School-based counseling using systematic feedback: a cohort study evaluating outcomes and predictors of change

Mick Cooper, Dave Stewart, Jacqueline Sparks, Lisa Bunting

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Abstract

The outcomes of school-based counseling incorporating the Partners for Change Outcome Monitoring System (PCOMS) were evaluated using a cohort design, with multilevel modeling to identify predictors of change. Participants were 288 7-11 year olds experiencing social, emotional or behavioral difficulties. The intervention was associated with significant reductions in psychological distress, with a pre-post effect size (d) of 1.49 on the primary outcome measure and 88.7% clinical improvement. Greater improvements were found for disabled children, older children, and where CBT methods were used. The findings provide support for the use of systematic feedback in therapy with children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-488
Number of pages15
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Volume23
Issue number4
Early online date1 Nov 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • school counselling
  • treatment outcome
  • client-treatment matching
  • child psychotherapy
  • psychological distress
  • client directed outcome informed therapy
  • partners for change outcome management system

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Impact on policy, investment and provision of counselling services for young people in the UK

Mick Cooper (Participant), Lucia Berdondini (Participant) & Lorna Carrick (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Health and welfare - new products, guidelines and services

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