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 date01 Nov 2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • client feedback
    • school counseling
    • child psychotherapy
    • therapeutic outcomes
    • eclectic psychotherapy
    • PCOMS

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