Success in therapy

Improve Patient Outcomes with the Help of Technology

A lot of therapists making the shift to telemedicine have experienced a few hiccups along the way.

Online therapy itself is new and most clinicians have not had any proper training on how to translate their in-person work to a digital platform. Plus, the switch to technology platforms that seem too cumbersome to use, creates even further barriers to providing effective therapy. Who ever dreamed an essential part of a good therapy session would be the client’s ability to log on?

As therapist and client experiment with online therapy, feedback is essential to figuring out what is working, and how to fix what is not. To keep communication open and transparent I recommend setting aside dedicated time each session to discuss the transition, and what has and hasn’t felt supportive.

Without this, it can be difficult to truly gauge whether the patient is satisfied with the mental health services they have received. If they are dissatisfied, they are less likely to share this information with you, which jeopardizes their outcome.

MyOutcomes for Mental Well Being is a company that provides practitioners with software that allows patients to give feedback on a session-by-session basis.  Practitioners and patients can view this feedback immediately, allowing for adjustments to improve the therapeutic alliance and increase the likelihood of the client achieving clinically significant, reliable change from the psychotherapeutic treatment or program provided.

Improve patient outcomes with the help of technology

MyOutcomes is committed to helping those in the mental healthcare field improve patient outcomes and simplify outcome reporting, offering standardized therapy outcome measures ideal for both in-person and Telehealth sessions. MyOutcomes recently released Telehealth Solution promises to dramatically simplify the routine monitoring of treatment outcomes, making remote administration as simple and engaging as face-to-face.

Here is what some of your colleagues are saying about these new features:

“That’s exactly the feature I’ve been looking forward to. Other companies use direct access links all the time, I was wondering why MyOutcomes wasn’t providing that option.”

“Like it! Often clients would find the login and password via email as a bit clunky.”

“This is way faster since the virtual platform I use has a chat function, so rather than me copying and pasting the login information or the client having to refer back to their email, I like that they can just click a link that I send them.”

There are four new ways to collect outcome and session ratings from clients. Perfect for Telehealth or in person sessions where clients want to use their own device

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  1. Send Access: It can be as simple as opening Give Access and clicking the button to send an email with access options to the client.
  2. Single Reminder: This option provides the opportunity to preselect a time and date to send an email with a customizable message to remind them to complete the scales and provide them with login access.
  3. Recurring Reminder: Clicking the Recurring Reminder button will open a page that now includes the custom message “ield option. Great for weekly group sessions.
  4. Direct Access Link: You can completely eliminate login issues by sharing the link in real time through your text or chat function. This link will enable the client to access their survey with one click.

To learn more read: MyOutcomes 2021 Telehealth Solution

Simple Elegance, Not Simple-mindedness

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How MyOutcomes’ simple web-based tool helps therapists achieve greater efficacy and success in therapy

I always enjoyed introducing my students to the concept of a good scientific theory, because it was an opportunity to introduce Ockham’s razor. I have always felt an affinity with William of Ockham and his argument that the best explanation was the one that held the least amount of assumptions. My affinity is probably due largely to my contraire nature and the tendency of so many around me to gravitate towards extremely convoluted explanations. Sometimes it gets so that I feel as if I am a simple scientist adrift in a sea of lawyers.

The discussion with my students was also an opportunity to point out that elegance is found in simplicity. For example, I would say, consider Carmen Miranda with her fruit basket hats and then consider a woman in a black, strapless evening gown with only a pearl necklace draped around her neck. Which of the two women would be considered more elegant, Carmen Miranda in her complex outfits or the woman who was simply dressed? Clearly, only a guy, who enjoys wearing purple zoot suits, would consider Carmen to be more elegant. However, simple elegance shouldn’t be viewed as lacking complexity. Both Carmen Miranda and the other woman equally encompass the complexity found in any human female. It’s just that the woman in the evening gown is presented more simply and, therefore, more elegantly.

Like the woman in the evening gown, the most elegant theories are also those that are more simply dressed. And, like with the woman in the evening gown, one shouldn’t confuse simple elegance with simple-mindedness. A case in point would be Einstein’s Theory of Relativity; so elegant in its mathematical simplicity, yet so powerful in its predictive ability.

There are many things in our world where we can see the application of Ockham’s razor. Take for example, Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS). PCOMS, with its conceptually simple Outcome Rating Scale (ORS) and Session Rating Scale (SRS), brings elegant power into the therapeutic setting. Its simplicity of presentation belies its powerful predictive ability. The ORS and SRS are simply-wrapped tools that, with effective training, can help therapists take their practice to the top.

MyOutcomes, the web-based tool for administering PCOMS, is the natural ally of psychotherapists helping their clients achieve their therapeutic goals. MyOutcomes has repeatedly demonstrated its innovativeness in its goal of helping psychotherapists improve their success.

To understand how to use the ORS and SRS to improve the effectiveness of the treatment you provide check out these training opportunities coming up this summer in Chicago:

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