Progress Research in Couple and Family Therapy
Client feedback; Practice-based evidence; Progress monitoring; Progress research; Routine outcome measurement; Systematic client feedback
Progress feedback refers to the routine collection of client feedback in psychotherapy services to track client progress, identify at-risk clients, and facilitate adjustment of therapy to prevent premature dropout or negative outcome (Lambert 2015). While progress feedback systems have been extensively tested in individual psychotherapy, development of scientifically sound and viable feedback systems for systemic work is still in its early stages. This entry discusses the theoretical underpinnings of progress feedback and its relevance and applicability to couple and family practice.
Theoretical Context for Concept
Close to 60% of clients in routine care have poor outcomes compared with approximately 30–40% of clients in clinical trials (Hansen et al. 2002). Outcomes for children and youth appear more concerning, with 40–60%...
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