Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Partners for Change Outcome Management System, The

  • Barry DuncanEmail author
  • Jacqueline Sparks
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_896


Despite overall couple and family therapy efficacy, many clients do not benefit from treatment, dropouts are a problem, and therapists vary significantly in success rates, are poor judges of negative outcomes, and grossly overestimate their effectiveness (Duncan 2014). Progress Feedback (sometimes called “client feedback”) offers one solution. It refers to the continuous monitoring of client perceptions of benefit throughout therapy and a real-time comparison with an expected treatment response to gauge client progress and signal when change is not occurring as predicted. With this alert, clinicians and clients have an opportunity to shift focus, revisit goals, or alter interventions before deterioration or dropout.

One of the two progress feedback interventions included in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices is the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (Duncan 2012). Only the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Heart and Soul of Change ProjectJensen BeachUSA
  2. 2.Department of Human Development and Family StudiesUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA