Using the Assessment for Signal Clients as a feedback tool for reducing treatment failure

Melissa M. White, Michael J. Lambert, Benjamin M. Ogles, Stevie B. Mclaughlin, Russell J. Bailey, K. Morgan Tingey
2015 Psychotherapy Research  
The Clinical Support Tools (CST) was developed to help therapists organize and target potential problems that might account for negative outcomes in psychotherapy. The core of CST feedback is The Assessment for Signal Clients (ASC). The purpose of this study was to describe and identify patterns of problems that typically characterize off-track cases. A cluster analysis of 107 off-track clients revealed three client types: those whose problems were characterized by alliance and motivational
more » ... iculties; those characterized by social support and life event difficulties; and those whose problems had an indistinguishable pattern. Loglinear modeling showed that if patients had less therapeutic alliance problems they were also less likely to have motivational problems. Findings were also consistent with the cluster analysis, which showed that a relatively higher percentage of not-on-track participants received signal alerts for the social support items and scale. Individuals whose progress goes off-track appear to have their greatest difficulty with social support, losses, and therapy task agreement.
doi:10.1080/10503307.2015.1009862 pmid:25751744 fatcat:7fn6mzhy4rcdtgivdlji3tajdm