Beyond critique: the Partners for Change outcome management system as an alternative paradigm to psychiatric diagnosis

Duncan, Barry L. and Sparks, Jacqueline A. and Timimi, Sami (2018) Beyond critique: the Partners for Change outcome management system as an alternative paradigm to psychiatric diagnosis. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 58 (1). pp. 7-29. ISSN 0022-1678

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Abstract

Critics claim that current psychiatric diagnostic systems lack reliability, validity, and clinical utility; are incompatible with known evidence of how change occurs in psychotherapy; are compromised by bias; and risk harmful effects for clients. This article argues that the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), a transparent, egalitarian process that collects and utilizes client feedback at each session, convincingly addresses these concerns. Furthermore, it suggests that PCOMS offers a viable alternative to the reimbursement and administrative functions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases. The authors propose that PCOMS represents a radical realignment of the practitioner/client relationship via full, dialogical partnership at every level of psychotherapy practice and thus constitutes a step toward a new paradigm that reconnects psychotherapy and humanistic psychology with its core relational values.

Keywords:PCOMS, DSM, ICD, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, International Classification of Diseases, systematic client feedback, Partners for Change Outcome Management System
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:26 Mar 2018 14:04

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