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Writing Measurable Outcomes in Psychotherapy

Sharon Kopyc

Publication Date - June 2020

ISBN: 9780190927684

208 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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as an adjunct profession teaching undergraduate and graduate students. She has rowed competitively and looks forward to being on the Skuykill River in Philadelphia where she is a proud member of the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club, the oldest competitive women's rowing club in the US.


Writing Measurable Outcomes in Psychotherapy is an accessible and critical text for mental health counselors, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurses and others in behavioral health who write measureable objectives in treatment planning. Undergraduate and graduate students as well as those working in the field will find this an essential companion for writing meaningful and measurable goals and objectives for treatment plan outcomes.

The key component in this text is the presentation of the CDRS (Cognitive Domain Rating Scale), an efficient and logical model that is presented as key to writing measurable objectives. The CDRS, based on Bloom's Taxonomy of Six Cognitive Domains, is rooted in cognitive psychology. It is a method to "situate client's thinking about their problem" and quickly identifies action(s) for creating measurable outcomes. This text is keen for neophyte and veteran therapists with illustrations of case examples and treatment plans and includes a discussion of Evidence Based Practices. It is a succinct text that integrates three key elements significant for successful psychotherapy: the therapeutic alliance, a person-centered approach and feedback by using outcome rating scales. . Case examples, dialogue and treatment plans are included and is aimed at future counselors, social workers, and psychologists as well as those already practicing in the field.


  • The book applies Bloom's Taxonomy for cognitive domains (remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, and create) to the process of person-centered therapy allowing the therapist to quickly situate where the client is with her problem and stated goal.
  • A concise, accessible, and practical guide to an underappreciated critical skill that is often overlooked in educational and training programs - writing measurable goals and treatment plans.
  • In today's climate of evidence based practices, scrutinizing insurance providers and funders, and clients who are looking for results, it is more important than ever to be able to monitor and report on progress.

About the Author(s)

Sharon Kopyc, MSW, LCSW, is Director, Womanspace-Ardmore Drug and Alcohol Residential Facility

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: About Psychotherapy and Outcomes
    Chapter 2: Bloom's Taxonomy: The Cognitive Domain Rating Scale (CDRS)
    Chapter 3: Assessment: gathering information to write goals/objectives
    Chapter 4: Goals and objectives as it relates to outcomes
    Chapter 5: Examples of writing measurable outcomes using the language of Evidence Based Practices
    Chapter 6: Treatment plans
    Chapter 7: Stumbling Blocks
    Chapter 8: Questions and Review