Beyond Critique: The Partners for Change Outcome Management System as an Alternative Paradigm to Psychiatric Diagnosis. Duncan, B. L., Sparks, J. A., & Timimi, S. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 58(1):7–29, January, 2018.
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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.
@article{duncan_beyond_2018,
	title = {Beyond {Critique}: {The} {Partners} for {Change} {Outcome} {Management} {System} as an {Alternative} {Paradigm} to {Psychiatric} {Diagnosis}},
	volume = {58},
	issn = {0022-1678, 1552-650X},
	shorttitle = {Beyond {Critique}},
	url = {http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0022167817719975},
	doi = {10.1177/0022167817719975},
	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.},
	language = {en},
	number = {1},
	urldate = {2020-03-18},
	journal = {Journal of Humanistic Psychology},
	author = {Duncan, Barry L. and Sparks, Jacqueline A. and Timimi, Sami},
	month = jan,
	year = {2018},
	pages = {7--29},
}
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