We’re offering a limited number of private practitioners the opportunity to participate in a pilot project to understand the experiences and benefits of using an online system to manage client case notes, review progress and explore outcomes.

The aim of the project is to evaluate the online platform (Pragmatic Tracker) in terms of usability, practitioner experiences and the feasibility of rolling out the system on a larger scale, with consideration of necessary resources.

Alongside piloting the system, this project will enable you to contribute to the evidence base for counselling and psychotherapy in a traditionally under-researched area.

The project is expected to run until August 2020.

Why should you get involved?

The online client management system will enable you to manage client appointments, record session notes and use a range of outcome measures, helping you fulfil requirements in the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions to keep records and review client progress.

Existing research tells us that routinely reviewing client progress can improve the therapeutic relationship and lead to better outcomes for clients. However, we know it can be challenging to use questionnaires in day-to-day practice and want to explore how this system might help overcome some of these challenges.

What do you need to do?

To help us ensure this system and approach fit with your way of working as far as possible, we’d like your feedback on how you use the system and how you’ve found it as a client management tool, by completing a short survey at three month intervals about your experience.

To make best use of the system and contribute to the evidence base for the profession we're asking members to use outcome measures as part of the pilot project (the CORE-10 or YP-CORE, a measure of psychological distress and Session Rating Scale or Child Session Rating Scale, a measure of therapeutic alliance) at regular intervals during the therapeutic work. There’s also a range of other measures available in the system which you can use, depending on what you feel is appropriate for your clients.

With consent from both you and your clients, we’d pool anonymised client data to understand more about counselling in private practice.

How do you get involved?

If you work in private practice and would like to get involved, check your eligibility here.