Advanced Counseling and Research Services seeks to be a reliable community resource for individuals seeking quality counseling services. Individuals seeking therapy can often find information about the services available in the community but have great difficulty assessing the quality of those services.
Individuals seeking therapy for themselves or others may find the following services beneficial:
Evaluation of Potential Counseling Service: Individuals can contract with Advanced Counseling and Research Services to evaluate a potential counseling source. This evaluation will include such things as the qualifications of individuals providing the clinical services, compliance to "best practices", focus on individualized therapy, measurable clinical indicators used to determine client progress, and measurable indicators of overall treatment effectiveness within the practice.
Evaluation of Outcomes Research Initiatives: There are many different types of research activities that can generate "evidence" of counseling effectiveness. Some of these approaches are more rigorous than others. Some approaches have little or no validity or reliability and are virtually worthless as stand-alone indicators of treatment effectiveness.
Advanced Counseling and Research Services provides an opportunity for individuals seeking therapy from an "evidence-based" treatment program to better understand the dimensions and rigor of the research effort. On behalf of the individual, Advanced Counseling and Research Services will request information regarding the research efforts under consideration and evaluate the research design for accuracy and rigor.
Treatment Monitoring: Advanced Counseling and Research Services will assist in the monitoring of therapy provided by other practitioners or agencies. Working on behalf of the individual client, efforts will be made to determine the quality and effectiveness of the clinical services being provided.
Corporate and Community / Therapy and Research Support
Clinical Counseling Impact
In this era of accountability, counseling professionals and agencies are facing greater demands to prove that the clinical services they offer actually result in positive client behavior change. The element of proof of clinical effectiveness is also changing from the traditional "clinical opinion" to a more rigorous reliance on formal outcomes including both qualitative and quantitative measures.
Advanced Counseling and Research Services believes that all professionals have a professional and ethical responsibility to engage in valid, on-site research efforts to support their clinical services. Through the use of selected age-appropriate psychometric instruments, our clinicians collect, analyze, and interpret objective data throughout the counseling experience to incorporate into a comprehensive assessment of each client and to help determine the impact of counseling.
Advanced Counseling and Research Service makes the following services available to other counseling practitioners and agencies that seek to engage in valid, site-based outcomes research initiatives to support their clinical services.
Research Design Development
All counseling services are unique when considering the nature of clientele served, the professional training and qualifications of clinical staff, the counseling specialties represented, and the theoretical approaches used in therapy. An appropriate research design addresses the uniqueness of each counseling entity and reflects those clinical elements that form the philosophical tenets of the professional practice. Advanced Counseling and Research Services can help counseling professionals and agencies develop meaningful research designs that include sufficient rigor to assess the effectiveness of the clinical services provided to the public.
Data Analysis and Interpretation
The analysis and interpretation of quantitative data can present a major challenge for professionals seeking to assess the effectiveness of their clinical services. Understanding "significant differences" and "effect size" are important features to consider in behavioral research. Advanced Counseling and Research Services maintains access to current statistical software programs (SPSS) to assist in data analysis and interpretation.