The two measures we used most commonly at the Institute are the Outcome and Session Rating Scales. Because both were designed to give reliable measurements of client functioning (ORS) and client treatment satisfaction (SRS) in a brief time frame (i.e., 1-minute or less), they are meant to be used with every client in every session.

Outcome Rating Scale

The ORS is a widely used and scientifically validated scale that is designed to assess clients’ individual (personal well-being), interpersonal (family, close relationships), and social (work, school, friendship) functioning (Miller et al., 2003).

Session Rating Scale

The SRS is a widely used and scientifically validated scale that is designed to assess clients’ satisfaction with therapy and the therapist (Duncan et al., 2003). This means that the SRS helps measure the strength of the alliance between therapist and client, which is one of the strongest predictors of treatment outcome (see Sprenkle et al., 2009).