Yesterday’s post on addiction counseling as community organization got me thinking about something I’d heard from a Scott Miller presentation.
Miller argued that treatment outcomes are due to the following factors in the following proportions:
- 40%: client and extratherapeutic factors (such as ego strength, social support, etc.)
- 30%: therapeutic relationship (such as empathy, warmth, and encouragement of risk-taking)
- 15%: expectancy and placebo effects
- 15%: techniques unique to specific therapies
Part of his argument was that we can’t control that 40% related to client and external factors, and we spend tons of time and capital arguing about the 15% related to specific therapies. He argues that we should spend much more time on the 45% we have more control over, hope and the alliance.
Here’s what I was thinking—that recovery management attends to that 45% plus the 40% Miller says is out of our hands. Bill White calls on us to shape those external factors. The attention to family, community, social, vocational, educational and other factors extends our reach.
Its worth noting that Physician Health Programs do this too, by creating social peer support (caduceus groups) and support within the workplace.
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Excellent! I think that may be part of the reason there are particular counselors that clients appreciate more. The ability to connect with a person and see where in the stages of change the client is in …
Yes, Miller argues that you can’t do anything about the 40% of extratherapeutic factors, so your time and attention are best directed to the 30% you can influence, the relationship.
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