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SRS…anyone? March 30, 2006

Posted by ssmid in General.

Moved from comment on another post.

I am totally overwhelmed as it seems that all of the momentum and direction of my “project” has TOTALLY changed. I think that the change is a good one but…In speakign with my ES, AND as a result of some challenges experienced, I am changing my first change cycle 100%. Has anyone ever or presently working with a Session Rating Scale, SRS ( a la Scott Miller)? I am curious as I am going to implement the use of this scale to encourage continuation through increased investment/empowerment of clients through provision of feedback on the effectiveness of the sessions…I hope! Any thoughts or experience with SRS? Tips for implementation?…HELP!!



1. John Bureman - March 27, 2006

I’ve never heard of a SRS…is it something you can explain in 25 words or less?

John Bureman

2. Eldon Edmundson - March 28, 2006

John – If I understand it right, the Session Rating Scale addresses client satisfaction with the session they completed. It asks questions about how they felt about the interactions, whether or not they feel they are valued, etc.

Some sites using it are looking for ways to better respond to client needs, and give feedback to the counselor about what the client (s) think about the session. They use it as a process improvement tool along with ways to engage and get feedback from clients.

Sinnissippi is one site that has worked with it. Natalie Andrews would be a good contact there.


3. Kim Aichner - March 28, 2006

Mark Dodd @ Priarie Ridge has implemented and sustained a change based on SRS. He is a good source of information for this evidenced based practice.

Kim Aichner

4. Scott Smid - March 30, 2006

Thanks for the info on the SRS and the resources. I am just returning from a vacation and I am excited to get on it. For anyone who isn’t familiar with SRS see talkingcure.com

Scott Miller and his people created and work with it. I am excited to see what we can do with it…

5. Nadia Guevara - March 30, 2006

Can some one provide information on how to access this tool so that we can take a look at it, I have never heard of this SRS.

6. Scott Smid - March 31, 2006

The SRS is a product of Scott Miller and it is outlined and explained very well in his book What Works in therapy. It also is explained in his website http://www.talkingcure.com

7. Katherine - March 31, 2006

I went to the http://www.talkingcure.com website and you can register to receive free copies or pay a fee to use, etc. The SRS is copyrighted. However, I just wanted to see what it looked like, so I googled “Session Rating Scale” and found a pdf version of the SRS, version 3.0 (as well as the Outcome Rating Scale) on the following website: http://lifestreamtherapy.tripod.com/id6.html.

8. Angie - April 12, 2006

We used the SRS and the ORS at The Center last year for a chnage cycle on increasing continuation. We had good results, but in the long run we found that clients were scoring high on both still dropped out. I did a follow-up study with clients who dropped out that were still scoring high on the scales to see why this was. Most clients shared that they thoguth the scales were for rating the counselor, not their satisfaction or progress. We still continue to do it, but it was a bit modified to include the readiness to change ruler with the SRS and the ORS to see if we get more consistent results.

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