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Effectiveness of Tracking Goals in Counselling

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03000153
Recruitment Status : Not yet recruiting
First Posted : December 21, 2016
Last Update Posted : May 8, 2017
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Recent evidence suggests that focusing on positive goals rather than problems to avoid, may be associated with better psychological health and attainment of goals. In addition, the advantages of using personalised measures have been highlighted in a number of studies. The Goals Form is a new measure that comprises both elements. It invites clients, in collaboration with their therapist, to identify up to seven goals for therapy typically at a first assessment session and then to rate them on a 1-7 Likert scale, with 1 being not at all achieved and 7 being completely achieved. This research is important for clinical practice as it provides the foundations to identify what might be a helpful factor in counselling and psychotherapy.

The aim of the study is to test whether the use of the Goals Form leads to better clinical outcomes in counselling and psychotherapy. Participants in this study are counsellors and service users at Tower Hamlets Mind. The design of this study is a trial, which looks at comparing outcome measure scores in 'therapy as usual' and 'therapy using the Goals Form' when participants are randomly assigned to one of the two conditions. Interventions in this study involve using the Goals Form at the start of every session and taking part in a 30 minute interview once therapy has ended to give feedback about using the form in therapy . In addition to assessing outcome, the study also serves to compare satisfaction scores across the two conditions. It is a pilot to determine the feasibility of such trial including recruitment rates over a period of a year, adherence of counsellors and clients to the protocol, and the ethical issues raised.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Mental Health Impairment Other: Completing the Goals Form

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Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Goals in Mind: A Randomised Controlled Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Tracking Goals in Counselling
Anticipated Study Start Date : May 27, 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date : May 27, 2017
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 1, 2017
Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Completing the Goals Form
In this arm, client participants will complete the Goals Form in collaboration with their therapists at the start of every session.
Other: Completing the Goals Form
The Goals Form is a personalised outcome measure where clients enter their goals in collaboration with their assessor. Goals are then rated at the start of every session and open the therapeutic dialogue.
Other Name: Goals Form
No Intervention: therapy as usual
In this arm, clients will have therapy as usual.

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. CORE-10 [ Time Frame: 5 minutes ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Service satisfaction survey [ Time Frame: 5 minutes ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • All clients referred for counselling in the service.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Service users who do not understand verbal and written communication in English
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03000153

Contact: Gina Di Malta, PsychD +44 (0) 20 8392 3540 gina.dimalta@roehampton.ac.uk

United Kingdom
Tower Hamlets Mind Not yet recruiting
London, United Kingdom
Contact: Philippa Madden         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Roehampton
Study Director: Mick Cooper, PhD Professor of Counselling Psychology