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May 27, 2007


Vicki Forman

Thank you so much, Jordan, and Susan. I will definitely be linking to this one. It's terrific.


Ditto to what Vicki said! This was great. I'm going to be using some of Jordan's points as I evaluate Nik's program at school and what I can/should ask for in the way of communication from the therapists —it's like pulling teeth to get feedback from them!


Yes, I agree. Thanks for the information and the "yardsticks," all of which helps to keep things in perspective. Great post.


I feel much the same way in my work as a clinical psychologist primarily specializing in treating pre-teens and adolescents. I often get the same question ("what's my child's prognosis?"), in one form or another, when I'm treating a young person with depression, panic disorder, an eating disorder, or any number of other mental health problems. I, too, wish I could tell parents an exact answer, as they would like. But it's way more complicated than that. And many of the same factors you outline here also predict better prognosis for kids in psychotherapy.


What percentage of parents are really asking the coded question 'is everything going to be o.k.?'
Best wishes


In response to mcewen's question, I would say I am asked the question in one form or another about 1/3 of the time.

Melissa Willa

Beautifully worded, Jordan. You have eloquently described the difficulties associated with answering the "big question"; at the same time you've provided families and therapists with a stellar reference tool for reflecting on services and considering outcomes.

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