Following is an opinion by Kelly Burris.
After 26 Years of Data Collection We Are Finally at Step 1
Efficacy of empirical data in Emotional Wellness (mental health) occurs when constants are measured and changed and legitimacy of the data occurs when it is generated by the client. The constant in Emotional Wellness (mental health) is the clients’ emotional state. Measuring, tacking and improving this constant at every session is what brings about the efficacy of an intervention.
Empirically sound and measurable outcomes in Emotional Health (mental health) are terms rarely used together because there are no standards of measurement as there are in Burris Emotional Wellness. We established a measurable outcome protocol in 1990 and have refined it down to a 22 point three instrument checklist.
Ask anyone to define normal and they will reference behavior. Normal cannot be determined via behavior but it can be determined via emotion, which is the driver for behavior. When making an observational subjective assessment as is done with children and ADHD one is bypassing the driver of the behavior or the root cause. The term observational subjective assessment in translation simple means one is guessing because there is a void of any meaningful data.
Even the most ambiguous definition of a thought process cannot be misconstrued as an illness or disease yet this is exactly what has been done by big pharma in order to get approximately ten percent of the population in the US over the age of six on antidepressants.
Evidence-based is a term coaches and mental health professionals use to indicate someone did a study on the process they are using. This does not mean these practitioners produce measurable outcomes. This is an important distinction if you need an indication of the competence and performance of a practitioner.