CWU_Mental_Health_Services_

CHART # 1—AVERAGE TREATMENT RESPONSE

2.75

2.50

2.25

2.00

1.75

1.50

6 7 8 9 5 4 3 2 1 0

20 15 16 17 18 19 21 12 13 14 11 10

SESSION NUMBER

NOTE: Data from 2012-2017. Clients with at least 2 attended individual counseling appointments that expressed high levels of distress during their first appointment. N=50,720.

This graph illustrates how students improve, on average, during the course of treatment regardless of any other variables such as presenting concern(s), length of treatment, time of semester, other treatments received, counseling center policies, treatment limits, etc. This can be thought of as an average “treatment response curve” and makes the point that there is an overall relationship between the length of treatment and the average reduction in distress. As such, a casual observer can easily recognize that an arbitrary limit of three sessions would restrict the potential positive impact of treatment. Although this visualization provides us with a perspective on how students respond to treatment in general, it fails to capture the nuance and complexity of the treatment process. For example, the flattening of the change curve after session 10 does not accurately depict the nature of change for students receiving longer treatment.

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