Performance of Mental Health Counselors in Integrated Primary and Behavioral Health Care

Dogukan Ulupinar, Carlos Zalaquett, So Rin Kim, Jonna M. Kulikowich

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Integrated primary and behavioral health care (IPBH) is becoming a preferred mode of service delivery in the United States. Integrated care includes the participation of medical and mental health professionals, such as mental health counselors. The clinical outcomes of these professionals need to be studied to determine their effectiveness in such settings. We examined the performance of 10 mental health counselors on the clinical outcome of 1,747 clients treated in an IPBH center. Analyses using growth curve modeling and pre-post test design revealed that mental health counselors were effective overall, but they differed in client dropout rates and efficiency in reducing clients' initial symptoms. We used the analyses to rank order counselors based on their effectiveness. Counselors who were the most effective varied in their efficiency but demonstrated the lowest client dropout rates. Implications for future research and counseling practice were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


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