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Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University
501 Student Health Center
University Park, PA 16802-4601
Phone: (814) 863-0395
Fax: (814) 863-9610
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The Standardized Data Set (SDS) is a set of questions and answers used by counseling centers during routine clinical practice. The SDS contains a number of "core" or required items and a larger number of optional items. Over 100 counseling centers participated in the creation of the Standardized Data Set (SDS) beginning in 2006. The SDS is reviewed annually and feedback is always welcome from member centers. The principle goal of the SDS is to encourage the collection and pooling of standardized information that can be compared at the national level. The current SDS was released on July 1st, 2012.  

In addition to the SDS, CCMH also manages a multi-dimensional assessment/monitoring instrument called the Counseling Center Assessment of Psychological Symptoms (CCAPS)

Additional Standardized Data Forms

The following standardized data forms are included in Titanium Schedule with the CCAPS and SDS:

Appointment Categories

This form was developed by the CCMH Advisory Board in 2013 for the purpose of providing a 'common language' across all appointment descriptions within counseling centers.

CCMH Critical Incident Form

This form was developed by the CCMH Advisory Board in 2012 for the purpose of tracking high-risk client behaviors/events that occur during treatment. 

Clinician Indence of Client Concerns (CLICC)

The CLICC was designed by CCMH to capture, and facilitate reporting on, the most common presenting concerns of counseling center clients at the point of "intake", or equivalent, as assessed by the clinician.  The resulting data will enable individual centers, and CCMH, to quickly and easily report on the most common client concerns in addition to supporting a wide variety of research.  The CLICC includes 44 concerns and asks the clinician to (a) check all that apply and (b) to identify the 'top concern' of those selected.  This dual approach captures the complexity of each client and the 'primary' concern per client.

Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)

Developed by the World Health Organization, the AUDIT is a 10-item scale for evaluating (1) harzardous alcohol use, (2) symptoms of dependence, and (3) harmful alcohol use. 

  • Fleming, M. F., Barry, K. L., & McDonald, R. (1991). The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) in a college sample. The Inter- national Journal of the Addictions, 26, 1173–1185.

My Resilience Factors (MRF)

This 30-item inventory assesses four domains of resilience (social connections, self-care, life-skills, and cognitive style) and was specifically designed to assess college student resilience. This instrument was commissioned by LEAD Pittsburgh as part of their "Student Curriculum on Resiliency Education" (SCORE). This instrument is being piloted during 2012-2013 academic year for refinement and evaluation. 

Self-Compassion Scale (SCS) and Almost Perfect Scale-Revised (APS-R)

These two well-established instruments are also being piloted to examine college student resilience perfectionism. The SCS-SF was developed to measure an individual’s tendency to be kind to oneself in instances of pain or failure, to perceive one’s life as part of the larger human condition, and to hold thoughts and emotions in mindful awareness. The APS-R was developed in 2001 and is used to assess perfectionism. 

  • Slaney, R. B., Rice, K. G., Mobley, G., Trippi, J., & Ashby, J. S. (2001). The revised almost perfect scale. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 34, 130-145.
  • Raes, F., Pommier, E., Neff, K., & Van Gucht, D. (2011). Construction and factorial validation of a short form of the Self-Compassion Scale. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 18, 250-255.