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Best practices for using SimplePractice for therapy progress notes


SimplePractice is an amazingly easy electronic health record storage system. It comes with all the bells and whistles that one would expect from a leading EHR. It is fully HIPAA-compliant and allows you to store an endless amount of progress notes, psychotherapy notes, treatment plans, and billing information securely and neatly. Mental health therapists are increasingly turning to electronic health storage systems for their therapeutic progress notes.

Therapists spend a lot of time doing progress notes (also called session notes) after each session. Therapy progress notes are essential to providing sufficient clinical care, but frequently consume a lot of time. Being able to type up notes into SimplePractice is a lot more practical than writing everything out by hand. 

Despite this, progress notes can still take up a considerable amount of time. The biggest challenge in mental health documentation is coming up with clinical descriptions of the exact processes used in psychotherapy practice. Sometimes, clinicians default to saying something like “used cbt” or “processed with client,” but that is not sufficient. For best practice, progress notes need more detail. Therein lies the dilemma. Generally, people either write detailed progress notes and sacrifice time, or write short progress notes but sacrifice detail. This issue raises the question: how do you create optimal progress notes while simultaneously avoiding these trade-offs?

We made Chronicler to solve this progress notes dilemma. Supplement your post session workflow with Chronicler from Therapy Shelf to create high quality progress notes in record time. Chronicler streamlines the process of creating progress notes and gives you many, easily searchable interventions. When your note is complete, Chronicler lets you easily copy and paste into SimplePractice.

Using Chronicler, you no longer have to think of the right clinical language on your own. Instead, you have access to hundreds of prewritten statements right at your fingertips. We’ve spent countless hours crafting interventions based upon many different therapeutic modalities. Naturally, we cover modalities that are easier to objectively perform, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy, but we also support other modalities including Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and many more.

Chronicler is a web-based program which allows you to effortlessly develop a fully fleshed out, and customizable, progress note. Each step of the process helps to clarify your client’s symptoms and the interventions you use.

When you generate progress notes in Chronicler, you have access to an intuitive note-builder that leverages data science to suggest the most helpful phrases for your note. We are continually evolving Chronicler’s smart search capabilities to serve you and your clients better.

Naturally, you can always add your own custom therapeutic treatment statements to tailor your progress notes for the specific needs of your mental health therapy practice. You can even securely edit your therapy progress note before placing it into your desired EHR.

When you enhance your notes experience with Chronicler, you can write high quality, multi-paragraph progress notes in under two minutes, and get back to what matters most. All the while, you will learn and grow your repertoire of therapeutic experience to become a better therapist.

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