The Rickter Scale

What does the tool measure:

The Rickter Scale is an outcomes monitoring tool, measuring various aspects of a client’s life, such as stress, health and confidence, allowing for comparison over time to track changes an individual may be experiencing, or the ‘distance travelled’.

Who can use the tool?

The scale is used to monitor outcomes for clients relating to confidence and wellbeing, with an interview using the board lasting typically for around 30-40 minutes. The scale can be adapted to work in different areas, such as those with disabilities, unemployment or multiple difficulties and be used in different settings due to the portability of the board.

How does the tool/approach work?

The Rickter Scale involves a hand-held adjustable board, on which clients can demonstrate on scale of 0 to 10 how they are feeling about different aspects of their lives, as part of a self assessment process.

Using the tool can assist clients to make future choices and set their own personal goals towards achievement of soft outcomes, helping them with exploring the bigger picture of their own progress. The premise behind the tool is to demonstrate the progress made by clients, moving from a disordered life, to having a sense of consistency. This can be achieved by examining changes to outcomes scales, over time, in follow-up sessions.

How to get started and further information:

To use the tool and become a Licensed Rickter Scale Practitioner, there are one day training courses available, licensing practitioners to use the scale, within their organisation. More details can be found on the Rickter Scale site, alongside case studies and reports for further information: