Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D.
Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D. is a therapist, trainer, and researcher with over 17,000 hours of clinical experience. Dr. Duncan is the director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project, a practice-driven, training and research initiative that focuses on what works in therapy, and more importantly, how to deliver it on the front lines.
Barry has received numerous awards for his contributions to the mental health field, including the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology’s first annual “Outstanding Alumnus Award,” the Menninger Foundation’s 15th Annual Award for Scientific Writing for the book The Heart and Soul of Change, and the Psychotherapy Networker “20th Anniversary All Time Top Ten Award” for the article “Exposing the Mythmakers,” recognizing it as one of the most influential features in the magazine’s history.
Dr. Duncan has over one hundred publications, including fifteen books, most of which are available at http://www.clientdirectedoutcomeinformed.com/assets/bookstore.aspx. His latest books include The Heroic Client (2nd edition, Jossey Bass, 2004), Heroic Clients, Heroic Agencies: Partners for Change (2nd ed., 2010 E Edition), the 2nd edition of Brief Intervention for School Problems (Guilford, 2007), the 2nd edition of the Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works (APA, 2010), and the just out, On Becoming A Better Therapist (APA, 2010).
Barry is the co-developer of the Outcome Rating Scale (ORS), Session Rating Scale (SRS), Child ORS, and Child SRS, measures designed to give clients the voice they deserve and level the therapeutic process, as well as provide clients, clinicians, administrators, and payers with feedback about the client’s response to services, thus enabling more effective care tailored to client preferences.
Because of his self help books, he has appeared on “Oprah,” “The View,” and several other national TV programs. His latest self help book, What’s Right With You, challenges the business as usual mentality of “What’s wrong with you” and instead demonstrates how to rally natural resources and resiliencies to overcome life challenges.
Barry conducts seminars internationally in hopes of inciting insurrection against practices that diminish clients and encouraging therapists to establish their own identity. His workshops include The Heroic Client: Becoming Client Directed and Outcome Informed and The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy (based on the second edition of the same title). This workshop translates fifty years of psychotherapy outcome research into practical clinical skills that therapists can use for the efficient resolution of client difficulties. It also details the essentials of practice based evidence and using client feedback to tailor services.
Finally, a brand new workshop based on the new book, On Becoming A Better Therapist, speaks to therapists directly and suggests that they become proactive about two major areas: attaining systematic client feedback and taking their development as a therapist to heart. Integrating these two critical aspects can open new vistas for therapists wishing to rapidly impact the quality of their work with clients. Barry also translates all of these ideas for general audiences and conducts training based on his self-help book, What’s Right With You.
- Certification and accreditation exists to benefit consumers.
- DBT providers and programs will be most effective when Evidence-Based Practice in Psychology (EBPP) is applied with fidelity to the approved policy of the American Psychological Association (APA).