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by Barry L. Duncan

eBook On Becoming a Better Therapist download ISBN: 1433807572
Author: Barry L. Duncan
Publisher: Amer Psychological Association; 1 edition (February 28, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 211
ePub: 1353 kb
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Rating: 4.7
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Category: Different
Subcategory: Social Sciences

For those would like more information about Duncan and his work, the following sources are recommended: Duncan and Miller (2006); Duncan, Miller, and Sparks (2004); and Duncan, Miller, Wampold, and Hubble (2010).

For those would like more information about Duncan and his work, the following sources are recommended: Duncan and Miller (2006); Duncan, Miller, and Sparks (2004); and Duncan, Miller, Wampold, and Hubble (2010).

Every day it seems there are dozens of therapeutic approaches, fully-manualized treatments hot off the press, and twenty more clinical tests meant to measure the precise extent of evolving psychopathologies.

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A. s unsophisticated as it sounds, most of us got into this business because we wanted to help people, and most of us carry an inextinguishable passion to become better at what we do.

Dr. Duncan has over one hundred publications, including fifteen books addressing systematic client feedback, consumer rights and involvement, the power of relationship, and a risk/benefit analysis of psychotropic medications. Because of his self-help books, including What’s Right With You, he has appeared on Oprah, The View, and several other national TV programs.

Because of his self-help books, Dr. Duncan has been featured on several national television programs including The View and Oprah. He also released his latest video, Using Client Feedback in Therapy.

Most of us became therapists because we wanted to be helpful to other human beings, and most of us carry an inextinguishable passion to become better at it. But how do we get better? The truth is that although we are painfully aware that some clients clearly don't benefit while others inexplicably end therapy, we don't know how effective we really are or what we can do to improve our outcomes. Despite our hard work and good intentions, unfruitful encounters with clients combined with the confusing cacophony of "latest" developments can weigh on us, steer us into ruts, and make us forget why we became therapists to begin with. How can we remember our original aspirations, continue to develop as therapists, and achieve better results, more often, with a wider variety of clients? In short: how can you become a better therapist? On Becoming a Better Therapist answers these questions and more. Barry Duncan pragmatically applies the common factors of change as well as the powerful benefits of client feedback described in the The Heart and Soul of Change to demonstrate how to be even better at what you do best and, at the same time, expand your effectiveness with clients who may not respond to your usual efforts. In the first book to detail the clinical nuances of using feedback to improve outcomes, Duncan presents a simple, five-step method of integrating outcome management with therapists' long-term professional development. With lively case examples unfailing good humor, and a deep affection for therapy and therapists, Duncan's book is essential reading for anyone who seeks to rediscover purpose in their work and become a better therapist. Feedback pioneer Michael Lambert says, "The possibility and novelty of Duncan's ideas makes this an important and provocative contribution to the field."
Comments: (7)
Wow, this guy lays it on the line and is very practical. I love his logic that doesn't give in to dogma, but only the facts. He has a heart to be a better therapist who doesn't allow ego to get in the way. I plan to follow this and double my effectiveness too.
This is not a bad book, and I won't criticize except to say I did not find it as compelling and well- written as other reviewers on this site. I think session by session feedback from clients is a good idea, and I appreciate the lit review and the sources on years of outcome research.
One of my professors assigned this book as the main text in my graduate course and I am grateful that he chose this book! This book is a great read for therapists-in-training who are looking for methods to grow as a clinician and become a more effective helper.
This book came recommended by the college professor. It helps to assess if the work that a clinician is doing with their clients is effective. The only downfall are the progress worksheets, the scale is hard to read.
As a practitioner that has used Client Directed Outcome Informed therapy (CDOI) since 2003 it took me a while to buy and read this book. It was worth the price of admission. The essence of CDOI is included with the bonus of how to improve as a therapist. Dr. Duncan provides information about the process of change related to both clients and therapists.
Dr. Duncan addresses issues of the field clearly. He writes once again of quality of care, and how we as clinicians can address, systematically our desire to improve. During this era that includes the continued process of administrations judging clinical work by quality, quantity and timing of the paper work Dr. Duncan gives feasible means of addressing our deeper need to know we are helping clients and how we can improve the work we do in the process.
Much research is cited. It is comforting to have research as a base yet the book is easy to read, with the references providing sustenance not places where the reader has to understand Chi squared.
He ends the book with what he calls the Treasure Chest. This is a way to remind ourselves of successes. While bureaucracy can bludgeon a therapist we can take satisfaction from what Dr. Duncan calls the "privilege of making a difference". Highlight the successes, learn from the failures and continue to improve learning as you go with each client as a teacher. Systematic feedback from the client a key to CDOI and to Duncan's book.

Bill Frederick, LCSW, PC
Muncie, Indiana
Dr. Barry Duncan's newest book, HOW TO BE A BETTER THERAPIST, definitely delivers on its title. With conviction, peer-reviewed research, passion for his mission, incredible real-life examples, and easy good humor, Duncan drives home the overriding principle that everything gets better when feedback is king!

Furthermore, Duncan's perspective and personal stories remind therapists why they became therapists in the first place! He calls to mind the courage it takes for the client/customer to reach out for help - and the duty every therapist has to provide the best that psychotherapy has to offer (and the "best" is always more than just the therapy technique du jour). Being a "better therapist" involves creating and maintaining a genuine client/counselor synergy that focuses on the client's strengths, interprets and highlights the client's roadmap to greater well-being, and sets up a trusting interplay of feedback to provide discipline and progress for the client, regardless of the challenges involved.

And the best news is that Duncan's beliefs and ideas come across without Duncan even having to extol his own argument. HIS behavior with HIS clients tells the story as persuasively as the research.

Simply stated, Duncan's new book is helpful, instructive, inspiring, and enjoyable. It is a GIFT to psychotherapists - and to the countless clients around the globe benefiting from Duncan's work.

Candis J. Carr, Ed.D.
Associate Executive Director
Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Inc.