Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D., is a therapist, trainer and researcher with over seventeen thousand hours of clinical experience. He is codirector of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change (ISTC) and practices in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Duncan 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 Fifteenth Annual Award for Scientific Writing for the book The Heart and Soul of Change and the Psychotherapy Networker “20 th 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. Barry has over one hundred publications, including thirteen books. His book The Heroic Client (revised edition) with Scott Miller and Jacqueline Sparks (Jossey Bass, 2004) offers a critique of mental health practice and suggests an alternative based in outcome management; Heroic Clients, Heroic Agencies: Partners for Change, with Jacqueline Sparks (ISTC Press, 2002), details the “how-tos” of involving clients as valued partners and provides down-to-earth suggestions for transforming mental health services into client-directed practices; and finally the American Psychological Association’s (APA) best-selling The Heart and Soul of Change, with Scott Miller and Mark Hubble (APA Press, 1999), provides a thorough treatment of “what works” in therapy from the most noted scholars in psychology. After seven years of research, Barry co-developed a scientifically tested outcome management system designed to provide clients, frontline mental health professionals, administrators and payers with feedback about the client’s response to mental health services, thus enabling more effective care at a substantial cost reduction.

Because of his self-help books, he has appeared on Oprah, The View, and several other national TV programs. Barry Duncan conducts seminars internationally to both lay and professional audiences in the science, philosophy and methods presented in What’s Right with You. He can be reached at or

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