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On Becoming a Better Therapist: Evidence Based Practice One Client at a Time (A Two-Day Workshop)

Barry L. Duncan, PsyD, LP:

Mall of America 
Suite 402
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60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

Cost: $229 (Free breakfast catered by CRAVE included) 


12.0 CE Hours available from the MN Board of Psychology, MN Board of Social Work, and the MN Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.

Workshop Description:

Despite therapy’s overall efficacy, many clients drop out or do not benefit and therapists vary significantly in success rates. Systematic client feedback provides a solution. It involves a real-time, collaborative look at consumer progress, and signals when change is not occurring. With this, clinicians and clients have an opportunity to shift focus, re-visit goals, and alter interventions before a negative outcome. This two-day workshop presents the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), a SAMHSA evidence based practice, and provides all you need to start with your next client—to improve your outcomes, track your development as a therapist, and form true partnerships with those we serve. Supported by mounting empirical evidence and widespread implementation, PCOMS focuses the practitioner on providing evidence based practice one client at a time.

About Barry L. Duncan, PsyD, LP:

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Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D. is the Director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project, CEO of Better Outcomes Now, and the developer of the clinical process of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System, a SAMHSA designated evidence based practice. Dr. Duncan is a therapist, trainer, and researcher with over 17,000 hours of clinical experience. He has over one hundred publications, including seventeen books addressing client feedback, consumer rights, and the power of relationship. Combining those topics, his latest book, On Becoming a Better Therapist (2nd ed., APA, 2014) describes PCOMS as a way to improve client outcomes, accelerate therapist development, and help therapists re-remember why they became therapists in the first place.

Agenda (both days):

8:30am - Registration & breakfast begin 
9:00am - Program begins
12:00pm - Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm - Program resumes
4:30pm - Program ends

Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will identify the problems of providing services: drop outs, clients who do not benefit, and therapist variability in outcomes
  2. Participants will identify the rationales for PCOMS and how it addresses the problems in the field
  3. Participants will connect egalitarian services, social justice and PCOMS, and how PCOMS operationalizes client privilege by including consumers in all decisions that affect their care 
  4. Participants will demonstrate a simple early warning system to dramatically improve effectiveness by early identification of those clients who are not responding 
  5. Participants will learn about how eliciting client feedback about the alliance and outcome leads to conversation enabling new directions in treatment and the recapturing of clients who would have otherwise not benefited
  6. Participants will learn how to track their development over the course of their careers via PCOMS.

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