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ACU brings well-known author Dr. Barry Duncan to campus for therapy seminar

By Will Moore Media Relations Dept. ACU



Dr. Barry Duncan, well-known speaker, author and researcher in the mental health field, will be on campus this Friday, Sept. 3, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at ACU’s Hunter Welcome Center. He will lead a one-day seminar based on his book The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy.”We are excited to have someone of Dr. Duncan’s caliber on campus,” says Dr. Jamie Goff, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy clinic and assistant professor of marriage and family therapy. “This is an excellent opportunity for both students and professionals in the mental health field to learn about the most advanced research from an authoritative source.”{{more}}The seminar will focus on:• What works in clinical practice • How to deliver what works with an easily replicable system of feedback procedures • The value of embracing diversity for effective, ethical practice • How to accelerate development in clinical experience and not just repeat it An expert in the area of treatment outcomes, Dr. Duncan has developed methods of “continuous feedback” in use both nationally and internationally. His therapy and training techniques prevent premature termination of clients and increase treatment outcomes, says Dr. Larry Norsworthy, professor of psychology. Duncan is the director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project, a practice, training and evidence-based initiative that applies common factors and feedback research to ensure consumer voice in care and to improve outcomes. For more information on the project, visit With more than 100 publications to his credit, he has appeared on national TV programs, including Oprah and The View.“Dr. Duncan is truly on the cutting edge of understanding and measuring what works in treatment,” says Norsworthy.Tickets are $85 for adults and $25 for students. For more information and to register online, visit or contact the University Counseling Center at 674-2626. The event is sponsored by ACU’s Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Department of Psychology and the University Counseling Center.

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