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The second edition of On Becoming a Better Therapists is now available. Thoroughly updated with 2 additional chapters: one covering PCOMS with youth, couples, and families and one addressing implementation of PCOMS.

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  1. 1. New Book Information APA Books ________________________________________________________________________ May 12, 2014 On Becoming a Better Therapist Second Edition Evidence-Based Practice One Client at a Time Barry L. Duncan (https://heartandsoulofchange.com) How can therapists become better at doing what they love, avoid burnout, and prevent client dropout? Respected therapist, trainer, and researcher Barry Duncan asserts that getting better at this work requires therapists to dedicate themselves to two key tasks: obtaining systematic client feedback and taking charge of their own development as a therapist. In this book, Duncan describes his SAMHSA designated evidence based practice, the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS), which provides systematic feedback from clients, thereby enabling therapists to identify and target clients who aren’t responding to traditional treatment before they drop out or realize a negative outcome. But, PCOMS is not a specific treatment model for a particular client diagnosis—it’s a horse of a different color. It is a-theoretical and therefore may be added to or integrated with any model of practice; and it applies to all diagnostic categories. So, in effect, one size does fit all, allowing you to be evidence based across your clients. And, more important, PCOMS is evidence based at the individual client-therapist level. Collecting client feedback monitors whether this therapeutic approach provided by this therapist is benefiting this client. It provides a seemingly contradictory way to become evidence based across all your clients while tailoring services to the individual client’s needs, preferences, and culture— or evidence based practice one client at a time. Duncan examines the common factors inherent to all successful therapies and details the importance of the therapeutic alliance as the foundation of effective therapy. He encourages therapists to expand their theoretical breadth, think deeply about the lessons they learn from their clients, and integrate these lessons into their practice. Scholarly yet deeply personal, with lively case examples and unfailing good humor, this is essential reading for anyone seeking to rediscover purpose in their work. New to this edition are two chapters, one demonstrating PCOMS with couples, families, and youth and the other presenting how to implement PCOMS on an organizational scale. Duncan also answers many thoughtful questions raised by trainees and readers of the last edition.
  2. 2. For information about Barry, PCOMS, or the Heart and Soul of Change Project, visit: https://heartandsoulofchange.com Hardcover. 270 pages. 2014. APA Members/Affiliates: $49.95 List: $59.95 Item #: 4317334 ISBN-10: 1-4338-1745-4 ISBN-13: 978-1-4338-1745-8 To order contact: American Psychological Association Order Department PO Box 92984 Washington, DC 20090-2984 Phone: (202) 336-5510; Fax: (202) 336-5502 Toll-free: (800) 374-2721; TDD/TTY (202) 336-6123 E-mail: order@apa.org; Internet: www.apa.org/pubs/books