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Spring Harbor, MMC to host "Becoming Outcome Informed:
A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness”

Members of the Social Work & Clinical Counseling Peer Committee of Spring Harbor Hospital and Maine Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry are pleased to sponsor “Becoming Outcome Informed: A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness,” featuring Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D, author of The Heroic Client and Heart and Soul of Change.  The full-day program takes place Friday, April 10, 2009, at Maine Medical Center’s Dana Center Auditorium in Portland.

Dr. Duncan is a therapist, trainer, and researcher with more than 17,000 hours of clinical experience treating individuals with mental health and substance use issues. He is Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change (ISTC) and has over 100 publications, including 14 professional and self-help books. His recent books help clinicians deliver effective care through outcome management while transforming mental health and substance abuse services into client-directed practices.

At the upcoming conference, Dr. Duncan will demonstrate how therapists can elicit clients’ feedback to inform their work, improve and demonstrate effectiveness, and give clients the voice they deserve.

“Recent research has shown that using client-based outcome feedback increases effectiveness by an incredible 65% in clinical settings,” says Dr. Duncan. “That’s more than anything in the history of psychotherapy.”

Dr. Duncan’s program will offer participants “reliable, valid, and feasible methods” for discussing the client’s view of both the progress and fit of therapy services, enabling the feedback to shape and enhance the client’s benefit.

Conference participants will additionally analyze the pitfalls of evidence-based practice; examine simple outcome assessments that can be used with clients on a session-by-session basis; and learn how to dramatically improve their effectiveness.

The intended audience for the conference includes psychiatry and mental health professionals, drug and addictions professionals, students of social work and clinical counseling, and educators.

Conference registration is $85 and includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments, and continuing education credits. For more information, please call 207-761-2239 or visit the conference website,

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