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Northcentral University Launches Marriage and Family Therapy Lecture Series


Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D, therapist, trainer, and researcher will present first address in a bi-monthly series designed to offer high-quality training in the growing MFT field

Prescott Valley, Arizona (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

Northcentral University's School of Behavioral and Health Sciences' Marriage and Family Therapy Program today announced the launch of a bi-monthly lecture series created to present high-quality training in the growing MFT field. The first lecture will be presented on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 12:00 Noon, PST, via a live Webcast. Renowned therapist Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D. will be speaking on a topic entitled: “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Mental Health Services – Consumer Feedback to the Rescue.”

“We're excited to have Dr. Duncan on board for our inaugural lecture in this series,” notes Darren W. Adamson, Ph.D., LMFT, Associate Professor for Northcentral's Marriage and Family Therapy Programs. “We're committed to offering high-quality MFT training, and in the future, this lecture series will cover, among other topics, Ethics; Licensure; Research; and Applications of Systems Theory.”

Duncan's talk will focus on how to improve mental health and substance abuse services, including issues such as dropouts among patients who greatly need services. Duncan has developed the Partners for Change Outcome Management System, offering a viable solution by identifying at risk clients before they drop out or realize a negative outcome while simultaneously raising the bar of all therapists' performance.

“Consumer feedback lets therapists offer better service and improves outcomes tremendously,” notes Duncan. “Most outcome management services are cumbersome, but I'm advocating a feasible process that's simple to implement – only taking five to 10 minutes per session – that I believe will ultimately lead to mental health professionals becoming even better therapists.”
Duncan has over 17,000 hours of clinical experience, and is director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project (, a practice-driven, training and research initiative that focuses on what works in therapy, and how to deliver it on the front lines via client based outcome feedback or PCOMS. Duncan has over one hundred publications, including fifteen books. Because of how compelling his self-help books are, he has appeared on "Oprah,” “The View," and several other national TV programs.

To register for this free lecture, simply send an e-mail to mft(at)ncu(dot)edu
Northcentral will reserve your spot and send login information. Interested parties who are unable to attend the live lecture may also send an e-mail request to mft(at)ncu(dot)edu. You will be provided with a link to the recorded session once it is posted.

About Northcentral University

Founded in 1996, and located in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Northcentral University is an accredited, private, online university serving adult students around the world. Northcentral's weekly course starts—with no physical residency requirements—are designed to meet the needs of working professionals. Degree programs are customized to each student's interests, and faculty and advisors provide One-to-One guidance to ensure academic success.

Northcentral University offers Doctoral, Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Business and Technology Management, Education, and Behavioral and Health Sciences. About 95 percent of NCU's current students are enrollment in Master's or Doctoral programs in Business, Education, Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy.

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Northcentral University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, 1.800.621.7440,

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