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Changing the Rules: A Client-Directed Approach to Therapy

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"Refreshingly refocused on the client's frame of reference, CHANGING THE RULES humanizes the therapeutic encounter.... Duncan and his colleagues transcend the unproductive debate on common factors versus specific factors by integrating the relational power of therapeutic commonalities and the pragmatic specificity of technical eclecticism. Extensive case studies and astute syntheses of the research literature inform this balanced and engaging volume.' --John C. Norcross, Ph.D.

"The common response to difficulties and impasses in therapy is to blame the patient--for example, as resistant.' Comforting as this may be, this book suggests how it would be more useful to take out clients' realities' more seriously, and our own realities' of theory and technique less seriously with a resulting gain in both focus and flexibility.' --John H. Weakland, Ch.E., M.F.P.C.

"No one theory can do it all' should be the motto of this book! CHANGING THE RULES offers an innovative definition of eclecticism and a new way to conceptualize successful as well as failed therapy. The authors draw from their collective clinical experiences and extensive psychotherapy research to operationalize identified common factors' associated with successful therapy and develop an eclectic, client directed, brief therapy approach. At the heart of their approach is a primary emphasis on the client's subjective experience of therapy, the construction of a common therapist-client theoretical language, and the common factors context of the therapist-client relationship.' These combine to inform a therapy that is guided by the client and that leads to interventions that are within the client's experience.

"Drawing from their collective clinical experiences, the authors offer a generous variety of individual, couple, and family therapy case vignettes to illustrate pragmatic eclecticism. The authors do not provide a cookbook approach, but rather aim to show therapists how to integrate the client's theory and unique experiences with a diversity of therapist theories and techniques toward a more flexible intellectual framework to guide therapy, and thus most importantly, a more fruitful therapy for all involved." -- Harlene Anderson, Ph.D.

"The book should be useful to practitioners and is a solid choice for graduate courses emphasizing therapy issues."--Contemporary Psychology
(Contemporary Psychology 1992-06-14)

"....this is an excellent resource....The authors have presented a well organized, readable and useful volume which reflects the current trend in the field of psychotherapy....This book is a significant contribution in the process of integration of models. It may challenge your assumptions about how you do therapy, but it may also generate some very useful ideas on how to do therapy better."--Journal of Family Psychotherapy
(Journal of Family Psychotherapy 1992-06-14)

"Therapists who rely on the therapeutic relationship to facilitate favorable change can be enriched by the material on interventions. Interventionist therapists can grow in appreciation of the relationship context in which helpful interventions are made. Therapists unwilling to change the rules should avoid this book, because there is considerable risk of learning something worthwhile."--Psychotherapy in Private Practice
(Psychotherapy in Private Practice 1992-06-14)

About the Author

Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D., is Director of The Dayton Institute for Family Therapy, a private treatment and training center in Centerville, Ohio. He is also a clinical assistant professor at Wright State University and past-president of the Ohio Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to maintaining a clinical practice, teaching graduate students, and training mental health professionals, Dr. Duncan frequently conducts workshops for therapists across the country in the approach presented in CHANGING THE RULES.

Andrew Solovey, L.I.S.W., is the Clinical Director of Scioto Paint Valley Mental Health Center in Chillicothe, Ohio. He also provides psychotherapy services to individuals and families at an inpatient rehabilitation center. Throughout his career, he has done clinical work with a wide range of clients in a variety of settings. He enjoys teaching and training psychotherapists, and his main interest is the challenge of searching for solutions in cases that are considered to be hopeless.

Greg S. Rusk, A.C.S.W., L.I.S.W., is in practice in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. He is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He has co-authored articles on eclectic psychotherapy with colleagues at The Dayton Institute for Family Therapy and has presented workshops on client-directed psychotherapy.

Product Details

  • Series: The Guilford Family Therapy
  • Hardcover: 284 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press (June 12, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898621089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898621082
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,234,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D., is a therapist, trainer, and researcher with over 17,000 hours of clinical experience. He is director of the Heart and Soul of Change Project ( Dr. Duncan has over one hundred publications, including fifteen books addressing systematic client feedback, consumer rights and involvement, the power of relationship, and a risk/benefit analysis of psychotropic medications. His work regarding consumer rights and client feedback has been implemented across the US and in 20 countries including national implementation in couple and family centers in Norway.

Barry's latest books: Heroic Clients, Heroic Agencies: Partners for Change (2nd ed. 2010 E Edition); the 2nd edition of the Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works (APA, 2010); and On Becoming a Better Therapist (APA, 2010). He co-developed the ORS/SRS family of measures and the Partners for Change Outcome Management System (PCOMS) to give clients the voice they deserve as well as provide clients, clinicians, administrators, and payers with feedback about the client's response to services, thus enabling more effective care tailored to client preferences. He is the developer of the clinical process of using the measures and PCOMS, first articulated in the first edition of Heroic Clients, Client Agencies (Duncan & Sparks, 2002). Because of his self help books, (the latest is What's Right With You) he has appeared on "Oprah," "The View," and several other national TV programs.

Barry implements PCOMS in small and large systems of care and conducts agency trainings, workshops, and keynote presentations on all of the topics listed above for both professional and general audiences. Drawing upon his extensive clinical experience and passion for the work, Barry's trainings speak directly to the front line clinician. His presentations not only cover consumer based outcome feedback or PCOMS--which improves outcomes more than anything since the beginning of psychotherapy--Barry also talks about what it means to be a therapist and how each of us can re-remember and achieve our original aspirations to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. His trainings integrate the nuances of the work, our dependence on the resources of clients, and an appreciation of the hard work required for strong alliances across clients with the systematic use of outcome and alliance feedback. Video examples from a wide variety of clients demonstrate both the ideas and practices of CDOI and PCOMS--and moreover show that Barry doesn't just talk the talk.

Barry can be reached at

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ira S. Katz on April 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Finally, the cat is out of the bag! Therapists listen up. Some of the best therapists in our business are telling us what we need to hear. And we better listen if we plan to be relevant to our clients and of value to our profession. The Truth of therapy is revealed in this wonderfully well written book. The rules have changed indeed.
In the ancient days of therapist-dominated therapy it was assumed that somehow we would descend like golden eagles and eaglettes upon the unknowing psychotherapeutic prey also known as patients and/or clients. It was assumed that based on our clinical wisdom we would be able to direct and provide the kinds of interventions and/or techniques that would make a curative difference. All this without narry a need to truly include those to whom we are entrusted to provide hope, freedom, and maybe some healing and cure along the way. Add to this mix the push of managed behavoiral care and endearment of brief is better approaches to psychotherapy all in the name of the almighty dollar, and we may have lost our way on the yellow brick road and have descended into Alice's bottomless pit in search of the white rabbit and not even know it! Sound a bit much? Step back, and ask yourself, as a therapist--"when was the last time you used "common factors" to determine your treatment plans? when was the last time you asked your patient and/or client for "their" direction on the interventions and/or techniques used to attain the psychotherapeutic holy grail?" If these questions seem alien to your gestalt then be assured that there is help out of this mess. There really is a better wasy to do what we do. It has always been there, but we have meely walked passed it, ever in search of yet another method.
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