Barry founded the Counseling and Human Services at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and served as a professor there for 30 years. As a counselor educator, he trained and supervised M. A. level counselors for schools, agencies and private practice. As part of his community service at CU-Colorado Springs, Barry founded the Kindness Campaign, a grassroots, primary prevention, anti-violence campaign that has been implemented in more that 600 schools nationwide.
During his 30 years in Colorado Springs, Barry was instrumental in founding numerous grass-roots coalitions in the Pikes Peak region devoted to the prevention of youth and family violence. They include the Pikes Peak Movement for Children, a grass-roots child advocacy organization; home visitation services for new parents called the First Visitor Program; the Violence Prevention Coalition of Colorado Springs and The Violence Data Exchange Team of the Pikes Peak Region.
In addition, he developed grassroots programs in neighborhoods such as The Kindness Campaign and Communities That Care. For his tireless efforts in prevention and early intervention, In 1997, Barry was honored as a Colorado Children’s Champion.
Barry has authored or co-authored almost 40 books and written numerous professional journal articles in psychology, human development and counseling. He retired from CU-Colorado Springs with Professor Emeritus status in 2001. In 2003 he and Janae moved to Asheville, NC where they now live, work, play and co-direct of the Carolina Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership.