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What are the Hallmarks of Effective Therapy?

Profession? Years of education? Number of clinical hours?

Richard Hill and Matthew Dahlitzm, Directors of the THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHOTHERAPY ACADEMY, recently interviewed Daryl Chow about the research behind the book, BETTER RESULTS: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Effectiveness.

In this clip from the interview, Matthew asked Daryl, “What were some of the variables that you found were the hallmarks of effective therapy?” Spoiler alert it’s not your chosen profession, years of education or number of clinical hours.

Daryl Chow on Getting Better Results

Are you looking for a way to get your Team interested in using Deliberate Practice to reduce drop outs and improve outcomes?

Deliberate Practice- A review of current methods for helping staff establish a performance baseline and the introduction of recommended indices. Focus on non-random errors. A discussion on how the focus needs to move from looking at a problem client to finding a problem pattern that emerges with certain kinds of clients. Introducing the Taxonomy of Deliberate Practice and complete the Taxonomy as a supervisor.


Have you read BETTER RESULTS: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Effectiveness?

It can help you learn how to conduct routine outcome measurements to gather data from your own practice. The book contains detailed instructions and examples to help walk you through the process of:

  • determining your baseline performance,

  • identifying and addressing your strengths and deficits as a practitioner,

  • and assessing your progress.

Richly-drawn case studies and stories from the business world and popular culture illustrate how research from the field of expert performance offers a different paradigm for professional development that departs from the field’s traditional emphasis on learning therapy models and techniques.


What others are saying about the Book:

"Improving treatment effectiveness: That’s the goal to which all clinicians aspire and to which Miller, Hubble, and Chow devote this extraordinarily stimulating and eminently practical book. Learn how to leverage deliberate practice, in small actionable steps, to obtain better and better results. A transformative read!"

John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Scranton, and co-editor of the 5-volume APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology



  • The first evidence-based work to describe how to apply deliberate practice to psychotherapy

  • Provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for developing an individualized, data-driven, professional development plan

  • Describes a transtheoretical approach to professional development—applies to all theories and modalities of therapy

  • Written in an engaging narrative style using accessible, everyday language that motivates readers to apply the ideas

  • Includes hand-drawn graphics to illustrate and simplify data analytics concepts and to add humour.

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