Thoughts on Record: Podcast of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Dr. Daryl Chow - Deliberate Practice in Psychotherapy

March 21, 2022 Season 3 Episode 6
Thoughts on Record: Podcast of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Dr. Daryl Chow - Deliberate Practice in Psychotherapy
Show Notes

Following registration as an autonomous professional, a psychotherapist could potentially go decades providing service to clients in the privacy of their office without another professional ever directly evaluating their work. Clinical psychologist, researcher and consultant, Dr. Daryl Chow, joins us for an important discussion around clinician perceptions of competency and the promise of deliberate practice for not only improving clinical outcomes, but also clinician confidence and quality of worklife.  In this discussion we cover:  

  • the accuracy of clinicians' perceptions of their own competency
  • how perceptions of competency vary from early career, mid-career & late career
  • how actual clinical effectiveness varies from early career, mid-career & late career
  • the importance of selecting vs. training of clinicians 
  • the factors that can contribute to clinicians having trouble accessing an accurate perception around one’s own competency
  • the definition of deliberate practice 
  • a conceptual framework for deliberate practice 
  • structuring deliberate practice at early career, mid-career & late career (time commitment, logistics etc.)
  • the most effective way to structure, frame and provide feedback to a clinician
  • Dr. Chow's thoughts on the the value proposition associated with deliberate practice with respect to clinical outcomes, clinician quality of life, etc.  
  • balancing deliberate practice with the demands of day-to-day clinical life through habit formation
  • the usual modalities by which clinicians can undertake deliberate practice
  • Dr. Chow's thoughts on why there is not more of a culture of ongoing deliberate practice within psychotherapy and why this may be changing

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Dr. Daryl Chow is a senior associate of the International Center for Clinical Excellence. He conducts research and workshops on the development of highly effective psychotherapists, and ways practitioners can accelerate learning. He was a featured keynote speaker at the Achieving Clinical Excellence (ACE) Conference, Sweden, 2018,  Daryl is a co-author of a new book, Better Results: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Outcomes. He is also co-author of many articles and co-editor and contributing author of The Write to Recovery: Personal Stories & Lessons about Recovery from Mental Health Concerns,and the author of The First Kiss: Undoing the Intake Model and Igniting First Sessions in Psychotherapy. His work is also featured in two recently edited books in 2017. Daryl’s blog and podcast, Frontiers of Psychotherapist Development is aimed at inspiring and sustaining practitioner’s individualized professional development. Daryl maintains a private practice in Perth, Western Australia.