NP0018 Becoming a Smarter Therapist

This blog focuses on discussion regarding the course NP0018 Becoming a Smarter Therapist.

NP0018, Smarter Therapist, Session 1, Scott Miller


We all strive to improve at what we do each day, but how do we ensure that we consistently succeed in helping clients? “Becoming a Smarter Therapist” includes six presentations, plus a bonus session, which are sure to change the way you think about how you work every day. You’ll learn about how working smarter does make a difference, understand the most recent research on the topic of excellence, and come away with practical ways that you can use to immediately and dramatically enhance your therapeutic effectiveness.

The first session with Scott Miller, the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence, will cover why experience, theoretical orientation, and interpersonal skills actually are not highly correlated with outcome. He’ll discuss ways to drastically enhance your performance and how to reinforce your clinical growth by creating “cultures of excellence.”

Please take a few minutes after each session is over to engage in the Comment Board. Feel free to comment about what you’ve learned in the session, to ask any questions you may have of the presenter or your peers, or to share any relevant experiences. If you ever have any technical questions, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org and our Support Team will help you.

04.19.2012   Posted In: NP0018 Becoming a Smarter Therapist   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar jimz 04.21.2012 14:04
    Thank You Dr Miller; terrific discussion, appreciate the general 20,000 ft overview and also the lower altitude approach of practical aspects for improving performance. I have long believed that we can learn from our clients and this inspires that premise in very constructive ways: the process is another way of validation for the client, enriching the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship. In my opinion, Rich does a steller job in these interviews and the webinar series is a major contribution to our Professional Community.
    Best Regards, jimz
  • Not available avatar Graham Hocking 04.22.2012 03:46
    Scott thank you very much for your contribution not only for this presentation but also promoting your work so widely.I have heard you talk a couple of times and tried to apply the principles. This time however what stood out for me was the important place for peer supervision and how necessary it is to fight for this in clinical settings. It is one of the big differences between graduate training and later clinical practice that the degree of peer review can reduce and may be one of the factors that lead to the failure to develop after then.
    Regards, Graham Australia
  • Not available avatar Tracy Krause 04.22.2012 15:50
    Inspiring, as always. Great tools for the hard work of getting better. Thank you for your hard work, Scott Miller, in finding out what makes a difference and providing tools to make it happen. Excellent, organized presentation and interview.
  • Not available avatar art miron 04.22.2012 20:31
    I appreciate the focus on improving our clinical work. However, I think comparisons to sports performance is entirely inappropriate related to our clinical work. We are not in races, our intention is not to be 'the best'; rather, it is to be 'effective'. Seeking effectiveness is an entirely different pursuit. Our challenge is to find ways to determine how to evaluate our effectiveness..and Scott Miller has certainly described his work on this. My point is that mental health field leaders need to find effective, useful and appropriate ways to understand expertise development in our field...I believe it is NOT like developing sports or performance skills...it is more complex.
  • Not available avatar Tracy 04.24.2012 22:40
    I feel that most people top out professionally in their "performance" in almost all professions. People hit their prime in most professions in their 20's, 30's or 40's. Pilots, lawyers, construction workers don't work at the level of performance when they are 60 compared to when they were say 35. I also feel this performance evaluation is really left brained. I'm more right brained, so not so quantitative and measurement oriented. However, I am relationship oriented and I feel better when I can collaborate with other practitioners and get feedback. Private practice is isolating, and I agree that the isolation can be an achilles heel to new insights. Just like my friendships and partner push me to be a better person, professional relationships do too. I also agree that the more techniques you have learned does not make you a better therapist. I live in a city where the newest technique or theoretical model is the second question asked after people find out you are a therapist. I never felt that it meant much, but people who think that the newest technique is the next best cure are misguided by thinking this is important, versus the quality of therapist as person who is able to connect, empathize, use insight and analyze.
  • 0 avatar Debra Walker 09.07.2017 11:18
    the therapist can help you at some point in life Scott Mille is a good choice as he is experienced and head of international Clinical excellence and people tend to take his Dissertation Writing Help for serious and work on it. but there is some point in life which you can't change and no therapist can help you with it. so at that time, you have to pull yourself back from that mess. so basically if you are not willing to take steps by your own then no one can help you not even any therapist.
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