Nothing matters more than seeing that you have created a real positive impact on another person.
If you are a clinical supervisor, you are in a powerful position to influence two groups of people:
1. Your Supervisees (Therapists), and
Not only are you able to help your supervisees work through difficult and challenging cases, you are also a conduit to therapists' professional development.
Except that traditional clinical supervision has NOT improved client outcomes, and has not shown to actually help therapist improve in their work, despite self-reports of benefit from exchanges in traditional clinical supervision.
The Troubles We Find Ourselves In
I nearly dropped out of school.
I did so badly for my Primary 6
Learning at Your Own Pace
Our education system has conflated learning speed with learning ability, even though there is NO CORRELATION between these two factors (this is why the upcoming RCS course is designed to suit EVERYONE's preferred learning pace in a "drip by drip fashion, one idea at a time).
I couldn't conform to what an average student needs to be in order to succeed in an
Training in Psychotherapy
In my training as a psychotherapist, I received a wide array of guidance from different clinical supervisors. Some of them changed my life (For more about this, click here), others—frankly, I nearly got in trouble with, because of my dissatisfaction with a dogmatic focus on models and not actual outcomes.
Even with supervisors that were really good, most of them didn't provide a necessary
Meanwhile, our traditional teachings approach in post-graduate courses at large continue to bark up the wrong tree, obsessed with standardisation—the way Edward Thorndike took Frederick Taylor’s idea of
Here's my promise to you.
1. This course is for people who believe that...
Our status quo approach in clinical supervision does not consistently translate to better outcomes for clients, and it doesn't help therapist improvement over time. I believe that we can fix that. We need to reimagine the practice clinical supervision in order to yield actual improvement.
In this course, based on the central idea of the distinction between coaching for performanceand coaching for development, I will walk you through a blueprint for the road ahead. (See this Visual Guidefor the course)
2. I will focus on people who want to...
Not only help therapists get good results, but also for them to improve over time, and ultimately, for clients who seek help to get the best healing experience possible.
3. Engaging with the RCS course will help you...
become a game-changer in clinical supervision.
When I first began to supervise therapists, I make a few promises to myself:
1. TO BE CRITICAL WITHOUT CRITICISING;
2. TO BE SUPPORTIVE WITHOUT BEING PATRONISING;
3. TO STAY FOCUSED ON TRANSLATING TO BETTER OUTCOMES.
It was only later on that I added another pledge to my existing list:
4. TO HELP PRACTITIONERS DEVELOP AN INDIVIDUALISED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN (Chow, 2017; Miller, Hubble, & Chow, 2017).
I began to work with supervisees who were beginning to share with me their stories of their past supervision experience. With the best of intentions, some supervisors were very supportive but were going in circles, others were critical and hurt them unknowingly.
Point #4 was crucial and particularly lacking. It only began to dawn on me in 2010 when I began my 4-year-long meditation on the implications of deliberate practice in psychotherapy for my doctoral piece (Chow, 2014).
It dawned on me that once a supervisee has a clear direction of WHAT to work on, that is, figure out the What before the How, the consequence is often better outcomes. (Do you notice how our profession is invested with our pet solutions, and less invested in solving the problem?) Plus, their clinical outcomes affirms their sense of real development, which in turn fuel the self-determination spark to get even better.
In other words, I want to not only help therapists with their challenging cases, I want to help therapist grow by becoming better therapists. If they design a
Clinical supervision is often regarded as the highly integral to professional development. It is the “signature pedagogy” of choice in the field of psychotherapy.
Yet, recent evidence suggest that traditional supervision makes little or no impact on actual client outcomes (Rousmaniere, Swift, Babins-Wagner, Whipple, & Berzins, 2014). With all the expense on time, money, and effort, therapists and supervisors work so hard, but fail to translate this in the therapy room. This individualised course that can be taken at your own pace, is geared towards helping practitioners and supervisors reap actual benefits in a method of working in supervision.
Gleaning from the development of expertise in other professional domains, this course is for those who are hungry to make an impact.
I will walk you through a step-by-step guide to assist supervisors and therapists in making a real impact on psychotherapists development, and more importantly, helping their clients reap the rewards.
Clinical Supervision should look less like this...
And more like this...
Photo by Julia Alleyne , creative commons license
To tune in to the thinking behind this cutting edge course, read the Psychotherapy.net in-depth interview Lawrence Rubin did with me on the topic of reigniting clinical supervision (also see related articles in Psychotherapy.net)
For more, see my blog site:
(Or, click here to see the ENTIRE CATALOGUE of articles on the topic of clinical supervision)
See also two recent chapters that we addressed on the issue with the current approach to clinical supervision:
Chow, D. (2017). The practice and the practical: Pushing your clinical performance to the next level. Prescott, David S [Ed]; Maeschalck, Cynthia L [Ed]; Miller, Scott D [Ed] (2017) Feedback-informed treatment in clinical practice: Reaching for excellence (pp 323-355) x, 368 pp Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association; US, 323-355.
Miller, S. D., Hubble, M., & Chow, D. (2017). Professional development: An Oxymoron? In T. Rousmaniere, R. K. Goodyear, S. D. Miller, & B. Wampold (Eds.), The Cycle of Excellence: Using Deliberate Practice in Supervision and Training (pp. 23-47). River Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA: Wiley Press.
Other Relevant Publications:
Andrews, W., Wislocki, A. P., Short, F., Chow, D. L., & Minami, T. (2013). A 5-year evaluation of the human givens therapy using a practice research network. Mental Health Review Journal, 18(3), 165-176. doi: 10.1108/MHRJ-04-2013-0011
Chow, D. (2018). The first kiss: Undoing the intake model and igniting first sessions in psychotherapy. Australia: Correlate Press.
Chow, D., Lu, S., Tan, G., Kwek, T., & Miller, S. D. (nd). A Randomized Clinical Trial of the difficult conversations in therapy (DCT): Can therapists learn from an environment of self-reflection, feedback and successive refinement? (Manuscript in preparation).
Chow, D. (2014). The study of supershrinks: Development and deliberate practices of highly effective psychotherapists. (PhD), Curtin University, Australia.
Chow, D., Miller, S. D., Seidel, J. A., Kane, R. T., Thornton, J., & Andrews, W. P. (2015). The role of deliberate practice in the development of highly effective psychotherapists. Psychotherapy.,52(3), 337-345. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pst0000015 (Nominated for APA Most Valuable Paper of 2015 award)
Chow, D. L. (2011). The right to recovery. In P. Yap, D. L. Chow, S. Lu, & B. Lee (Eds.), The write to recovery: Personal stories and lessons about recovery from mental health concerns (pp. 1-19). Singapore: Wellspring Catholic Books.
Liau, A., K., Chow, D., Tan, T. K., & Senf, K. (2011). Development and Validation of the Personal Strengths Inventory Using Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29(1), 14-26. doi: 10.1177/0734282910365648
Miller, S. D., Chow, D., Hubble, M., Wampold, B., Maeschalck, C., & Bargmann, S. (2019). To be or not to be (an expert)? Revisiting the role of deliberate practice in improving performance. High Ability Studies. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13598139.2018.1519410
Miller, S. D., Hubble, M., & Chow, D. (2018). The question of expertise in psychotherapy. Journal of Expertise, 1(2).
Miller, S. D., Bargmann, S., Chow, D., Seidel, J. A., & Maeschalck, C. (2014). Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT): Improving the outcome of psychotherapy one person at a time, In W. O’Donohue & A. Maragakis (Eds.), Quality Improvement in Behavioral Health.
Miller, S. D., Hubble, M. A., Chow, D. L., & Seidel, J. A. (2015). Beyond measures and monitoring: Realizing the potential of feedback-informed treatment, Psychotherapy.
Miller, S. D., Hubble, M. A., Chow, D. L., & Seidel, J. A. (2013). The outcome of psychotherapy: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Psychotherapy, 50(1), 88-97. doi: 10.1037/a0031097
Miller, S. D., Hubble, M. A., Chow, D. L., & Seidel, J. A. (2014). The outcome of psychotherapy: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. Psychotherapy in Australia., 20(3), 64-75.
Miller, S. D., Hubble, M. A., Seidel, J. A., Chow, D., & Bargmann, S. (2014). Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT): Achieving clinical excellence one person at a time. Independent Practitioner, 34(3), 78-84.
Miller, S. D., Hubble, M. A., Chow, D. L., & Seidel, J. A. (2016). Beyond measures and monitoring: Realizing the potential of feedback-informed treatment. Psychotherapy.
Owen, J., Miller, S. D., Borg, V., Seidel, J. A., & Chow, D. (2016). The alliance in the treatment of military adolescents. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology.
Seidel, J. A., Miller, S. D., & Chow, D. L. (2014). Effect size calculations for the clinician: Methods and comparability. Psychotherapy Research, 24(2), 470-484. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2013.840812
Skeptical of Online Training?
The first round of the Reigniting Clinical Supervision course kicked off on 5th of Feb, 2018, and it was oversubscribed by practitioners and supervisors from US, Canada, Finland, Singapore, Australia! To date, more than 100 therapists, supervisors and leaders in the mental health field have gone through this RCS course
THE NEXT LAUNCH (10th cohort) BEGINS ON THE 12th of April 2021 (MON). Closing Date: 9th of Apr 2021 (FRI).
You will be provided each module on a "drip by drip basis on Mondays and Fridays. You will be notified on your email.
Thereafter, you can access and review all the previous materials at your own pace, as you wish.
When you are signed up for this course, you will automatically receive
5. Plus, the audiobook of The First Kiss!
Here is an interview that was featured in one of my favorite therapy related websites Psychotherapy.net. (Big thanks to Lawrence Rubin for the great conversation)
Daryl Chow on Reigniting Clinical Supervision (you can also earn CE credits for this) .
And here are a series of articles that psychotherapy.net showcased on the topic of clinical supervision.
1. Feature Article: Seven Mistakes in Clinical Supervision
2. Three Types of Knowledge in Clinical Supervisors Need to Know
3. Circle of Development: How Clinical Supervision Can Help You Get To Your Growth Edge
4. It's Time for Supervisors to Help Clinicians Marry Data with Intuition
5. Monitoring Engagement in Clinical Supervision
I have three explicit aims for you in the Reigniting Clinical Supervision Course
- To help therapists and supervisors coach for improving client outcomes;
- To help therapists and supervisors coach for actual development, and
- To develop a framework for a personalised professional development plan.
KEY BENEFITS FOR CLINICAL SUPERVISORS:
1. Help you become a sought after clinical supervisor.
2. Transform your supervisees' professional development, as well as increase the impact of your mentorship with them.
KEY BENEFITS FOR SUPERVISEES & THERAPISTS:
1. Transform your clinical practice with real improvements in your client outcomes.
2. Develop key principles for self-supervision and an individualised, life time professional development plan.
50+ VIDEOS, 24/7 Discussion Boards, 180+Days of Content,
Individual Follow-Up Consultation.
There are three key features that are different from other online trainings.
1. STEP-BY-STEP DRIP SEQUENCE: Instead of a barrage of information like in a webinar, this is uniquely designed in a drip format, one idea at a time, in a step-by-step sequence, designed to promote transformation. So you'd know where you are, and where you are going, and when you get the results;
2. PERSONALISED SUPPORT: Not only do you get a follow-up individual consult at the end of the course (no extra charge), you will also get real-time interaction and support through the six months worth of the course.
3. LIFETIME ACCESS: This isn't a subscription based program. You get unrestricted lifetime access.
Daryl Chow, MA, Ph.D. (Psych), is a senior associate of the International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE). He devotes his time to workshops and researches on the development of expertise and highly effective psychotherapists, teaching practitioners key principles to accelerate learning.
Based on his doctoral research on the role of deliberate practice in cultivating superior performance in psychotherapy, Daryl and colleagues 2015 peer-reviewed article was nominated the “Most Valuable Paper” by American Psychological Association (APA). His work is featured in two chapters from two edited books in 2017:
1. Cycle of Excellence: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Supervision and Training (with Scott Miller and Mark Hubble),
He is the co-author of several articles, chapters and co-editor of, The Write to Recovery: Personal Stories & Lessons About Recovery From Mental Health Concerns, a heart-felt collective of client’s journey of their struggles and recovery process, interweaved with mental health professionals who were part of the healing process.(Click here for to receive the entire ebook for FREE)
Daryl is the lead researcher of the Difficult Conversations in Therapy (DCT) clinical trial, helping practitioners like you improve in their therapeutic engagement in challenging scenarios. (The pilot results were brief discussed in this article)
In 2018, his book The First Kiss: Undoing the Intake Model and Igniting First Sessions in Psychotherapy, was described as
"The book I’ve wanted every therapist to read for years." ~ Julie Tilsen, Ph.D.;
"A majestic, digestible, and real approach to psychotherapy..." ~ Jesse Owen, Ph.D., and
"In this engaging book, shows us what we have been doing wrong and more importantly, what we should be doing differently," ~Bruce Wampold, Ph.D.
Together with Scott Miller and Mark Hubble, a must anticipated book, Better Results: Using Deliberate Practice to Improve Therapeutic Effectiveness is slated to be released in May, 2020 (American Psychological Association).
Daryl maintains a private practice with a vibrant team at Henry Street Centre, Fremantle, and continues to serve as a senior psychologist at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. In a previous life, he was a youth worker. He currently lives with his wife and two kids in Western Australia. He continues to obsess about music and the craft of psychotherapy.
For more information, visit darylchow.com
Along with K Anders Ericsson, Bruce Wampold and Scott Miller, Daryl was one of the keynote speakers at the Achieving Clinical Excellence (ACE) Conference in Sweden, May 2-4 2018. Watch Daryl's entire presentation about A System of Practice. Click HERE!
Daryl is a published researcher in several peer-reviewed journals. He runs a cutting edge blog for mental health practitioners (Frontiers of Psychotherapist Development), and two other highly practical blogs for the general public, Full Circles: Reflections on Living. and Mind of Health: Cutting Edge Updates for Clinicians and Patients, Bridging the Divide Between Mind and Matter.
He is currently based in Western Australia, working with a group of vibrant private practitioners at Henry Street Centre, located in Fremantle, WA. He is currently in private practice, providing clinical supervision, training and consultations with a various organisations.
Don't take it from me. Here's what therapists across the world are asking about their professional development:
(Note: these are actual questions discerning therapists raised in my workshops)
“Are we choosing the right areas to focus on growth in professional development?”
“Are our PD activities actually translating to improvement in our practice?”
“What should we actually focus on developing in order to actually improve?”
“What does “improving” mean?”
“Why is professional development activities (workshops, supervision, etc) not helping therapists improve?”
“If psychotherapist value and invest in PD, why is there NO improvement?”
“Does theoretical knowledge improve clinical practice?”
“Why do we continue to value efficiency over mastery?”
And here's the kicker:
“Why are we not improving?”
These questions are highly relevant. Not only do we answer the Whys, but in the Reigniting Clinical Supervision course, we will also spell out the What to work on to leverage improvement, and the How to go about doing so in a practical step-by-step guide.
To view the entire course curriculum, take a look at the Reigniting Clinical Supervision (RCS) Roadmap:
If you are need a better way to visualize, here's an Infographic depicting the journey ahead:
You shouldn't always trust one source of information. Besides, I'm biased.
Here's what leading practitioners, trainers, and supervisors from different countries have to say about Reigniting Clinical Supervision:
"Reigniting Clinical Supervision certainly delivers what it promises - a very welcomed spark that engages and motivates you further in your path towards professional development.
The course has helped me in a fascinating way. It has help me both see the bigger picture and at the same time become aware of the small parts of the process that leads to the big picture. This highly self-reflective and self-transforming drip-by-drip way of learning has provided me with continuous insights and an eagerness to transform my learnings straightaway into useable actions.
The powerful visualizations used in this course has tapped into my creativeness and a lot of new, unexpected ideas have emerged through that.
In our field there is so much you can improve, but the course has helped to narrow the focus down to the things that really matter to clients. The video material allows you to go back, rewind and refine your learnings and customize them in to different settings.
Daryl has a very welcoming, generous and personalized style as an instructor and provides you with motivating and thought awakening comments throughout the course. Daryl’s way of combining ideas and theories across different fields is brilliant and very inspiring.
I highly recommend the course to anyone interested and invested in professional development as a supervisor or self-supervision."
~ Heidi Nygård-Michelsson
Project manager (for implementation of FIT) and ICCE Certified FIT trainer
Crisis Counsellor at Crisis Center for Youth, HelsinkiMissio
"While I was quite familiar with many of the underlying ideas and the research base that underlie Daryl’s course, having done the FIT intensive with him and Scott Miller 18 months ago in Chicago, I was quite surprised that almost every session seemed to present an ahaa moment where I realised there was something new that I needed to focus on or remind myself.
... I especially liked the drip feed nature of the delivery. This let me grab as much new information as I wanted at any point in time, reflect on and consider that and ask questions or discuss when that seemed useful, before moving on to another chunk of information and ideas.
... An almost perfect balance amongst presentation of the research basis, the conceptual big picture ideas and the more micro,hands on, how to do it elements; and it provided something that I could apply, not only in my supervision practice but also in my work with clients and my teaching and mentoring of clinical students.
I highly recommend the course to all counsellors, therapists, supervisors and managers in the behavioural health arena.
~ Brent Gardiner,
Programme Leader, Master of Counselling Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
"No matter where you are in your journey as a therapist or supervisor, I found the online course Reigniting Clinical Supervision to be extraordinarily helpful.
It is full of practical and thought provoking approaches brought forward in a measured way to improve a therapist's overall performance.
The course has improved my self-awareness
in a number of areas where I can grow as well as a plan for this future growth.
As there is so much useful and timeless information I will be revisiting Reigniting Supervision time and time again."
~ Bob Beckwith, Registered Psychotherapist, Canada.
"Reigniting Clinical Supervision is an insightful combination of self-reflection, use of Feedback-Informed Treatment concepts, and supervisory tools that have impacted the way I provide supervision and direct counseling services.
While some of the content is a repeat from what I already knew of FIT, the RCS course shed light on the self of the therapist and the challenge of deliberate practice. I appreciated the drip format and interactions with other participants. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to have improved supervisee and client outcomes through enhanced delivery of services."
~ Thea Vondracek, MA, LMFT, LPCS, Certified FIT Trainer.
"Tools for improving our practice handed to us on a plate: I’m really enjoying and appreciating Daryl’s reigniting supervision course. His approach is friendly, clear, open and inviting. I’ve grown to look forward to his email in my inbox each Monday and Friday, not just for the content, but for the warmth Daryl brings to my day.
The drip feed process is really great, as I find there’s time to digest, and the small amount of content means it’s easy to fit into everyday life. Daryl’s explanations are very clear. He uses the research succinctly with lovely metaphors, making a clear case for what he's teaching. Although I was already using feedback informed therapy, the review was great. The taxonomy of deliberate practice is a fabulous piece of work, and the guidance on the best way to use it is priceless.
This is a great course as Daryl has the ability to make things clear and simple, as well as practical and relevant. It’s helped me get clear in my mind about effective and realistic ways to keep monitoring and improving my practice and client outcomes.
It’s saved hours of my own research in this area, meaning I've been able to get straight into identifying the areas of my practice to work on that will make the biggest difference to client outcomes, as well as my enjoyment in my work. It's really great knowing that I'll be using my precious time in the wisest way I can! This is a highly cost-effective course, and Daryl's sincerity and natural personal style makes it a real pleasure to be part of.
~ Dr. Jeanette Spencer, medical practitioner, New Zealand.
"I really liked learning more about general theories of coaching. I also really liked the specific tools like the taxonomy of deliberate practice and the session impact grid. ..This course really made me think about what clinical supervision - something that we routinely do without asking too many questions in my profession- can be and how to link it directly to better outcomes for clients."
~ Dr Sika Turner,
Clinical Psychologist, Australia.
"Having it presented in small bites was the most useful aspect. This helped me to reflect on the content and integrate it much better than if it would have been presented in bigger chunks.
I can highly recommend this training course. I really liked that this course encouraged me to re-think my clinical practice in general and manly things I have learned will be useful in many different aspects of my work as a clinical, clinic manager and supervisor. It also helped me understand much better how I need to structure my ongoing learning to then actually use what I have learned to improve my work as a therapist. I also believe the contents of this course will help me be a better supervisor.
~Dr. Christina Reynolds,
Clinical Psychologist, Australia.
"Course design...Daryl conveyed his knowledge in an inspiring way. ... I am very satisfied. I can really recommend this course, at the same time as a warning finger. You will need to rethink how you look at your work and if you want to become a better therapist, hard work is required.
At the same time, opportunities are opened! Go for it!"
~ Bengt Göran Linberg,
Familjerådgivare, leg. Psykoterapeut, Sweden.
"So much practical informtaion. Thinking about how to identify areas of development. The taxonomy of deliberate practice has provided me with a method thinking about the work that I do and greater insight as to where my strengths and weaknesses are.
I found (the) use of metaphors and stories to be very helpful. The resources provided have also been of great use. Overall, I think the course was excellent.
~ Dr. Peter Gaitanis,
Psychologist, Complex Care, and
Monash Health Community, Australia.
"I appreciated how the content was broken up into small bite size pieces. The best part of the course, in my opinion, was the content itself. I learned so much and know that I will be going back to review many of the lessons.
Reigniting Clinical Supervision gave me so many useful tools both in terms of my development as a clinician and as a clinical supervisor. It helped me to break down deliberate practice and professional development into small, bite-sized pieces that made embarking on a shift in practice seem more manageable and achievable."
~Anita Harder MC, RPsych
Manager, Healthy Relationships, Canada.
"The wealth of information brought from other sources, many from outside the field of psychology. I was pretty motivated to get through the course because the content was engaging and so it was hard to wait so long for the next module sometimes.
This course was a game changer. Our agency recently implemented FIT and I received information on how to apply FIT from the sense of a clinical supervisor, not just a counselor.
Daryl gives lots of examples to make sure each new piece of information is understood and I just felt like I got it. Would highly recommend this course to anyone in a supervisor position.
~Jared Bingham LCPC, MAC, USA.
It's always good to know the person who will be your guide, as I will be providing you personalised support throughout the course (plus a follow-up consultation at the end).
Here's what participants say about Daryl's trainings in workshops held around the world:
"Made me think about my practice & want to strive to be better" -Chris, WA.
"It was one of the most informative, engaging and well presented PD’s I’ve been to.” - Psychologist, VIC.
"I've enjoyed your enthusiasm....inspiring." - anonymous, counsellor.
"It made me critically examine my practice and inspired me to engage in deliberate practice and use the activities worksheet so I can be more effective with my clients. It also made me think about my practice as a supervisor and how I can make supervision a more useful experience for my supervisees. I have already begun to put some of the things I have learned into practice and reports from supervisees suggest that they have found the process a lot more powerful since implementing those changes." - Venessa, psychologist, WA.
"Daryl... You have a great presentation style, very respectful and very clear. The content of these last two days was amazing..." - Eeuwe, psychologist, NZ.
"Daryl was very engaging open to questions and kept the content easy to understand." - Michelle, WA
"Daryl you are a very engaging trainer." - Shelley, WA
"I really enjoyed how personable you were." - anonymous
"The best PD I have ever done...." - Monique, psychologist, WA.
"It was very informative, engaging, and encouraged reflection of our current practice, which is great. Also appreciate the practical aspects..." -anonymous, counsellor.
"Great workshop! Loved the infographic and Daryl us stepping us through it. Very comphrensive and Daryl was an engaging presenter through his use of anecdotes... and input from the audience." - Sarah, psychologist.
"Engaging presenter. Very knowledgeable of content area. Very worthwhile activity...." - Sandy, psychologist
"The TDPA (Taxonomy of Deliberate Practice Activity, Chow & Miller, 2015) was incredible! Desperately needed something to structure how to get started on (my professional development)." - Tania, psychologist
"I found the workshop really useful and feel motivated to put this into practice." - Grace, psychologist.
"The workshop gave me some clear personal targets to improve my therapeutic work. I really appreciated the way that process was tailored to each of our individual needs." - Ben, psychologist
Frequently Asked Questions
Enrollment for COHORT #10 is now OPEN.
(updated on 26th of March 2021)