The rest of us might become highly competent professionals, but we will probably never acquire that magical “X” quality that separates the great from the merely very good. This Reading Course explains that, in fact, the best therapists, with success rates at least 50 percent better than the average, all engage in certain simple practices that virtually guarantee success. Scott Miller, Barry Duncan, and Mark Hubble investigate why some therapists are different from other, less successful, therapists (it’s not training, experience, theory, personality style, or even talent!) and what they do that gives them superior results. In another article, they describe explain how using a few simple feedback measures—plus paying close attention to your failures—can make you a better therapist. Cynthia Maeschalck and Rob Axsen demonstrate that using these same feedback techniques can even be therapeutic, helping to transform “impossible” clients into clinical success stories.
Supershrinks: What’s the Secret of Their Success? by Scott Miller et al.
How Being Bad Can Make You Better: Developing a Culture of Feedback In Your Practice by Barry Duncan et al.
But Will It Help “Those” Clients? by Cynthia Maeschalk et al.
1. Describe what is meant by the term “supershrink.”
2. Discuss the qualities of “supershrinks” that make them more successful than other therapists.
3. Understand how paing attention to feedback can make you a more effective therapist.
4. Explain how evidence-based practice can help a therapist.