What Works in Psychotherapy
by Scott Miller
What works in psychotherapy? In this interview by Randall C. Wyatt, Miller shares everything he knows about psychotherapy outcomes, including simple practices that significantly improves outcomes.
"Our diversity as a profession... is not a weakness that needs to be cured with evidence-based practice. It's a strength and it needs to be nurtured with outcome-informed measures." - Scott Miller, PhD

Miller suggests that to begin with, it's the therapeutic alliance that's one of the most important elements. And here's the real ticker—Miller has found that the therapist is the determining factor, not the treatment model. This means that therapists can learn, grow and be more effective with their clients by systematically monitoring therapy outcomes, inviting negative feedback, and asking the simple question that so often seems too difficult for therapists to ask: "How is this working for you?"

Miller warns against manualized systems that require therapists to narrowly work in a particular model, citing research that shows that therapists are the most effective when they are allowed to practice what they believe and are confident in. This means you don't need to change your modality to be more effective, and, in fact, can have a meaningful evidence-based practice by adapting some of Miller's simple tools to invite client feedback.

What therapists are saying…

"What Works in Psychotherapy would be especially valuable to social work educators and students... the DVD could serve as a way to reconnect with “true north” in their work. It is encouraging to hear that the strengths perspective that is so valued in social work can apply to the profession itself. Miller asserts, "Our diversity as a profession, working in different ways, believing different things.... It’s a strength that needs to be nurtured." What Works in Psychotherapy can promote the discussion on how to do just that."

-- Michelle Estile, LMSW, Reviewed in The New Social Worker
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From watching this video, you'll learn:

• What factors determine positive and negative outcomes in psychotherapy.
• How to be the most effective therapist with all your clients by learning to monitor outcomes.
• When the most important times to intervene are, and how therapy approaches vary depending on the client's own stage of change.

Length of video: 0:58:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

This DVD plays in All Regions

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-159-3

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-159-7

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-158-5

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-158-0

Scott Miller, PhD is co-founder of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, a private group of clinicians and researchers dedicated to studying "what works" in mental health and substance abuse treatment. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training, and speaks at conferences worldwide. He is the author of numerous articles and co-author of The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy, The Heroic Client: A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness through Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy, and the forthcoming What Works in Drug and Alcohol Treatment.

CE credits: 4

Learning Objectives:

  • List which factors most influence outcomes in psychotherapy.
  • Integrate client feedback process into therapy.
  • Monitor therapeutic outcomes to increase your effectiveness with clients.
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