CPD that works: Learn deliberate practice

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18th March 2024, 12.00pm - 6.00pm
Counsellors and trainees
Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London, Greater London, WC1E 7HX

In this day-long workshop, you will learn how you can improve as a therapist - and why your current efforts might not be working. We will review what the research really says about psychotherapy and teach you effective techniques for developing your skills. And we will spend plenty of time practising those techniques and developing those skills.

Sponsored by The International Deliberate Practice Society.

Learning objectives:

  • learn the principles of deliberate practice (DP)
  • try DP for yourself and start to master its key components
  • learn where to find free resources for continued practice
  • learn how to incorporate DP into supervision


The aim of this seminar is to give you a practical introduction to DP. Through carefully selected exercises in a well-tested format, we will show you how to implement DP and build it into a sustainable routine. We will show you where to find free DP resources to support your practice.

We will use didactic teaching, video demonstrations, live demonstrations, and experiential exercises to:

  1. Introduce the principles of DP.
  2. Set out the practical applications of DP.
  3. Teach you DP exercises which can be used within any therapy model. You will learn how to derive small, concrete, incremental learning goals from the complex constructs of psychological theory.
  4. Show how DP can be integrated into supervision, to improve trainees’ skills and outcomes.


The field of psychotherapy traditionally emphasises clinical supervision, clinical experience, literature, and study as tools for professional development. But these are highly theoretical and passive learning methods, and the science of learning suggests that they are unlikely to influence clinicians’ procedural skills (Vaz & Rousmaniere, 2021). This is reflected in their poor correlation with treatment outcomes.

To improve outcomes, we need to convert conceptual knowledge to actual therapist behaviour, as this is what clients encounter in the therapy room. With DP, we translate conceptual understanding into clinical skills, using training that is active, procedural, and tailored. DP is currently the most empirically supported method for skill-building (Ericsson et al., 2018, 1993).

Prominent psychotherapy researchers and authors agree on the promise of DP (Anderson & Perlman, 2020; Miller, Hubble & Chow, 2020; Norcross & Karpiak, 2017; Rousmaniere et al., 2017; Wampold et al., 2019; 2021), and studies suggest that therapists who engage in DP achieve better outcomes and skills acquisition (Larsson et al, 2023; DiBartalomeo et al, 2021; Westra et al, 2020; Perlman et al., 2020; Anderson, Perlman McCarrick & McClintock, 2019, Goldberg et al., 2016). DP is the subject of a recent book series from the American Psychological Association, which applies DP principles both to general therapy skills and to models such as schema therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and psychodynamic therapy.

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Hosted by Michael Eisen

Vidar M. Husby (Norway) and Luca Rossi (Italy), are both Clinical Psychologists, authors, supervisors, and Certified DP trainers from the International Deliberate Practice Society. Michael Eisen (UK) is a Clinical Psychologist, Associate Clinical Tutor at UCL, and author.