Deliberate practice is a general method for skill development that can be applied in almost anything that require a learning process. The deliberate practice model highlights the importance of a strategic thinking of how you train, rather than what and how much you train. The method has gained interest in the field of psychotherapy lately as a consequence of the data that suggests that who provides the therapy is a much more important determinant of success than what treatment approach is provided.

This JC will include a brief presentation of the background of deliberate practice and discuss methodological issues of an article that tried to measure the role of deliberate practice as a predictor of therapists’ effectiveness.

The focus of the discussion will, in relation to the article, focus on ideas of how to improve measurement of deliberate practice in psychotherapy research and why, when and how the method could be implemented in routine clinical practice.  

Title of the article that will be discussed:

Chow DL, Miller SD, Seidel JA, Kane RT, Thornton JA, Andrews WP. The role of deliberate practice in the development of highly effective psychotherapists. Psychotherapy (Chic). 2015 Sep;52(3):337-45. doi: 10.1037/pst0000015. PMID: 26301425.



The JC will be led by doctoral student Simon Fagernäs and the senior researcher Sven Alfonsson from Kompetenscentrum för Psykoterapiforskning

The Journal Club is intended for PhD-students associated with CPF. Registration for the JC is not necessary! It will be possible to join in on video conference through ZOOM, contact Karolina Sörman ( for this purpose.

Instructions regarding ZOOM: You can get also connected through smartphone (download the app ZOOM). Click on "join a meeting", type in the meeting code that Karolina will provide you with and choose username. For a group to join in, you can use a web camera. For this purpose, download ZOOM on your laptop (for SLL-computers, the installation might take some time so prepare this well in time). To join the meeting, click on the link provided by Karolina.



Meeting ID: 691 4737 3343

Passcode: 600555