Scott D. Miller, Ph.D is a researcher and psychologist who is interested in the efficacy of psychotherapy and how therapists can achieve clinical excellence with their clients.

Dr Miller  is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioural health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organisations, both public and private, to achieve superior results.

Here are some startling facts Dr Miller and his colleagues have found from extensive research of therapeutic outcomes:

  • attending a workshop to learn a specialised approach in treating a specific problem or learning a new treatment model does little to improve therapeutic effectiveness
  • client dropout from therapy continues at around 47%
  • every 10th person who enters therapy leaves worse off than they when they entered therapy
  • there is little difference in outcomes whether therapy is practiced by experienced professionals, students or early career professionals

But it’s not all doom and gloom. The good news is Dr Miller has lots of great ideas about how we can achieve clinical excellence.

Watch the video below of Dr Miller’s presentation from the 2013 Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference called The Evolution of Psychotherapy: An Oxymoron to find out more about what practitioners can do to improve their clinical outcomes in therapy.

And if you haven’t heard Dr Miller’s interview on the Australia Counselling Podcast, check that out at the link below:

How Outcome-Focused Psychotherapy Leads to Clinical Excellence: Interview with Scott Miller PhD

The Evolution of Psychotherapy: An Oxymoron

About Scott D. Miller:

Scott D. Miller Ph.DScott is one of a handful of “invited faculty” whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.” His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery.

Scott is the author of numerous articles and books, including Escape from Babel: Toward a Unifying Language for Psychotherapy Practice (with Barry Duncan and Mark Hubble [Norton, 1997]), The Heart and Soul of Change (with Mark Hubble and Barry Duncan [APA Press, 1999, 2010]), The Heroic Client: A Revolutionary Way to Improve Effectiveness through Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy (with Barry Duncan [Jossey-Bass, 2000], and Jacqueline Sparks [Revised, 2004]), Staying on Top and Keeping the Sand Out of your Pants: The Surfer’s Guide to the Good Life (with Mark Hubble and Seth Houdeshell [HCI Books, 2003]) and the forthcoming Achieving Clinical Excellence in Behavioral Health: Empirical Lessons from the Field’s Most Effective Practitioners (with Mark Hubble and William Andrews).


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