Frontiers of Psychotherapist Development Podcast by Daryl Chow, Ph.D.

Daryl Chow, MA, Ph.D.

Welcome to Frontiers Radio! A podcast for psychotherapists who value deep learning and individualized development that translates to better results with the people you aspire to improve.

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#1. Introduction to Frontiers Radio by Daryl Chow, Ph.D.
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In this exclusive episode #10 on Frontiers Radio, we have a special guest, Dr. Scott Miller. We talked about several luminary figures who shaped and influenced his life, pivotal turning points, the writing process and his thoughts around the future of psychotherapy.   Time Stamps Intro (00:00) People who shaped Scott's life (05:30) Lynn Johnson and Hal Miller (07:11) Michael Lambert (15:36) On Writing (18:24) Impact of changing track from accounting to psychology (21:15) Pivotal Turning Points (24:50) Why Scott Wrote Book of A Mormon (29:39) Mark Hubble (42:O0) The Losing Faith Article (44:19) Scott Miller's evolution (48:39) The Moving Bubble (52:52) Measurement (54:12) K Anders Ericcson (56:21) Bruce Wampold (62:53) The Bubble Redux: Going Forward in the Application of Deliberate Practice (65:35) Taxonomy of Deliberate Practice Activities (TDPA) worksheets (72:31) For more details of show notes and the video edition, go to

Oct 7

1 hr 24 min

I believe one of the most critical things you can do is to create a personalised learning system (PLS). Though the payoff is not immediate, but like growing a seed, the benefit is tremendous, especially if you value personal and professional development. In this episode of Frontiers Radio, I take you down a road trip of my note-taking system, and why, after over 10 years, I'm now making a switch to an app call Obsidian. For shownotes go to   or watch the video version on For more details on the Deep Learner web-based workshop, go to

Jun 2

16 min 57 sec

In the 1950s, A fairly unusual be-spectacled and slender Lieutenant Gilbert Daniels was tasked to solve one of the biggest problems in the US Air Force: Plane crashes. What he unravelled in the process holds a unique lesson for psychotherapists, and why we have been failing to implement and scale "evidence-based" practices as we try to fit the "average person" instead of the individual.

May 11

15 min 48 sec

We pay tribute to K. Anders Ericsson in today's episode.  He is known by many to be "the expert on expertise." His work, along with his colleagues had a profound impact on a wide array of professional domains such as sports, music, chess, and more recently in the field of psychotherapy. His four decades worth of research also informed the hugely popular book by Malcolm Gladwell, Outlier. (Though the "10,000hr" rule thing got misrepresented by others). ~~~ In this episode, you'd hear - the impact he had on me personally. - the foreword that he wrote for our book, Better Results (co-authored with Scott Miller and Mark Hubble, APA, 2020), and - a short poem I wrote in Oct 23, 2010 that was dedicated to him.  Better Results book was also dedicated to Dr. Ericsson.  ~~~ Show Notes: Peak by Ericsson and Pool Ericsson, Krampe and Teach-Römer's seminal article on The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance The Music of Psychotherapy: Learning in a Wicked Environment (a blogpost I wrote  in Aug 2019 about my first encounter with Ericsson in Kansas City) Scott Miller's recent interview with Ericsson. A meta-analysis on deliberate practice by Macnamara et al. 2014 Our reanalysis of the 2014 meta-analysis Music, Right in Front of Me, by Daryl Chow and produced by DC and Joel Louie.

Jun 2020

25 min

I found myself telling this story to me kids some nights ago. I believe it's worth retelling here, especially in the current anxious climate surrounding the coronavirus. After the story, I say a few words about why we need to express our heartfelt thanks to people behind the scenes in our healthcare. Plus, why we must support our local communities and businesses when this comes to pass. And finally, news about our Deep Learner workshop, plus giveaway of the audiobook version of my book. Promo code is given near the end of this episode. Thank you for listening. Thank you for your continued care of your clients in therapy through this global pandemic. Take precious care. p/s: Due to copyrights reason, I'm not able to use a song that you must listen in these times. Play George Harrison's All Things Must Pass after listening to this episode. 

Mar 2020

12 min 36 sec

"I spent half of my life lost in an education system that pushed for results and performance... and failed.. Even when I Began to perform well in undergrad and so on, I wasn't learning; I was performing." In today's episode, we draw a distinction between "performing" and "learning," and what we can do to become deep learners. For a video version of this episode, go to  If you haven't subscribed to the Frontiers list to get updates to help you be at your leading edge of development, click here Show notes:  1. For more on performing vs learning, check out the research done by Robert Bjork and his colleagues.  Soderstrom, N. C., & Bjork, R. A. (2015). Learning Versus Performance: An Integrative Review. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 176-199. doi:10.1177/1745691615569000  2. For more about the Deep Learner web-based workshop, go to 

Mar 2020

10 min 52 sec

No manufacturing company in the US and UK was initially willing to license his vacuum cleaner.  James Dyson was laughed at for designing a transparent vacuum cleaner that showed all the filth it sucked up.  Today, Dyson the company returns over $500 million in annual profits and employs nearly seven thousand people worldwide. Had the founder given up on the “bagless” vacuum cleaner idea, Dyson would be just another name. Turns out, therapists have one critical thing to learn from James Dyson's innovation: Making progress visible. --- Also, listen at the end for a really important question from one of our listeners.

Mar 2020

23 min 23 sec

"The actual path of a raindrop as it goes down the valley is unpredictable, but the general direction is inevitable."~ Kevin Kelly. In this episode, I spell out 9 potential forces that will shape our future in the field of psychotherapy. If we are stay on the bleeding edge of not only our professional development, and also have an inkling where our field is going, you'd wanna tune to this episode. Here are the 9 forces to pay attention to:  1. "We will be wrong." 2. The Inflation of diagnosis 3. There will be new fads 4. The ethics of routine outcome monitoring (ROM) 5. Flesh and machine 6. Practice-based evidence 7. Accountability in professional development activities 8. A movement towards theoretical orientation? and 9. YOU. ~~~ If you have questions that you like to share on Frontiers Radio, we would love to hear from you! Record in your voice memo, and email it to . I'd do my best to respond to you! For more on topics related to your development go to the blog, Frontiers of Psychotherapists Development

Feb 2020

46 min 18 sec

  If we were given a chance to reimagine education in psychotherapy, how might it look like? How would we design the learning process? What needs to change and evolve? In this podcast episode, we discuss about two different approaches to educating psychotherapists: the banking model vs. the kindling model. Turns out, which path we take makes a huge difference.  For the blog version of this episode, go to 

Dec 2019

14 min 54 sec

Frontiers Radio is a podcast for psychotherapists who value deep learning and individualized development that translates to better results with the people you aspire to improve. On the show, you'd acquire cutting edge knowledge that pushes beyond the edge of your development. Deliberate practice principles are pulled together from the studies of expertise and expert performance in a variety of professional fields, including cognitive sciences about how we learn, behavioral economics, aesthetic arts, social, counselling and clinical psychology and of course, latest updates and relevant tips from the front-lines of psychotherapy research. Episodes include short bitesize pieces to help you raise the bar of your game interviews with practitioners and leading figures in the field latest book and research publication recommendations that are relevant specificially for you. It's my job to help you stay at the bleeding edge, so that your client's reap the benefits as you become a deep learner. Be sure to subscribe to Frontiers Radio on Apple Music, Spotify, Stitcher or whenever you get your podcast.

Dec 2019

1 min 41 sec