About the Academy

The Academy of Psychotherapists of the ISPA Clinic is a space for training, research and development of clinical expertise. It is based on a new paradigm which is centred in the person of the therapist and in the development of their clinical effectiveness. The purpose is to develop intervention skills based on psychotherapy research, which contribute the most to positive therapeutic outcomes.

The Academy of Psychotherapists’ mission is to provide higher clinical effectiveness to students of psychology or other health and human sciences, to psychotherapy trainees and to clinicians from different theoretical approaches.

Many national and international renowned psychotherapists and researchers give voice and action to an updated, flexible, innovative and challenging training program.

The Academy’s cross-theoretical psychotherapist training paradigm is rooted in three basic pillars:

  1. Contextual Model
  2. Routine Outcome Monitoring
  3. Deliberate Practice

The contextual model is an explanatory meta-model on how different psychotherapies are effective. Therefore, it’s not another intervention model. Routine outcome monitoring - also known as evidence-based practice - is performed by feedback systems that enhance psychotherapeutic outcomes and decrease dropout rates. Deliberate practice is a learning method based on the science of expertise. It is an innovative method in psychotherapy, which complements the traditional forms of supervision and continuous training. In deliberate practice the focus is on the development of superior clinical effectiveness. The training program is idiosyncratic, unique, and specific to the psychotherapist.

The Academy's psychotherapist training program is evidence-based, emphasizing the dimensions that most contribute to the variance attributed to therapeutic change. Research has highlighted the importance of certain transversal and common factors to the different theoretical models to the detriment of their specificities.


Figure 1. Impact of common and specific factors on therapeutic outcomes (Wampold & Imel, 2015) 


The focus of the training is the psychotherapist. Complementarily, the characteristics and actions which contribute most to psychotherapist effectiveness, as well as the variables that least influence positive clinical outcome, have been identified. 


Table 1. Characteristics of effective therapistists supported by reserach. In Wampold (2017)


From the synthesis of scientific literature, a training program takes place that emphasizes efficiency and rigor, flexibility of training modules, and new learning methods, which foster the personal and professional growth of the psychotherapist.


The Academy of Psychotherapists, an integral part of the ISPA Clinic, relies on three vectors that influence each other: clinical practice, scientific research and psychotherapist training. 


As it is incorporated in a university clinic, the Academy benefits from the clinician-researcher model, in which the training of psychotherapists is based on the dimensions of empirical evidence. The training of psychotherapists is thus organized in cycles of workshops focused on the therapeutic factors most sustained by scientific research. This promotes an individualized training centred on the specificities of each psychotherapist, through deliberate practice.




Horários e Contactos

Horário de Atendimento

2ª a 6ª - 8:00h às 21:00h

Sábados - 10:00h às 15:00h



Tel: 218 811 710

2ª a 6ª - 11:00h às 13:00h

e das 14:30h às 19:00h


Email: clinica@ispa.pt


Morada: Rua Jardim do Tabaco, 74, 2º

1149-041 Lisboa