Behavioral Sciences

How to Use GoReact for Deliberate Practice

A short video clip where Adam Jones highlights unique feedback features in GoReact that support deliberate practice

GoReact has a number of benefits – adding time-stamped feedback to a supervised video, markers to monitor facilitative interpersonal skills, audio and video feedback, easy integration with LMS systems, and more which help to improve student outcomes.


Adam Jones:

That’s just a brief introduction into deliberate practice, but I want to talk just a few minutes here to talk about how I use GoReact for deliberate practice and I’m going to share my screen here.

So GoReact has a number of benefits that were really helpful for us. One is GoReact is HIPAA compliant. So you can record therapy sessions. Don’t worry, this therapy session is a vignette with actors. So I don’t have real clients on here, but we’ve been able to record our therapy sessions with GoReact. You can also record virtual sessions. It has a screen sharing capability where you can capture virtual sessions as well. And alternatively, if you have other systems where you record therapy sessions, it’s very easy to upload those recordings into GoReact for assignments. But like I mentioned, GoReact has the ability, if you have a therapy session, you can come in and you can add feedback to a supervisee’s video and it’s time stamped in the video.

So if I give feedback here and I give feedback at another point in the video, I can click on my comment and the therapist can go in and click on that specific spot in the session and know exactly what my feedback is addressing. That was one of the most difficult things for me in supervision, was it can be really difficult to review people’s videos and either I had to write down times or had to go fishing through the video to find where it was that I saw the skill that they could work on. So GoReact makes it much more efficient to be able to identify moments in the video that they can work on. You can also use markers, and I’m glad folks mentioned the facilitative interpersonal skills. If I see a skill that I’d like them to work on, rather than typing it out, I can just use my marker and say, “I want you to work on rupture repair and this is the spot in the video where I’ll have you do that.” Or empathy or engaging in hopefulness, persuasiveness, right?

And we can talk about the different skills that they would like to use. So the facilitative interpersonal skills, they’re very helpful for individual therapy. Their conceptualization pretty much is primarily focused on individual therapy. So we’re actually developing another measure right now for systemic therapy, relational therapy that we’re developing right now and we’re planning to test, but there are a number of resources out there. So you can record feedback, you can type in the feedback, you can give video feedback or audio feedback, which is really nice, but there are a number of other assignments that you can do with GoReact that can be very helpful in improving outcomes.

For example, one thing I’ll do with students is I’ll give them a vignette, a recorded vignette with actors, and they can watch that vignette. Tony Rousmaniere has on his website a lot of little vignettes that you can try. They kind of vary in degree of difficulty. I have some vignettes of relational therapy that I have as well that I’ll share with students and they can… And so with students, I find this to be much more reliable than a role play because they’re all getting the exact same stimulus. So I know exactly what they were watching and so I can evaluate their skills on a specific element. So we can pull up the video, they can watch it, they record their response, and then I can give them their own rubric to go through and evaluate their own skills and abilities.

You can have peer rubrics where they go through and evaluate each other’s videos. Or there are instructor rubrics, where you can go in and give them feedback on their work. If I think they’re really struggling with something, I can pull up my library here and say, “Hey, I think this session with Insoo Kim Berg is a really nice one that you might look at.” And I can share the video. The link is in there, takes them straight to YouTube, and they can watch that session to see, so I can demonstrate some of the skills that I want them to improve in.

Let’s see. There are role play assignments, which can be very helpful. The nice thing about these is setting up any assignment in GoReact is very simple, but there are group recording sessions, and this essentially operates as a webinar. This interfaces with Canvas or Blackboard or other LMSs that are out there. And so a group of students can hop on and maybe two of them are the clients and one of them is the therapist, and they can have a mock session and record that and save that. And I can go in and give them feedback. They can give each other feedback on how they can improve their work. With GoReact you can also… Something I’ll have them do early on is to study videotapes of expert therapists, especially if they’re really struggling to identify kind of what their therapeutic style might look like.

I have them identify therapists that they’ve liked watching before and try to get a sense of what types of questions do they ask. They can upload videos. If they have a video through another service, like or something like that, they can screen share that video in GoReact. And so they can watch it and then pause it and then talk about what they’re seeing in the expert video. They can upload YouTube videos and it pulls the video right in here if there are videos of people doing therapy in YouTube that they want to watch and practice some of the skills themselves. Not only can they watch the video, but they can pause it, record themselves practicing that skill and then I can go in and just watch their practice and see how they’re practicing those skills with those expert videos.

The other nice thing that I mentioned is you can have the group meetings, which are essentially a webinar chat. It works very much like Zoom, and because it’s HIPAA compliant, we hold our supervision meetings, if we have virtual supervision. We don’t do this much anymore, but especially through the pandemic, we would hold supervision meetings through GoReact where we could get together and talk about our cases.