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Dealing with Resistance in Treatment: Getting Unstuck
Topic/Sujet Trauma-Focused Interventions
Certificate/Certificat Yes
Level/Niveau Intermediate
Format In-Person
Session Open
Course Dates/Dates du cours Click here/Cliquez ici


One of the most common reasons for poor outcome, early termination or even open hostility in sessions is related to a wall existing between the client and the service provider. This wall is known as “resistance.” Attempting to tear down the wall can lead to further distance being created in the therapeutic relationship, early termination or regression.

Resistance is a response to a perceived threat. When we find that a client is not moving towards goal achievement, resistance may be the issue. With this understanding, clinicians can respond more effectively to engage clients when resistance emerges. Participants will discover a wide range of practical tools, techniques and activities and strategies will be provided which can be brought into any therapeutic relationship to reduce the incidence of resistance emerging.

Outcomes/Objectifs d'apprentissage

• Evaluate sources of resistance (client/clinician/external)
• Recognize how resistance can be triggered or magnified unintentionally and know what to do when this happens
• Apply client-centered approach which is non-judgmental to allow for a more constructive response to resistance.
• Use tools and techniques to turn resistance into engagement.
• Apply judgment in choosing the right tool for the right age and the right setting

Available for in-service at your location. Contact Karen@safeguards-training.net for information or to book.


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