414/514 The Myth of “Resistance”

Clifton MitchellClifton Mitchell • Saturday All Day
You know you’re facing resistance when your client shrugs or mumbles “I don’t know” to most of your questions and seems terminally bored. Ditto when therapy seems to be at a dead-end and you feel insecure, incompetent, frustrated, even angry. Yet, could you be resisting the notion that your clinical approach just isn’t working? In this practical workshop, we’ll discuss what resistance looks like in a variety of clinical situations and settings—and how to spot when part of the issue might be clinical missteps. You’ll learn some common mistakes therapists make that promote resistance (assuming a knowing attitude, failing to determine mutually-agreed-upon goals), along with a host of approaches and techniques to circumvent it. You’ll leave with practical strategies to effectively motivate clients to dig deep, discover emotionally compelling reasons to change, and work toward concrete goals. (This session will continue with Workshop 514.)

Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D., is a professor at East Tennessee State University, where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 2002. He’s the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients.

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