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Turning the Corner

with Resistant Clients:

Strategies That Work

Professional Workshop Details

Facilitator: Clerissa Cooper, LPC

Dates: future dates to be determined

Location: Live Online Workshop on Zoom

Check-In: 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM 

Presentation: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

Lunch on Your Own: 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM 

Fees: Early Registration - $135

        Regular Registration - $150

Workshop Description

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) was developed specifically for working with clients who struggle to build and maintain healthy relationships with providers and clients who struggle to stay motivated to do the work that will lead to accomplishing treatment goals. This workshop will provide clinicians new tools and perspectives rooted within DBT assumptions about therapy that will allow the therapist to step out of the power struggle with the client, increase empathy for both client and self, and increase the non-judgmental stance. Workshop attendees will learn the core skills of behavior chain analysis (BCA), validation, irreverence, and appropriate self-disclosure.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize the model for describing emotions to behaviorally define, explore, and address client resistance as therapy-interfering behavior and/or willfulness as conceptualized in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
  2. Understand and practice the six levels of validation and their relationship with self-disclosure.
  3. Define and appropriate utilize commitment strategies to increase client motivation.
  4. Define and appropriately utilize the strategies of self-involving self-disclosure, validation, and irreverence to diffuse client resistance and increase collaboration, positive engagement, and change.

Continuing Education Hours

5 Core Hours for Professional Counselors

5 Related Hours for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists