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Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients
                                  Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D.

Understanding Resistance  (approx. 1 hr.)
Developing a personal philosophy for handling resistance
Resistance control = stress control
Conventional definitions
Alternative perspectives: Empowering the therapist
The positive side of resistance

Common Errors Therapists Make That Create and Foster Resistance (approx. 1 hr.)
Your client is not making progress toward what?
Why most people come to therapy?
The essential ingredient necessary before we help anyone
The perils of assuming a knowing attitude
Empathy and the real reason people change
"Baby Steps" are not a joke
Declining the invitation to take the pain
Stages of change: Responding appropriately

Nine Critical Principles for Dealing with Resistance (approx. 1 hr.)
Do the unexpected
Slowing down to go faster
Respecting resistance
Developing a working attitude
The perils of labeling
When to make confusion your friend
Confrontation: Making it work

Goal Creating Language and Techniques (approx. 30 min.)
Always take time to tend to this
Goal creation starts with the client

Lunch Break: 1 hour

To Ask or Not to Ask, That is the Question (approx. 30-45 min.)
The problems with questions
When not to ask
Quelling the urge to ask questions
Converting questions into curious commands
Using the question wisely

Managing "I Don’t Know" Responses (approx. 45 min.)
       Just what does "I Don’t Know" mean?
Responding to "I Don’t Know"
How to avoid "I Don’t Know" responses
The classic pretend technique

Words: The Fundamental Tool of Therapists (approx. 1 hr.)
Two fundamental rules of language every therapist should know
Developing the "desire side" of change
The influence of words on mental processing
The compelling power of priming

Conclusion

Please note that I find it helpful to take two breaks in the morning session.  However, this is not practical with large numbers of attendees.

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