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   Strategies for Managing Psychological Resistance in Counseling and Therapy



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Clifton W. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, HSP

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, 1992,  Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 

M. A. Clinical Psychology, 1976, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY  

B. A. Psychology, 1974, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA 


EMPLOYMENT IN EDUCATION:

Professor of Counseling, East Tennessee State Un., Johnson City, TN.                                          8/92 - Present

Stress Management Consultant, Union Hospital, Terre Haute, IN,                                                        1/90 - 8/91
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Statistics Instructor, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN                                                               Fall, 1990

Techniques Lab Instructor, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.                                 Summers, 1990 & 1991
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Career and Life Planning Instructor, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.                     Fall 1988, Spring, 1989

Psychology Instructor, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY                     Summer 1978, 1986 - 1988

Psychology Instructor, Bowling Green Junior College, Bowling Green, KY.                                          1985 - 1986


COUNSELING and PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Psychology Intern, Luton Mental Health Consortium, Nashville, TN.                                                    10/91 - 9/92

"Smoke Stoppers" Consultant, Union Hospital, Terre Haute, IN.                                                         10/90 - 8/91

Counselor, Fellowship at Indiana State University Counseling Center.                                                Spring, 1991

Counselor, Practicum at St. Mary of the Woods College, Terre Haute, IN.                                              Fall, 1990

Counselor, Practicum at Gibault School for Boys, Terre Haute, IN.                                                        Fall, 1989

Staff Counselor, Western Kentucky University Counseling Services Center, Bowling Green, KY.           1976 - 1978

Counselor, Grad. Assistantship, Western Ky. Un. Counseling Center, Bowling Green, KY.                   1975 - 1976

Inmate Counselor, Virginia State Penitentiary, Richmond, VA.                                                                     1974


PUBLICATIONS and VIDEOS:

Mitchell, C. W. (2013). Reducing resistance in psychotherapy. In Koocher, G. P., Norcross, J. C., & Greene,  
     B. A. (Eds.), Psychologists’ Desk Reference. (3rd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Mitchell, C. W. (2013). Is resistance dead? Psychotherapy Networker, 37(3), 18-23 & 60-61.

  Mitchell, C. W. (2012). The limits of confidentiality: The duty to report and to warn. Psychotherapy Networker, 
     36(4), 46-47.

Mitchell, C. W. (2011). Eavesdropping to enhance social skills. In H. Rosenthal (Ed.), Favorite Counseling and           Therapy Homework Assignments, Classic Anniversary Edition. NY: Brunner-Routledge

Mitchell, C. W. (2011). Techniques for managing silence in therapy. In H. Rosenthal (Ed.), Favorite Counseling      
     and Therapy Techniques, Classic Anniversary Edition. NY: Brunner-Routledge

Mitchell, C. W., & Disque, J. G. (2010). Managing therapeutic resistance which results from incompatible roles. 
     http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas10/ Article_50.pdf

Mitchell, C. W. (2007). Effective methods for dealing with highly resistant clients (2nd ed.). Johnson City, TN.,
     Clifton Mitchell Publishing. 

Genco, J. T., & Mitchell, C. W. (2006) Relationships between personality types and coping styles: A pilot 
     study. Journal of Psychological Type.

Mitchell, C. W. (2004). How to tell when a client is ready to change. The Advocate, 27(7), 1,10-11.

Mitchell, C. W. (2003). Tips for treating highly resistant clients. The Advocate, 26(11), 1,10-11.

Mitchell, C. W. (2003). Highly resistant clients: We’ve all had them. The Advocate, 26(7), 1,10-12.

Mitchell, C. W., & Rogers, R. (2003). Rape, statutory rape, and child abuse: Legal distinctions and 
     counselor duties. The Professional School Counselor, 6(5), 332-338.

Mitchell, C. W., Disque, G., & Robertson, P. (2003). When parents want to know: Methods for dealing with
     parental demands for confidential information. The Professional School Counselor, 6(2), 156-161.

Haren, E. G, & Mitchell, C. W. (2003). Relationships between the five-factor personality model and coping
     style. Psychology and Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 40(1), 38-47.

Mitchell, C. W. (2001). Using linear regression to predict short-term changes of the  Standard and Poor’s
     500. Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities, 19(10), 26-33.

Disque, J. G., Robertson, P. E., & Mitchell, C. W. (2000). A Postmodern approach to counselor education
     admissions.  In G. McAuliffe & K. Eriksen (Eds.), Preparing counselors and therapists (pp. 114-134).    
      Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company.

Mitchell, L. L., & Mitchell, C. W. (1998). Effects of premenstrual syndrome on coping style. Psychology - A 
     Journal of Human Behavior, 34(1), 2-10.

Mitchell, L. L., & Mitchell, C. W. (1998). Premenstrual personality alterations and psychological type: An 
     hypothesized, nonpathological explanation. Journal of Psychological Type, 47, 12-20.

Mitchell, C. W. (1997). Confidentiality issues surrounding client and parental rights and school records. 
     Global Visions for Counseling Professionals: The Journal of Tennessee Counseling Association. 4(1),  
     21-23.

Mitchell, C. W., & Headly, T. (director) (1997). Overcoming Roadblocks to Change: The Five Steps to 
     Effective Group Facilitation (video). Training video and manual for Tennessee’s Families First program 
     supervisors. 

Mitchell, C. W., & Shuff, I. M. (1995). Personality characteristics of hospice volunteers as measured by
     Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Journal of Personality Assessment, 65(3), 521-532.

Mitchell, C. W. (1994). Effects of subliminally presented auditory suggestions of itching on scratching 
     behavior. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 80, 87-96.

Shuff, I. M., Horne, A. M., Westburg, N. G., Mooney, S. P. & Mitchell, C. W. (1991). Volunteers under threat: 
     AIDS hospice volunteers compared to volunteers in a traditional hospice. The Hospice Journal, 7(1/2), 
     85-107.  This article was also published the same year as a chapter in M. O. Amenta & C. B. Thelan (Eds.), 
     Aids in the hospice community. New York: Haworth Press.

Mitchell, C. W. (1985, November). Nobody here but us fundamentalists: Why stockbrokers are not 
     technicians. Barron's National Business and Financial Weekly, pp. 32 38.


SELECTED PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS and CONFERENCE TRAININGS:

       Mitchell, C. W. (2013, May). Priming: Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements (keynote), Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, and The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Presented at the Tennessee Association Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS) Conference, Murfreesboro, TN. 

       Mitchell, C. W. (2013, April). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the Chattanooga Area Psychotherapy Association (CAPA), Chattanooga, TN.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2013, March). Learning Ethics Made Fun and The Myth of “Resistance.” Presented at the 2013 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C.

       Mitchell, C. W. (2013, March). Priming: Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements (keynote). Presented at the Case Management Society of America (CMSA) Conference, Knoxville, TN. 

       Mitchell, C. W. (2013, March). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, Chicago, IL.

       Mitchell, C. W. (2013, March). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients and The Legal and Ethical Game Show. Presented at the 2013 Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.  

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, Dec.). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader Presented at the 15th Fall Psychiatric Symposium, Knoxville, TN.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, Oct.). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the 2012 Fall Social Workers Conference, Morristown, TN.  

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, Sept.). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, Atlanta, GA.

       Mitchell, C. W. (2012, July). Priming: Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements (keynote), Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, and The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Presented at the Addictions Studies Institute, Columbus, OH.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, June). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the Cross Cutting & Integrated Practice Conference, Lansing, MI.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, May). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the Indian Health Service (IHS) Conference, Nashville, TN.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, April). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, Columbus, OH.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, March). Learning Ethics Can Be Fun: A Game Show Approach to Meeting Your Ethical Requirements and Resistance: Is It You or Your Client? Part 1 & 2. Presented at the 2012 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, March). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients and The Legal and Ethical Game Show. Presented at the 2012 Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.     

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, March). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Presented at the Chattanooga Area Psychotherapy Association (CAPA), Chattanooga, TN.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2012, February). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Presented at the 28th Annual Intercourt Conference, Columbus, OH.      

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, December). Resistance Management: Priming the Subconscious Mind. Presented at the 11th International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnotherapy, Phoenix, AZ.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, October). Priming: Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements (keynote), Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, and The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Presented at the 2011 National Association of Social Workers Alaska Conference, Anchorage, Alaska.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, October). Utilizing Reality Therapy: For Which Clients Does It Fit? and Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements. Presented at the 14th Fall Psychiatric Symposium, Knoxville, TN.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, September). Priming: Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements (keynote) and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the 2011 Louisiana Counseling Association Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, September). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full-day). Presented at the 2011 Nashville Area Indian Health Service Sponsored Drug and Suicide Conference, Nashville, TN.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, August). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day) and The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader (full-day). Presented at the Symposium for the Advancement of Family Therapy, Knoxville, TN.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, April). Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements (keynote) and The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the 2011 Annual Montana Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling Association Conference, Billings, Montana. 

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, March). Learning Ethics Can Be Fun: A Game Show Approach to Meeting Your Ethical Requirements and Beyond the Tug-of-War: Techniques for Resolving Resistance, Part 1 & 2. Presented at the 2011 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, March). Learning Ethics Can Be Fun: A Game Show Approach to Meeting Your Ethical Requirements and Beyond the Tug-of-War: Techniques for Resolving Resistance, Part 1 & 2. Presented at the 2011 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, Washington, D.C.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2011, March). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Presented at the 2011 Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

      Mitchell, C. W., & Mitchell, L. (2010, December). The Solution is in the Interaction: Understanding and Applying a Social Interaction Model of Resistance Management. Presented at the 9th Brief Therapy Conference, Milton H. Ericksonian Foundation, Orlando, Fl.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2010, October). The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Presented at the 2010 Achieving Clinical Excellence Conference (ACE), Kansas City, Kansas.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2010, August). Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvements (keynote) and The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader. Presented at the 2010 Annual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference, Tucosn, AZ.

      Mitchell, C. W. (2010, July). Fun with Ethics: The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge. Presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Boston, MA.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2010, May). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of the Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW), Atlanta, GA.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2010, March). Treating the Highly Resistant Client: Techniques That Work, Part 1 & 2. Presented at the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium 2010, Washington, DC. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2010, March). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Pre-conference Learning Institute presented at the 2010 Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Pittsburgh, PA.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2010, January). Strategies for Managing Resistance in Counseling. Presented at the Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association (GCCA) 34th Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, December). New Perspectives on Therapeutic Resistance: A Social Interaction Model. Presented at The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM), Hilton Head Island, SC. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, November). The Art of Therapeutic Language: Using Priming for Self-Improvement and Client Success (keynote), Fundamental Principles for Preventing and Resolving Psychological Resistance and Essential Therapeutic Dialogue Techniques for Resistant Clients (breakouts). Presented at the Annual Conference of the Alabama Counseling Association, Birmingham, AL. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, November). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Presented at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Tennessee Psychological Association, Nashville, TN.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, October). The Art of Therapeutic Language: Using Priming for Self-Improvement and Client Success (keynote) and Maximizing Critical Junctures in Therapeutic Dialogue: Challenges, Silence, “I don’t know” Responses and More (breakout). Presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, Scottsdale, AZ. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, October). Sorting Through the Toughest Legal and Ethical Issues and Fundamental Principles for Preventing and Resolving Psychological Resistance. Presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, San Diego, CA. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, August). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Presented at the 2009 Georgia School of Addiction Studies, Savannah, GA.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, July). New Perspectives for Understanding, Treating, and Connecting with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the 2009 American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) Annual Conference, Washington, DC. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, April). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Presented at the 2009 Annual Conference of the Tennessee Community Corrections Association, Memphis, TN.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, April). Fundamental Principles for Preventing and Resolving Psychological Resistance and Essential Therapeutic Dialogue Techniques for Resistant Clients. Presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, Creating Resilience on Main Street, Philadelphia, PA. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, March). Essential Skills for Preventing and Resolving Psychological Resistance and Breaking Through Critical Junctures with Resistant Clients. Presented at the U. S. Journal Training Conference, Therapeutic and Alcohol/Drug Interventions, Las Vegas, NV. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2009, February). Self-Improvement Through Precision Communication: Using Your Mind for a Change (keynote), and Working with Highly Resistant Youth (breakout). Presented at the 2009 Youth First Conference, Fredericksburg, VA.

       Mitchell, C. W. (2008, December). Ten Fundamental Principles for Preventing and Resolving Therapeutic Resistance. Presented at the Seventh Brief Therapy Conference, Milton H. Ericksonian Foundation, San Diego, CA. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2008, October). Ten Fundamental Principles for Preventing and Resolving Psychological Resistance. To be presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, Solutions to Human Dysfunction: Using the Latest Therapy, Tempe, AZ. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2008, September). Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. Presented at the 11th Fall Psychiatric Symposium, Knoxville, TN.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2008, August). New Perspectives on Therapeutic Resistance: A Social Interaction Model (keynote), and Maximizing Critical Junctures in the Therapeutic Dialogue (breakout). Presented at the Summit for Clinical Excellence, Mastering Therapeutic Navigation, Park City, UT. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2008, June). Self-Improvement Through Precision Communication: Using Your Mind for a Change (keynote), and Working with Highly Resistant Youth (breakout). Presented at the 2008 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Conference, Hampton, VA.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2008, May). Self-Improvement Through Precision Communication: Using Your Mind for a Change (keynote), and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (full day). Presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards, Birmingham, AL.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2008, May). Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior Client Outcomes and Self-Improvement (keynote), and Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients (2-day training). Presented at the 31st Annual Advanced School on Addictions, Nashville, TN. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2007, December). Slowing Down to Go Faster: Utilizing Resistance for Solution Development.Presented at the Tenth International Congress on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, Phoenix, AZ. 

     Disque, J. G., & Mitchell, C. W. (2003, September). Mind/Body approaches to supervision and resistance
Paper presented at the 2003 Southern Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (SACES) 
Conference, Chattanooga, TN. 

     Mitchell, C. W. (2003, September). Effective methods for dealing with highly resistant clients. Presented to 
Frontier Mental Health, Johnson City, TN.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2003, September). Legal and ethical issues regarding child abuse.  Presented at the 
Tennessee Early Intervention Conference in Gatlinburg, TN.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2003, February). Breaking down barriers to change: Effective methods for dealing with 
highly resistant clients. Presented at the Alabama American Mental Health Counselors Association, 
Birmingham, Al.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2002, July). Techniques for understanding and treating highly resistant clients. Presentation 
to the 2002 American Mental Health Counselors Association National Convention, Atlanta, GA.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2002, July). Legal and ethical issues for counselors. Presentation to the Martha Polk 
Chapter of the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA) Dyersburg, Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W. (2001, November). Child abuse: A clarification of school counselor obligations. Presentation 
to the 2001 Tennessee Counseling Association's (TCA) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W., & Mitchell, L. L. (1999, November). Educating students about private practice:  Teaching 
the business of counseling. Presentation to the 1999 National Convention of the Association of Counselor 
Educators and Supervisors (ACES) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

     Disque, G. J., Robertson, P. E., & Mitchell, C. W. (1999, November). Admissions process in counselor 
education: Challenges as we move toward 2000. Presentation to the 1999 National Convention of the 
Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1998, November). How to approach and effectively deal with difficult legal and ethical 
dilemmas. Presentation to the 1998 Tennessee Counseling Association's (TCA) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1997, November). Let's examine the law: A review of three of Tennessee's most important 
laws regulating the practice of counseling. Paper presented at the 1997 Tennessee Counseling Association's 
(TCA) annual conference in Knoxville, Tennessee.

     Disque, J. G., Robertson, P., & Mitchell, C. W. (1997, October). Predicting excellence: The admissions 
process in counselor education. Paper presented at the 1997 Southern Association of Counselor Educators 
and Supervisors (SACES) Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.

     Thompson, C. L., Mitchell, C. W., et al. (1997, October). IDEA exchange for counselor educators and 
supervisors. Teaching innovations presented at the 1997 annual meeting of the Southern Association for 
Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES), Louisville, Kentucky.

     Disque, G., & Mitchell, C. W. (1996, November). Techniques for Enhancing Therapeutic Effectiveness
Paper presented at the annual conference of the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA), Memphis, 
Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1996, April). Preparing counselors for interactions with medical professionals. Paper 
presented at the annual world conference of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania.

     Mitchell, C. W., & Mitchell, L. L. (1995, November). Understanding and treating the psychological changes 
which accompany PMS. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Counselors Association 
(TCA), Nashville, Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1995, November). Clash of the disciplines: Preparing counselors for dealing with medical professionals. Paper presented at the 1995 annual meeting of the Southern Association for Counselor 
Education and Supervision (SACES), Knoxville, Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1995, April). Effective procedures for dealing with dismissal of impaired students. Paper 
presented to the 44th national convention of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Denver, Colorado.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1994, November). Confidentiality for minors in school and private practice. Paper presented 
at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Counselors Association (TCA), Chattanooga, Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1994, November). The fundamental principle of cognitive therapy effectiveness. Paper 
presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Counselors Association (TCA), Chattanooga, Tennessee.

     Mitchell, C. W. (1993, November). Breaking down barriers to change: Effective methods for dealing with 
resistance. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Counseling Association (TCA), Memphis, Tennessee.  

     Mitchell, L. L. & Mitchell, C. W. (1990, October). Premenstrual syndrome related personality and cognitive processing alterations as indicated by the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Paper co presented at the Great Lakes Regional Meeting of the Association for Psychological Type, Dayton, Ohio and the Southeast Regional Meeting of the Association for Psychological Type, Atlanta, Georgia.


KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

The motivational/educational keynotes, "Priming: Using the Hidden Power of Language for Superior 
Client Outcomes and Self-Improvement" and "Self Improvement Through Precision Communication: Using Your Mind for A Change," have been presented to over 300 conventions, organizations, and businesses since 1988. Clients have included: 

Montana Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling Association
Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference
Intel Corporation 
Alabama Counseling Association
Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards Annual Conference
Ben Franklin Institute’s Summits for Clinical Excellence
Tennessee Advanced School of Addictions
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Annual Conference
Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug, & Other Addiction Services (TAADAS)
17th Annual Symposium on Professional Collaboration and Inclusive Education
Tennessee Association of Human Resource Agencies 
Northeast Tennessee Adult Protective Services 
Tusculum College Counselors
Southeast Association of Community Action Agencies
Tennessee State Leadership Conference
Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
First Tennessee Conference on Aging
Tennessee's Community Correction Association's 
American Society of Training and Development
Tennessee State Public Health Association
Carter Wallace Company
East Dairyman’s Association, 
Radiological Society of Virginia and North Carolina
Virginia State Prison Principals
Virginia Community College Association of Financial Aid Administrators
Leadership Terre Haute, Terra Haute, IN
National Association of Purchasing Managers
Virginia Department of Transportation
Lynchburg College
Leadership Hawkins County, Rogersville, TN 
Leadership Bristol, Bristol, TN.
UETEC Educators, Johnson City, TN
SPLASH Youth Leadership summer workshop.
Clayburn County Chamber of Commerce, Clayburn, TN
Upper East Tennessee Human Services Head Start 
Southwest Virginia Community College
North East Tennessee Institute of Internal Auditors
Department of Veterans Affairs, Johnson City, TN
Leadership Kingsport, Kingsport, TN 
First Tennessee Area Development District 
Virginia Highlands Community College


NATIONAL TRAININGS

A partial list of audiences and sponsors of the training seminars, Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients and/or The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge includes:  

Achieving Clinical Excellence Conference (ACE)
Alabama Counseling Association 
Alabama Council of Community Mental Health Boards
Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association (ALMHCA)
Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
Argosy University
Arkansas Tech – Division of Children & Family Services
Ben Franklin Institute’s Summits for Clinical Excellence
Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, VT
Chattanooga Area Psychotherapy Association (CAPA)
Chemical Dependency Counselors of Washington State
Child Focus Center, Cincinnati, OH
Community Counseling Program Northern Kentucky University
Community Counseling Services, Marion, OH
Connecticut Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP)
Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (CADAS), Chattanooga, TN
Cross Country Education
Department of Counseling and Human Development - Walsh University
Dunn Mental Health Center, Richmond, IN
EMDR International Association
East Tennessee Mental Health Association
Frontier Mental Health, Gray, TN
Florida Mental Health Counselors Association
Florida Asso. of Marriage & Family Therapists (Orlando, Palm Beach, Dade Chapters)
George Fox University Graduate Department of Counseling
Georgia School of Addiction Studies
Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers
Graduate Counseling Program - Xavier University
Greater Cincinnati Counseling Association (GCCA)
Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville, TN
Hillsborough Community College
Idaho Mental Health Counselors Association
Indiana University School of Social Work
Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (JACOA)
Kentucky Mental Health Counselor Association
Maryland Association for Addiction Professionals (MAAP)
Memphis Recovery Centers
Milton H. Ericksonian Foundation
Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA)
Montana Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling Association
Mountain Area Health Education Center, Ashville, NC (MAHEC)
Mountain View Hospital, Gadsden, AL 
National Association of Social Workers – Florida
National Association of Social Workers – Georgia
National Association of Social Workers - Miami – Dade
National Association of Social Workers – Hawaii
National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICABM)
New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)
New Jersey Mental Health Counselors Association (NJMHCA)
North Carolina Association of Social Workers (NASW-NC)
North Carolina Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (NCAMFT)
Ohio Mental Health Counselors Association
Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT)
Plateau Mental Health Center, Cookeville, TN
Peninsula Mental Health, Knoxville, TN
PESI Health Care
Psychotherapy Networker Annual Convention
Ridgeview Institute, Smyrna, GA
Seattle Pacific University Department of Marriage and Family Therapy
School of Professional Counseling - Lindsey Wilson College
Smoky Mountain Counseling Association 
Southwest Health Professionals Education Center VA Hospital
Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference
Tennessee Advanced School on Addictions (TASA) (2)
Tennessee Community Corrections Association (TCCA)
Tennessee Psychological Association
The Hart Center, Memphis, TN
University of Cincinnati Counseling Program
University of North Florida Counseling Center
University of Tennessee Counseling Program
U. S. Journal Training Inc.
Virginia Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
Virginia Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
Virginia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
Virginia Community and Residential Care Association
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)
Virginia Drug Court Association
Virginia Juvenile Justice Association
Virginia Rehabilitation Association
Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (WAMFT)
Washington State Mental Health Counselors Association 


LICENSES and CERTIFICATIONS:

Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider, State of Tennessee, October, 1993.

Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist by The National Association of Cognitive-
Behavioral Therapists, March, 1996.


AWARDS and HONORS:

2002 East Tennessee State University Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching

Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching 2001-2002, College of Education, East Tennessee State University 

Membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (1990). 
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Clifton Mitchell Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, has a love for teaching and over 23 years experience as a trainer and keynote speaker. He delivers practical information in a uniquely entertaining, fast-paced style that is filled with examples from his years of experience in mental health. For the past ten years, he has studied and presented seminars on methods for dealing with resistance in therapy. In his book, Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, he presents cutting-edge approaches for managing psychological resistance. He has trained thousands of mental health professionals in the management of difficult, perplexing legal and ethical issues and is now introducing his latest training in a exciting, dynamic game show format. He has  also  been  the  keynote  speaker  at  conventions  and  taught  hundreds  of  mental health organizations,
businesses, leadership groups, and civic organizations effective techniques for improving communications and for creating change through the precise use of language. He has published in numerous professional journals including the Journal of Personality Assessment, Perceptual and Motor Skills, Psychology and Education, Journal of Psychological Type, The Professional School Counselor, Vistas, and The Advocate. His research includes investigations of therapeutic resistance, legal and ethical issues, subliminal message tapes, stress and coping, PMS, and personality types.  His ideas and writings have also been published in Men’s Health Today and Barron’s Financial Weekly. Dr. Mitchell is currently a professor of counseling at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 2002.
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