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The 6 Most Challenging Issues in Therapy

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Treating the Highly Resistant Client

  • Overview of the nature of client resistance
    • Correcting past views of resistance in therapy
    • Helping the therapist understand their role in the client's resistance
  • Discussion of how to overcome resistance
    • Gathering the right details of where the therapist should focus for treatment
    • Setting mutually agreed upon goals toward change
    • Building the optimal therapeutic conversation
  • Concluding remarks from Clifton Mitchell
    • Final remarks advice of how to build the therapeutic relationship to best overcome resistance
    • Follow-up training opportunities with Clifton Mitchell


Treating the Narcissistic Client

  • Introduction to the narcissistic client
    • Identifying who are the narcissistic clients
    • Understanding the challenges of narcissistic clients
  • Strategies to work with narcissistic clients
    • Developing a relationship with the client
    • Assessing your own vulnerabilities and triggers
    • Connecting clients with their inner child
    • Using homework assignments to generalize therapeutic learnings
  • Concluding remarks from Wendy Behary
    • Analysis of break-throughs with the narcissistic clients
    • Follow-up opportunities with Wendy Behary


Treating the Borderline Client

  • Overview of clients diagnosed as "borderline"
    • Discussion of client traps for the therapist
    • Understanding the nature of what causes blockage and lashing out from the clients
  • Using the Internal Family Systems model of therapy to treat borderline clients
    • Understanding the roles of each part within the client and how they contribute to the client's response
    • Learning how to access the compassionate inner “self”
    • Managing client anger and over-dependency
  • Concluding remarks from Richard Scwhartz
    • Helping clients use the Internal Family Systems approach outside of the therapeutic session
    • Follow-up opportunities and resources with Richard Schwartz


Treating Clients with Severe Attachment Disorders

  • Introduction to cases where challenges are not as straight-forward as expected
    • Understanding the "cracks within the foundation" within our clients
  • Using somatic methods to overcome attachment disorders
    • Intergrating clients with their inner child part
    • Recognizing internal attachment disorders within clients
    • Identifying feelings of shame and worthlessness
  • Concluding remarks from Janina Fisher
    • Finding and identifying resolution of healing with clients
    • Follow-up opportunities and resources with Janina Fisher


Treating the Stuck and Self-Destructive Client

  • Introduction discussion of when therapy stalls
    • Identifying when momentum has stopped within a therapeutic relationship
    • Recognizing when a client is no longer making effort toward healing
  • Getting the therapy moving again
    • Identifying the things not to do to get a session moving again
    • Acknowledging your own role as a therapist when treatment bogs down
    • Repairing ruptures in the therapy relationship and moving toward progress again
    • Discussion of how to do major confrontations with clients
  • Concluding remarks from William Doherty
    • Seeing the therapist role as both "healer" and "consultant"
    • Follow-up training opportunities and resources with William Doherty


Customizing Therapy with the Resistant Client

  • Introductory discussion of treatment method to disorder diagnoses
    • Understanding the role that DSM diagnoses plays compared to methods customized to client
  • Getting the therapy moving again
    • Assessment of client characteristics and individualizing treatment to client
    • Discussing therapy preferences with clients
    • Developing integrative therapy techniques that are adapted to client
  • Concluding remarks from John Norcross
    • Discussion of evidence-based practices of healing and treatment
    • Follow-up training opportunities and resources with John Norcross


  • List common behaviors that often mistakenly promote resistance.
  • Identify approaches to circumvent resistance.
  • Explain how to help clients find emotionally compelling reasons to change.
  • Describe the behavior and characteristics of narcissistic clients.
  • Recognize why it’s important to achieve leverage with such clients and how to do so in treatment.
  • Name techniques that are effective when working with narcissistic clients.
  • Summarize the challenges of working with clients who have borderline personality disorder.
  • Explain what Richard Schwartz means by vulnerable inner “parts.”
  • Describe how to contain feelings of defensiveness when working with clients who have borderline personality disorder.
  • Illustrate characteristics of clients who have attachment injuries and are self-loathing.
  • Define “disowned selves” and understand how to help clients embrace these parts.
  • Discuss how the therapeutic relationship can effectively heal attachment wounds.
  • Explain how to recognize when a client isn’t making any progress in therapy.
  • Discuss ways to help clients get back on a treatment plan or stop making self-destructive choices.
  • Recognize how to discuss clients’ unhelpful behavior in session without sounding like a disappointed parent and further injuring them.
  • List the six personal characteristics that enable therapists to best customize treatment.
  • Explain how to effectively match therapeutic techniques to clients’ needs.
  • Discuss the significance of customizing treatment to individual clients.

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 03/06/2013

The Challenge of Treating Complex PTSD: What to do When Things Get Messy and Uncomfortable

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Introduction and overview of collaborative change model for trauma treatment

  • Introduction to collaborative change as a "meta-model" to other trauma therapies
  • Discussion how collaborative change model can help therapists overcome being stuck

Experiencing collaborative change therapy with trauma

  • In-depth study of the concept of ethical attunement
  • Workshop between participants to discuss techniques
  • Clinical feedback examples to support collaborative change model of therapy
  • Review of collaboration change model and lesson on techniques how to apply it to other models of therapy

Concluding remarks and question and answer session

  • Presenters answer specific questions about trauma model
  • Final consolidation exercise to use with clients

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Behavioral Health Professionals


  1. Describe how to assess the client’s motivation, stage of change, and preferred mode of learning to improve treatment outcomes.
  2. Articulate the importance of therapist transparency to improve client engagement
  3. Articulate strategies to help empower clients in session
  4. Explore intra-family violence and its clinical implications

Copyright : 03/17/2016

Mastering the Anxiety Game: Teaching Clients to Welcome Their Fears

Program Information


Introduction to anxiety disorders and treatment methods

  • Protocol to apply to all anxiety disorders
  • Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other specific anxiety disorder treatment methods

Experiencing the treatment of anxiety disorders

  • Video demonstrations of cognitive behavioral therapy in-session
  • Summary and analysis video sessions
  • Discussion of anxiety and trauma

Question and answer session with Reid Wilson and concluding remarks

  • Final remarks about in-session videos
  • Reid Wilson answers audience questions about treating anxiety disorders

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals


  1. Explain how to rapidly engage anxious clients in the therapeutic alliance and change their mindset toward their fears.
  2. Identify why the first step to changing an overwhelming response to anxiety is accepting the perceived threat as something the client can approach and change.
  3. Implement strategies to help clients transform their fear into a challenge to be met or a puzzle to be solved.

Copyright : 03/18/2016

Addictive Behavior as the Problem

Program Information


Introduction to co-existence of substance abuse and mental health issues within clients

  • Introduction to trauma and addications in clients
  • Introduction to trauma' impact on children
Experiencing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with trauma
  • Helping Clients Reduce Their Shame
  • In-depth overview of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Other Professions


  1. Utilize clinical strategies to alleviate symptoms of shame in clients.
  2. Integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions that teach clients how to regulate their nervous systems and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
  3. Analyze the efficacy of cognitive interventions to improve treatment outcomes.

Copyright : 03/19/2016