Clients with borderline issues, trauma survivors, and other chronic problems are often paralyzed by ambivalence and impulses toward self-hatred and self-harm. Suggestions, interventions, and proposed solutions are often met with "Yes, but " or "You don't understand."
What's Covered in A301 Dealing With Our Most Difficult Clients:
- To widen your clinical lens so that you will neither be rigidly attached to any pet theory nor overinvested in having your clients change.
- How to be with clients in their ambivalences and contradictions so that they realize that things can be different.
- Which stories, task assignments, and techniques of inclusion and permission can move therapy forward with your most difficult clients.
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A301 Dealing with Our Most Difficult Clients
- Acknowledgment and possibility
- The two legs of successful therapy
- Five methods of acknowledging and validating while opening possibilities: spinning problems into the past, going un-global, shifting from reality claims into perceptions, shifting problems into preferences, creating positive expectancy and hope
- Inclusive therapy
- Three levels of inclusion: permission, inclusion of seeming opposites, exceptions
- Methods of inclusion: tag questions, saying the 'no' for the client, oxymoron, finding the value in the problem or the resistance, revaluing the devalued, disowned and dissociated, self-compassion and self-forgiveness
- The resistant therapist
- The evil empire: what you as a therapist have devalued and resisted
- Delusions of certainty and how to recover from them
- The definition of insanity
- Embracing and learning from clinical failures
- Transcending biases and habits and developing flexibility
- When to stop being flexible and take a stand or give up
- Unpacking problems
- Co-creating achievable goals
- Case consultations
Meet Presenter Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT
Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT, has authored or co-authored 23 books and taught over 1200 seminars around the world. His latest book is Seven Pathways to Connection: A Practical Manual of Therapy and Spirituality.