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Dealing With Our Most Difficult Clients

media-audiocourse-tn With Bill O'Hanlon • 4 Sessions • 4 Optional CE Hours

pro-development-a301-difficult-clientLearn the secrets of how to connect with “impossible,” therapy-fighting clients in a way that gets them beyond their ambivalence and genuinely invested in therapy.

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.

4 Audio MP3 Sessions:
Download $57
Add 4 CE Credit Hours: $29

A301 Dealing with Our Most Difficult Clients

Session 1:

  • 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

Session 2:

  • 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

Session 3:

  • 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

Session 4:

  • Unpacking problems
  • Co-creating achievable goals
  • Case consultations

Meet Presenter Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT

Bill O'Hanlon
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.


4 Audio MP3 Sessions:
Download $57
Add 4 CE Credit Hours: $39

The content of this course is at the introductory - intermediate level.