with each of you trying to pull the other across an invisible line into submission. These are clients who leave you feeling insecure, incompetent, frustrated, and even angry. What do you do when clients seem to respond to everything with “Yes, but. . .”? You can break this cycle, though: stop pulling the rope. In this fascinating and practical workshop, you’ll learn innovative approaches and ideas that prevent and resolve resistance. We’ll review common mistakes therapists make that promote resistance. We’ll focus on using the power of language to circumvent this issue, overcoming resistance by honoring it, and dealing with silence. We’ll explore the meanings of resistance and discuss how to set goals that such clients can’t resist. (This session will continue with Workshop 314.)
Clifton Mitchell, Ph.D., is a professor at East Tennessee State University, where he received the Teacher of the Year award in 2002. He’s the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients.