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This argument has been underscored by Robert J. Lifton, famous for his study of the role of doctors in Nazi Germany, who's said, "Psychologists are meant to heal and not break down, and therefore any consulting or involvement in interrogations . . . should be prohibited by the American Psychological Association."
Motivating Depressed Clients for Therapy
Every therapist knows that clients' ambivalence about change is a primary obstacle to effective treatment. Now there's increasing evidence that an approach called Motivational Interviewing (MI), can help directly address clients' mixed feelings about being in therapy.
Originally developed for work with alcoholics, a notoriously difficult treatment population, MI incorporates old-fashioned Rogerian principles of empathic listening and genuine respect for the client's perspective. It draws on the work of change theorists James Proschaska and Carlo DiClemente, which identifies the distinct stages ambivalent clients need to pass through to develop a more proactive engagement in therapy. Instead of emphasizing prepackaged treatment protocols, MI "rolls with clients' resistance rather than butting up against it," in the words of Allan Zuckoff, of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.