What does a therapist do when Motivational Interviewing (MI) and CBT are not working? Graduate therapy courses do not typically teach techniques that .. Read more address how to help highly resistant, unresponsive, uninvolved, involuntary, and/or defiant clients to change. In this program, a model of change is presented that makes use of what could be called the prerequisites or precursors of change. Put in a different way, we have all been taught the “defense mechanisms,” but this presentation makes use of the “offense mechanisms” of change, based on empirically validated precursors of change. However, the main focus of this workshop is to provide powerful techniques to dissolve resistance so that CBT and other standard therapy approaches can then take effect. Techniques presented are easily applied, published strategies and methods that have remarkable change potential, such as the freedom challenge, concretization, addressing the hurt, button-pushing, subpersonalities, tapping the metalog, life circles, admiring resistance, validating intentions, powerful metaphors, existential validation, and more. Put in a different way, we have all been taught the “defense mechanisms,” but this presentation makes use of the “offense mechanisms” of change, based on empi.
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