Helping professionals regularly encounter challenging forms of resistance in their clients, and feel unable to respond in an effective way. This workshop is geared towards those new to working with resistant clients or professionals who are looking for new ways to facilitate the change process in the people they work with. Participants will be challenged to reassess their methods of interacting with resistant clients, and bring a new, collaborative, client-centered approach to their work. Drawing from the approaches of Motivational Interviewing, Positive Discipline and Internal Family Systems Model, this experiential workshop will equip helping professionals with an enhanced style and new strategies that will strengthen relationships and maximize potential for motivating change.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

Day 1
  • Examining Your Philosophy of Resistance
  • Resistance and Personal Differences?
  • Readiness for Change
  • Spotlight on Youth
  • Spotlight on Addictions
  • Spotlight on Mental Illness
  • Three Steps to Motivating Change
  • Step One: Becoming an Ally
  • The Importance of Curiosity
  • Compassion and Connection
  • How Do You Know You’re an Ally?
  • Power Struggles: Identifying and Avoiding Them
  • Step Two: Creating Space for Resistant Parts
Day 2
  • Children and Family Violence
  • A Look at an Internal System
  • Our Own Parts Map
  • Identifying Resistant Parts
  • Practicing Interviewing Skills
  • Finding Common Ground
  • Step Three: Supporting and Building on Change Talk
  • If Change Doesn’t Happen
  • The Importance of Ongoing Evaluation and Support
  • Where Do We Go from Here?



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Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study exercises, skill development and small group discussion

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for counselors, teachers, social service and health care professionals and anyone seeking additional ways of working with resistance.