Why you'll love this course

Resistance to therapy can be frustrating, both emotionally and practically. It can stall or even counteract treatment. Angela Caldwell doesn't just tell you how to overcome resistance by honoring it; she shows you, in two demonstrations.

Course description

You’ve seen him or her before: The client who just doesn’t want to be in your office, but agreed to go in hopes that it would appease their partner or parent. They slouch, they mutter, and they might actively insult you or the world of therapy. These clients can undermine treatment. They also can become your most valuable asset for creating change. This course focuses on treating families where one or more family members does not agree with, or is actively pushing back against, the therapy process. Topics include getting initial buy-in, handling blame, strategic interventions, and bringing back family members after some kind of rupture.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive)

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define resistance in terms of its systemic function

  • Identify the individual within a family whose buy-in is most necessary for successful treatment

  • Apply at least two systemic interventions designed to overcome resistance

Course outline

1. Defining resistance
a. Overt and covert resistance
2. Getting buy-in
a. Building a relationship with each individual
b. You don’t need everyone’s full support
c. Knowing whose support you need the most
d. Role-play demonstrations
3. Addressing blame
a. The “identified patient”
b. Why the identified patient does not want help
c. Challenging family narratives around blame
4. Systemic interventions


References - Resistance in Families.pdf

Instructor

Angela Caldwell, MA, LMFT

Angela Caldwell, MA, LMFT is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#45163). She serves as founder and director of the Caldwell Family Institute in Los Angeles, specializing in family-based treatment. She is an adjunct professor at California State University Northridge, teaching systems theory and related courses. She has specialized training and experience in family-based treatment for non-suicidal self-injury.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video format (non-interactive); Total running time 61 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes graduate-level knowledge of therapeutic relationship processes and factors, including joining and resistance.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. The course completion quiz can be retaken multiple times until passed.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: July 28, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

Refund Policy:

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Contact Information:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education credit in the Clinical topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.


This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.