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)
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
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
Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive). Total running time 61 minutes.
Intermediate. This course assumes graduate-level knowledge of therapeutic relationship processes and factors, including joining and resistance.
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. Learners are expected to complete the quiz within a reasonable number of attempts, and may be blocked from completing the course and receiving their certificate if unable to do so.
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 pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
There is no outside commercial support for this course. The presenter discloses a family relationship with the Education Director. In accordance with our policy, the Education Director is recused from all Curriculum Committee decision-making involving this course. Decisions about content approval are made at the Curriculum Committee level.
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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, #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: 07/06/2021 – 07/06/2024. 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.
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SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0091.
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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.