Those working in helping roles regularly encounter challenging forms of resistance in their clients, and may sometimes feel unable to respond in an effective way. This workshop is geared towards those 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 the Internal Family Systems Model, this experiential training will equip participants with an enhanced style and new strategies that will strengthen relationships and maximize potential for motivating change.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • Why do People Resist
  • Factors that Shape Resistance
  • Exploring Readiness for Change
  • Resistance When Working with Youth
  • Resistance When Working with Addictions
  • Resistance When Working with Mental Illness
  • Steps to Motivating Change
  • Skills for Becoming an Ally
  • The Importance of Curiosity
  • The Role of Compassion and Connection
  • Stepping Out of Power Struggles
  • Creating Space for Resistant Parts
  • Identifying Resistant Parts
  • Strategies for Supporting and Building Change
  • When Change Isn’t Happening

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone seeking additional ways for working with resistance.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of resistance and the factors that contribute to it
  • Recognize signs of readiness for change, and list steps for responding that support change
  • Apply a three-stage strategy to create an environment where potential for change is maximized
  • Apply strategies for identifying and moving out of power struggles
  • Know what areas to assess and points to consider when change is not happening