Motivating Change – Strategies for Approaching Resistance
About the trainer
Lana Dunn, MEd, RPsych
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.
About This Workshop
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
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.
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
What our clients have to say...
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You Will Receive
A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. For livestream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.
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Continuing Education Credit
While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: A two day workshops earns 12 continuing education hours and a one day workshop earns 6 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.
The following associations have formally approved our workshops:
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit
Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)
Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada
Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)
Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation
*Three of our workshops are formally approved with CACCF: Addictions & Mental Illness, Harm Reduction and Motivating Change. For other workshops contact CACCF directly to inquire about approval.
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