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Digital Seminar

Transforming Resistance: What to Do When Therapy Gets Stuck


Faculty:
Janina Fisher, PhD
Duration:
2 Hours 03 Minutes
Copyright:
Mar 19, 2021
Product Code:
NOS096121
Media Type:
Digital Seminar
Access:
Never expires.


Description

Most therapists think of “resistance” as the main obstacle to therapeutic progress. But whether it manifests as a passive-aggressive response to interventions, desperation for help alternating with a refusal to collaborate, self-destructive behaviour, or struggle for therapeutic control, the underlying conflicts about self-protection vs. trust in the therapeutic process remain the same. Even when clients sincerely want something different for themselves, they often can’t control the instinctive defensive responses evoked by the therapeutic relationship—but it doesn’t have to thwart therapy. In this recording, discover how to: 

  • Befriend the resistance by treating it as a resource and allying with it 
  • Reframe stuckness as a survival strategy and increase clients’ curiosity about the process 
  • Help clients use action, movement, and gesture to experience stuckness or resistance in new, more empowering ways 

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Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.

She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation.


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Objectives

  1. Determine how to avoid “resisting the client’s resistance” to improve clinical outcomes. 
  2. Evaluate how to befriend client resistance by treating it as a resource and allying it with it. 
  3. Assess how to reframe resistance and stuckness as a survival strategy. 
  4. Appraise action, movement, and gesture to help clients experience stuckness or resistance in new, more empowering ways.  

Outline

Describe how to avoid “resisting the client’s resistance” to improve clinical outcomes. 
  • Resistance and the psychotherapist 
  • “Dancing with resistance” 
Explain how to befriend client resistance by treating it as a resource and allying it with it. 
  • Looking at the protective function of resistance 
  • Treating resistance as a “survival resource” 
Assess how to reframe resistance and stuckness as a survival strategy. 
  • Understanding resistance in the context of trauma and attachment failure 
  • Communicating ‘positive regard’ for resistance 
Explore action, movement, and gesture to help clients experience stuckness or resistance in new, more empowering ways.  
  • From resistance into empowerment 
  • Making use of the energy of resistance 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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