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Digital Seminar

Working with A@@holes

Keith Miller, LICSW
1 Hour 56 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 23, 2018
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These days it seems there’s a jerk waiting around every corner—on the street, on your social media feed, even in your consulting room. Is there anything therapists can do for our clients and communities to help us successfully engage with the antagonistic people in our lives? In this recording, we’ll examine how to apply the therapeutic concept of radical acceptance as a practical and safe strategy to bring more peace, civility, and creativity into potentially polarizing situations.  


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.


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Keith Miller & Associates Counseling

Keith Miller, LICSW, is the director of Keith Miller & Associates, a large private practice specializing in couples therapy in Washington, DC. A certified Imago Relationship Therapist and certified Internal Family System (IFS) therapist, Keith is the author of Love Under Repair: How to Save Your Marriage and Survive Couples Therapy (2015). Keith is a frequent guest on television and radio.  He enjoys presenting complex topics with humor and down-to-earth familiarity. He writes a blog called Love Good and is author of numerous articles that aim to make it easier for couples to succeed at marriage and committed partnership. Keith is passionate about lowering the stigma couples face for going to therapy and is candid about how his own marriage of 15 years was saved by the kinds of couples therapy interventions he explains in this seminar. He holds a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and practiced psychiatric community mental health for many years. Keith’s undergraduate degree in religion and spirituality deeply shaped his believe in the interconnectedness of life and the possibility of transformation.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Keith Miller is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Keith Miller is a member of Image Relationships International; and Center for Self Leadership.



  1. Discover how to work more effectively with narcissistic or borderline clients who challenge our boundaries
  2. Discover how to avoid common mistakes when dealing with an antagonistic or difficult person by paying too much or too little attention to their behaviour
  3. Discover how to keep yourself safe and sane when interacting with clients who hold extreme beliefs by connecting to your own courage and creativity and getting support from others


Where do a@@holes come from? 

  • Owning your inner a@@hole: Examining our own political incorrectness and selfishness 
  • Biological, epigenetic, and behavioural factors 

Trick or treat? What to do when compassion and empathy are met with hostility 

  • Case conceptualization for narcissistic, borderline, and perfectionist personalities 
  • Compassionate confrontation: Standing up for yourself without putting the other down 

Changing A@@hole Culture 

  • Creative, non-violent responses to repression and socially violent behaviour 
  • Nurturing courage and connection: Breaking the cycle of shame and silence

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Behavioral Health Professionals

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