Counseling Difficult or Extraordinary Individuals to Achieve Positive Therapeutic Outcomes

Presented by Jeff Gardere, PhD on 03-03-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Successful therapeutic outcomes often depend on the quality of the relationship between the clinician and the individual in therapy, but what if the person being counseled is difficult to work with? "Difficult" individuals may exhibit disruptive behaviors such as anger, aggression, and grandiosity or they may be immersed in helplessness and apathy. It is not uncommon for clinicians to struggle with providing effective treatment for such individuals.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Jeff Gardere will share clinical strategies that help prevent the therapeutic relationship from breaking down and causing damage to the therapist and the person in therapy. Attendees will learn to identify personality traits and behaviors that are considered to be oppositional, angry, or threatening and how they are symptoms of deeper problems that are often mired in vulnerability.

Attendees will learn to reframe the concept of “difficult” to see the individual in therapy as extraordinary. Dr. Gardere will describe how he identifies these extraordinary individuals as opportunities to learn more about transference, countertransference, and professionalism. He will help attendees understand his use of unconditional positive regard to address DSM-5 diagnoses. Dr. Gardere will also explain the strategies he has developed to increase cooperation in therapy and promote better client outcomes.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Recognize the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the formation of the difficult or extraordinary individual.
  2. Demonstrate skills for creating rapport between difficult or extraordinary individuals in therapy and their mental healthcare providers.
  3. Develop strategies to address transference and countertransference.
  4. Describe the characteristics and demographics that contribute to difficult and extraordinary individuals in therapy.
  5. Apply strategies for repairing and maintaining appropriate clinical relationships.

For additional information about this event or our CE grievance procedures, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

For additional information about this event or our CE grievance procedures, please contact us here.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE 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 #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Jeff Gardere, PhD

Jeff Gardere, PhD

Jeff Gardere, PhD earned his doctorate in psychology and philosophy from George Washington University and is one of the most sought-after experts in the field of mental health. In addition to having a private practice in Manhattan, he is an assistant professor and course director of behavioral medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. 

Dr. Gardere, also known as “America’s Psychologist”, has garnered the reputation of being a top motivational and keynote speaker in addition to his work as an empowerment and media coach. He was the host of VH1's "Dad Camp" and the psychologist on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" as well as a regular contributor to Roland Martin's "NewsOne Now" program.

In addition to co-authoring the book Practical Parenting with Montel Williams, his other publications include:

For more information about Dr. Gardere and his work, please visit his website www.drjeffgardere.com.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • ace
    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE 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 #0395.