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:
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One of my favorite CEU events! Such an important topic to address. Great presentation and loved the talk on boundaries and their importance. – Kati Morton, LMFT
This presentation was valuable to me on a number of levels. It helped me realize that I'm not the only therapist who attracts challenging clients. It also offered valuable tips to strengthen the client-counselor relationship and spur on progress.
- Michael Leffingwell, LPC, MA
The presenter does a good job of maintaining interest in the topic, and the information is useful and timely. - Celeste Hope Nettles, MS, MBS, LPC
Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.
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Premium Membership with GoodTherapy includes access to this web conference at no cost. Not yet a Premium Member? Mental health professionals can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95.
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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