The continuing education for therapists courses listed below cover the topic of resistance in therapy. Register today to view an upcoming event to earn CE credits by viewing a homestudy course at any time.
Resistance in therapy refers to a client or patient’s unwillingness to discuss specific details or topics in therapy. Clients hold on tightly to whatever the topic is, refusing to discuss it, and bringing the progression of their treatment to a pause. The client can sometimes make a conscious decision to withhold details from their provider, while other times doing so unconsciously. Clients who manage anxiety, depression, or other internalized issues are exceptionally prone to resistance, finding it difficult to express private emotions, thoughts, or experiences.
When a provider fails to address resistance during a session, rifts can form in the client-therapist relationship, leading to decreased client engagement or difficulty making progress. Learning how to identify resistance in therapy and use it as an opportunity for growth is essential to the advancement of the client.
GoodTherapy offers continuing education for therapists on resistance in therapy, teaching providers how to encourage clients to open up in sessions. Courses cover situations involving clients managing trauma, overcoming parental resistance in child and family therapy, and techniques for working with highly resistant clients. Depending on the state you practice in, continuing education may be necessary to fill licensing requirements.
Resistance in therapy is unavoidable. By participating in continuing education courses, therapists can learn how to effectively and appropriately address the issue, helping their clients overcome conscious and subconscious roadblocks that are slowing them down. With the right tools, therapists can learn to navigate these rifts, building rapport and trust along the way.
Sign up for a live, online training on resistance in therapy or watch a homestudy course, today.
- Addressing and managing resistance with internalizing clients. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/addressing-resistance
- Psychology state continuing education requirements. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.continuingeducation.com/psychology/state-ce-requirements
- Social work state continuing education requirements. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.continuingeducation.com/social-work/state-ce-requirements