In-Person Training

Recognising and Managing Resistance

A wellbeing strategy for therapists and clients
Practicum Workshop

AVAILABILITY: in-person only
COST: $250 +GST per person
This workshop is capped at 21 participants, as there are 7 triads doing practicum throughout.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Mental Health Practitioners seeking strategies to formulate and overcome therapies that have become stuck.


Do you recognise these challenges in your work?

  • A client presents with such emotional vulnerability that you can’t bring yourself to start your intervention
  • A client is working hard on their therapy, but things aren’t improving, and they report a confusing “technical” problem that prevents the strategies that work for others working for them
  • No matter what you propose, your client reports it won’t work for them
  • You feel like you are doing more work on the therapy than a client

It’s possible that resistance is the source of the challenge. Do you know how to manage it?

Detailed Content Summary

Learning to recognise and manage resistance as a process in therapy helps your clients to make more progress, and also enhances your wellbeing as therapist.  Resistance refers to all the ways that people try not to feel their pain, (and all the ways we let clients do that), when facing the pain is what is needed for change.  In this workshop, Catherine walks you through:

  • Theories of resistance in the context of complex trauma
  • Self reflection on your caseload and your own profile of resistance
  • 3 x Practicum in triads (therapist-client-observer) to develop skills in addressing and managing resistance in your therapies, so it’s capped at 21 participants.

Part 1

  • Manifestation and Theories of Resistance in Therapy

Part 2

  • Self Reflection on Caseload
  • Self Reflection on Therapist Resistance
  • Practicum: starting a conversation about resistance

Part 3

  • Practicum Managing Resistance #1 – Hyperaroused Client
  • Group Debrief

Part 4

  • Practicum Managing Resistance #2 – Hypoaroused Client
  • Group Debrief
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