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Managing Client Resistance

Can you discuss your views of client resistance, and incorporate any cases you have encountered thus far in which you believe client resistance (or reluctance) may be a factor. If you do not believe client resistance has presented itself yet, base your discussion on your professional readings and beliefs.

For the second portion of the discussion question, post a one-paragraph summary of your group supervision notes. Then post your personal reflection of this week's group supervision.

Please ensure that the post has theoretical, empirical, or professional literature to support your views and writings. Reference your sources using standard APA guidelines.

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NOTE: The following information provided is based on professional readings and beliefs.

(1) Can you discuss your views of client resistance, and incorporate any cases you have encountered thus far in which you believe client resistance (or reluctance) may be a factor. If you do not believe client resistance has presented itself yet, base your discussion on your professional readings and beliefs.

According to King. (1992), resistance is a common therapeutic experiences and client response. Moving clients through this resistance—an approach which allows resistant symptoms as behavior to be converted to therapeutic use. The approach is based on an understanding of the dynamic of client's resistance, and the utilization of those dynamic in creative and client-enhancing ways: King outlines two specific techniques for using resistance (165): (A) The Adlerian concept, and (B) the Utilization perspective.

(A) The Adlerian perspective suggests that resistant behavior is goal directed. King 1992 (writes that each symptom and aspects which motivate treatment is for some specific goal. In the same way, symptoms are used by clients for two reasons: (a) to avoid personal responsibility and (b) gain or sympathy for the problem behavior (p. 167). The Adlerian perspective encompasses several important components including: (a) inevitable resistance, and (b) misalignment of goals.

Based on this concept, resistance is stated be inevitable. For instance, assumptions are made that clients are making the best choices even if they are symptomatic. In other words, the client is coping with his or her challenges. On the part of the therapist, by advocating changes, the therapist recommends that the client stop responding to circumstances in ways that do not ...

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This solution discusses the management of client resistance.

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