Therapy with Reluctant Clients

Therapy with Reluctant Clients


5 Hours | 5 CEs (CEUs)

Program Description

This self-paced training program on Therapy with Reluctant Clients is presented by Dr. Stan Brodsky.

This course examines the clinical dilemmas faced by therapists who, for a variety of reasons, are working with involuntary or reluctant clients. These individuals often come to therapy through the judicial system but might also be problem employees or spouses persuaded to enter therapy by their mates. Under these circumstances, working together can be frustrating for both therapist and client. The typical therapist’s skills of reflecting, probing, and supporting often fail with individuals who did not enter into therapy of their own accord—or who, once there, do not engage readily with the therapist.

The inquiring approach to therapy, with its frequent questioning of the client, can have an unwelcome and intrusive quality for poorly motivated clients. Dr. Brodsky demonstrates how therapists can tailor their interventions to avoid impasses, build a firm alliance with the client, and help them develop more productive behaviors. Specifically, Brodsky proposes that therapists adopt a variety of techniques that largely avoid asking questions. Instead, he shows how therapists can make assertive statements about what is happening in the client’s life, identify behaviors, and describe choices the client might make. Through the use of case material, Brodsky demonstrates that interacting creatively with reluctant clients can lead to significant breakthroughs.

The fee for this training program is $150 and includes all materials.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for therapists and counselors who work with offenders, probationers, involuntarily committed patients and, more broadly, other clients who fail to make progress. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:


  • Describe at least 5 different approaches to working with reluctant clients
  • Describe at least 5 ways in which reluctant clients will act out
  • Describe at least 5 different transition sentences that can be used with reluctant clients
  • Describe the positive psychology approach to psychotherapy
  • Describe the group conversation method
  • About Dr. Stanley Brodsky

    Dr. Stanley Brodsky is Professor Emeritus at The University of Alabama, where he coordinated the psychology-law PhD concentration for the last 2+ decades. His work specializes in the application of psychological knowledge to offenders, law, and legal issues. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology & Law Award of the American Psychology-Law Society.

    This course is ideal for mental health professionals interested in furthering their knowledge in therapy with reluctant and coerced clients.

    Treating the Clients Nobody Wants

    (1) Coerced and Reluctant Clients
    (2) Reluctant and Coerced Therapists

    Not Asking Questions

    (1) Don’t Ask Questions: General Principles
    (2) Don’t Ask Questions: Why They Don’t Work With Coerced Clients
    (3) Don’t Ask Why
    (4) Clients Asking Questions

    Therapeutic Frames of Reference

    (1) Objective Self-Awareness
    (2) Clients’ Personal Constructs and Repertoire
    (3) Additional Approaches to Therapy

    Working With Client Hostility, Scorn, and Avoidance

    (1) Hostility and Scorn
    (2) Avoidance
    (3) Illustrative Cases

    “Dr. Brodsky is a knowledgeable and engaging presenter!”

    “The supplemental materials were useful and presenter clearly!”

    “This course is absolutely wonderful and provided a broad scope of information.”

    Continuing Education Credit

    This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 05 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. Each participant will be able to download and print the CE certificate upon completion of the final evaluation.

    Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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