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4 weeks starting Thursday October 22nd 9-10:45am PST (12noon-1:45pm EST) 

Cost: $240- 7 CE hours*

Completion of this course counts toward TEAM Therapy Certification  (Level 1, Item 1.a or 1.b.; Level 2, Items 1.a. or 1.c. Level 3, Item 1.a.).


Many of us struggle to work productively with patients who resist forming a collaborative alliance.  Such patients may engage in challenging behaviors such as repeatedly “forgetting” to do homework, passively declining the opportunity to get to work, avoiding openly sharing feelings, or saying that they are “just not able” to get out of bed. In this live online course, you will learn practical methods that will help you form a warm, productive connection with even the most challenging patients. You will have a chance to implement these skills by role playing your toughest cases while receiving feedback.

Please note: Attendance is required at all four meetings in order to obtain CE credit. Partial credit cannot be granted.

After participating in this 4-week course you will be able to:

  1. Pinpoint your own role in creating Alliance Resistance
  2. Name your own negative thoughts and feelings that can arise in the setting of Alliance Resistance
  3. Describe the advanced empathy technique called Changing the Focus
  4. Use the relationship technique called Forced Empathy
  5. Use the Interpersonal Downward Arrow technique
  6. Describe the concept of the Gentle Ultimatum and Sitting with Open Hands to hold your patients accountable for change
Course Curriculum:
Week 1: Pinpointing our role in creating resistance: Use of TEAM-CBT tools to identify our own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that set up the patient to resist.
Week 2: Addressing our role: Changing the focus and interpersonal downward arrow techniques
Week 3: Empathizing with the resistant patient: Empathy skills, the forced empathy technique, tactfully disclosing negative feelings
Week 4: Compassionate accountability: How to use the gentle ultimatum, sitting with open hands and the fallback position to hold your patients accountable


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*The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course has been approved by FGI as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 7 CEs. NAADAC Provider #149212. The Feeling Good Institute (FGI) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6750. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. FGI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This organization (Feeling Good Institute, #1442) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. ASWB Approval Period: 05/30/2018-05/30/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 7 Social Work continuing education clock hours. Feeling Good Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. A certificate of attendance will be emailed to attendees who attend 100% of the training within a week of completion of the workshop survey. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations please contact Dr. Maor Katz at maor@feelinggoodinstitute.com.