Understanding and Working Effectively with Resistance in Families


Tara Byers, MS, LPC (Read Bio)


This Zoom course is designed to challenge practitioner notions about “difficult clients” by expanding their view of treatment resistance and refocusing them in practical and productive ways. This training will, through open and honest peer dialogue, skill demonstrations, role plays and didactic information, increase the practitioner’s learning about various models of resistance.

  • Content will include individual client factors related to resistance as well as the ways in which the therapist’s own values, beliefs and preferences may contribute to unsuccessful treatment interventions/relationships with clients and their families.
  • In addition, the therapists’ perspective on obstacles they (as practitioners) bring to the helping relationship, and the ways in which commonly used treatment approaches can inadvertently increase family system resistance, will be explored.
  • Participants will not only increase their self-awareness and conceptualization skills but will also develop practical techniques necessary to create collaborative therapeutic relationships while moving with resistance to create positive change. Therefore, to make this training as individually relevant as possible, please come ready to discuss specific case challenges related to resistance and actively participate in experiential exercises.
  • PCS provides light refreshments at all trainings.  Lunch is not provided. Please come prepared with a packed lunch as there will be a brief, working lunch break.
  • By attending a PCS training, you are giving PCS permission to videotape you and any discussion you participate in for video training purposes.

Credits Available

4.00 APA CE Credits For Psychologists, Social Workers or Professional Counselors
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Seminar Location



September 04, 2020
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $50


Seminar Contact

Adam Hultstrand

Director of Education

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  • PCS is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCS maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • People who attend PCS trainings and seminars in their entirety may receive CE credits for psychologists/LPC/ LSW/LCSW/ LMFT or general training credits, including CAC/DDAP. For other licenses, please consult with your respective licensing board.
    • Following each seminar, participants who have attended the seminar in its entirety will receive a PCS Training Feedback form via email.
    • After receipt of the completed form, PCS will issue a certificate via email indicating the CE credits that have been obtained.
    NOTE: Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) trainings are for BSL licensure credits only. APA continuing education credits noted above do not apply.