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Reframing Resistance: Strategies for Moving Therapy along with Resistant Clients




Course Information

Title: Reframing Resistance: Strategies for Moving Therapy along with Resistant Clients


Course start date: Friday, October 21, 2022 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Check-in will start at 8:30 A.M



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Registration cost: $79.00


Last day to register: 10/21/2022 7:00 AM




Course Description

This Supervision Workshop is designed to help in supervising trainees who are motivated and focused, yet at times find themselves in a “holding pattern” in therapy with clients who seem passive, uninterested in change, or who continue making self-destructive choices. Supervisors will develop a fuller understanding of how building a strong alliance, and avoiding common therapist pitfalls, can powerfully change the course of therapy with these “resistant” clients. They will gain thorough knowledge of how to react to clients’ emotionally triggered reactions in ways that promote progress and positive change.




Learning Objectives:

1) Participants will learn how to help supervisees build a therapeutic alliance and mutual goals which maximize client investment and engagement in therapy

2) They will understand the numerous contributions therapists make to client resistance, and how to help supervisees to modify these for more effectiveness

3) They will gain a clear understanding of Outcome and Process resistance and how to assist supervisees in responding to these reactions in therapy



Christine Elliott, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience as a clinician in private practice. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. As an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at CWRU she has taught graduate students how to integrate spiritual beliefs into psychotherapy. Dr. Elliott is a regular conference presenter at Cleveland State University and the ADAMHS Board. She is also a frequent trainer and Retreat leader for corporate and community organizations, such as OverDrive, Inc. She provides consultation and Strategic Planning to group counseling practices. Dr. Elliott is active on the Board of Trustees of the City Mission, is a Team Member at Humble Design, and other agencies which serve the larger community.


3 CE Credits CSWMFT approved for Supervisor CEs


Please note that attendees must be present for the entirety of the course to obtain credit.

  • Check-in will start at 8:30 A.M.


Professional Approvals

CASAL is a Sponsored Provider for continuing education through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board. The approval number for this course is MCST10220856.

CASAL is also approved as a provider of continuing education for psychologists by the Ohio Psychological Association Office of Mandatory Continuing Education (OPA-MCE). Our Approved Provider # is 340966056.

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Disability Services

Cleveland State University serves hundreds of students with a variety of disabilities, including learning disabilities, chronic health issues, attention deficit disorders, psychological conditions, visual impairments, mobility impairments, and hearing impairments. Anyone requesting accommodations due to a disability should make her or his request through the Office of Disability Services. Cleveland State University is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Refund Policy

Cleveland State University Division of Continuing and Extended Education Cancellation Refund Policy.

Contact Us

Questions regarding the course email cecasal@csuohio.edu or call (216) 523-7234.




This course is in-person at Cleveland State Main Campus


In person location: Cleveland State University

The exact event location at Cleveland State University Main Campus will be included in the confirmation email.


If you are having trouble finding the location the day of the event please call the event organizer at 216.387.2142


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