Redefining Resistance: Understanding and Supporting Challenging Children
Event Date: 06/15/2022
Event Time: 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
Event Type: Live Virtual
Total CE Credits: 1.5
Clinical Hours: 1.5
General Admission: $10 CE Cost: $10
No matter how loving and knowledgeable, many parents and teachers encounter children who do not respond well to traditionally successful behavior management approaches. Similarly, therapists at times find themselves stumped by clients who seem not to want the help offered. Whether questioning therapists’ guidance or not implementing their suggestions, reluctant clients can be frustrating. Often labeled "resistant," these clients and children can become objects of frustration, rejection, and even abandonment by the very people they trust to help them. In this training, Ms. Pruett will explore the reasons behind these challenging dynamics and offer ideas for better aligning with caregivers and helping them align with children.
Participants will conceptualize circumstances in which clients and children labeled "resistant" are treatable.
Participants will learn approaches that better match client needs in order to reach successful outcomes.
Participants will understand interventions for gaining client alignment.
Michelle Pruett, LPC, M.Ed., Ed.S.
After earning her M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in counseling from the University of Florida, Michelle Pruett, LPC-S, began her career in social service agencies, helping to preserve families and reduce danger in vulnerable populations. Since opening a private practice in 2011, Ms. Pruett has used her training in trauma and attachment to help children, families, couples, and adults heal from trauma and strengthen relationships. She specializes in helping adults who have histories of attachment injury and trauma; couples experiencing relationship distress; and families whose children have experienced trauma, especially children who are adopted or who have been in foster care. Ms. Pruett is trained in Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR), Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She is passionate about supporting therapists and educators and provides training in Alabama and neighboring states throughout the year. She also supervises therapists who are pursuing professional licensure.
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