Reaction, counter-action, and resistance in psychotherapy - Arthur Freeman, Ph.D
The concept, if not the term "resistance" can be found in virtually all models of psychotherapy. While stemming from the earliest models of treatment intervention, the process, interaction, purpose of meaning of this central point in therapy must be addressed. For some treatments, the factor resistance is a normal and excited part of the client's role in the treatment. A previous therapist defined resistance for a particular patient as, "I will try to cure you and you will fight me to maintain the previous behavior"; for behaviorally oriented therapist the resistance can be viewed as noncompliance with the therapeutic regiment. For yet others, the lack of a more cooperative client position vis a vis treatment enhancing behaviors (as contrasted with treatment oppositional behavior) can be used to the enhancement of progress of the therapy. Often the resistance is more rooted in skill deficiencies on the part of the patient or the therapist.
This workshop will address several factors. 1) assessment of resistance, 2) optionally defining the process and value, 3) how resistance can be used in the service of the therapy, and integrating the resistance into daily functioning and life problem solving.
References will include: Beck, A. T., Ellis, R. Leahy, R. Freeman, A., Freud, S. The participants will be asked to submit to the instructor in advance, a brief clinical description and manifestation of the process of resistance to include: patient identifying data, the resistance conceptualized within the patient's therapeutic goals, and outcome.