Clients will test boundaries just to see what will happen when they do. If you’re prepared for such tests, and can avoid some predictable errors in response, you’ll find that the course of treatment runs smoother.

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Clients test boundaries – Court clients more so than those who referred themselves. Sometimes the testing is just to see if rules can be bent for personal convenience. Sometimes it’s an expression of resistance to change itself. And other times, clients will test boundaries just to see what will happen when they do.

If you’re prepared for such tests, and can avoid some predictable errors in response, you’ll find that the course of treatment runs smoother.

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