Helping Memory-Impaired Clients

March 8, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Rapid severe weight loss combined with heavy drinking is a formula for lasting difficulties.

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Lessons Learned?

February 23, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

We want to make sure the alcoholic person learns the right lesson from experience.

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Gaining Compliance

January 15, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

With ‘coerced’ clients, it’s easy to fall into a little game with the client striving to appear in compliance while covertly doing whatever he wants.

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Setting Boundaries: Understanding Your Client’s Agenda

January 14, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

An agenda refers to the client’s underlying plan or program. Not just what he hopes to accomplish, but the things he’s determined not to do.

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Setting Boundaries: The Initial Meeting

January 13, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

For some clients, particularly those with problems with rules and authority, their experience with boundaries is probably as important as anything that happens in counseling.

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Why Addicted People Manipulate

January 12, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Takes a while to become really good at it, but most do. Addicts are not always great manipulators — that would be somebody so skilled you never realized you were being manipulated — but they’re bold, persistent, and creative when it comes to getting what they want

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Establishing Credibility

January 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

For some reason, the clients paid little attention to his advice. Most of the time, they treated him like a visitor from Mars.

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Counseling Skills Toolkit

January 8, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Maybe you’ll find an idea or two that you can put to use doing what you do best: Getting the suffering alcoholic or drug addict safely through that doorway to lifetime recovery.

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Can I Keep My Patients From Giving Up?

December 3, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

My outpatients get discouraged very easily. They may actually be doing pretty well for somebody new to recovery, but they don’t seem to realize it.

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Are Recovering Counselors Better?

October 10, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

I recall one professor airily informing his class that recovering counselors had an ‘agenda’.

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