Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 4

June 4, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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It’s not just what you present to your client — it’s how you present it. By following a few simple rules, you get better results. It’s not a perfect system, by any means. But it should improve outcomes.

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Rehab Soundbyte: Cookie Power

May 10, 2012 by Cecile

Call it a bribe, call it an incentive, call it a clever idea… Giving a reluctant client a reason to comply can help treatment along.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 2

April 28, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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Wasn’t it Archimedes who promised that given a lever long enough and a place to stand, he would move the world? In using leverage, think of credibility as the place you stand.

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Challenge: Motivating a Group of Court-Referred Clients

January 19, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Some members are talkative enough, but others participate minimally and a couple are openly hostile and challenging.

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The Professional as Target: Being Manipulated

January 11, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

As a professional, you have an agenda to fulfill. So too does the addict. His agenda is very different, but he’s even more committed to it.

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Rehab Soundbyte: Vintage Resentment

January 10, 2012 by Cecile

Resentments can damage recovery. And the worst damage is done by the most justified resentments.

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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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Will Spirituality Work for This Counselor?

September 23, 2011 by C. Scott McMillin

I wasn’t trained in how to incorporate material about faith and God into counseling. Most of my graduate school education was on traditional social work practice.

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