Building Alliance with Defensive, Angry Clients: Part 1
by Molyn Leszcz

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A strong therapeutic alliance is key to a successful outcome, regardless of your clinical approach. DIscover the key factors to developing this crucial aspect of therapy with even the most difficult clients.
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More and more, clinicians are recognizing the secret to therapeutic success lies in building a strong alliance. But how do you build that critical bond with a client who is reluctant, defensive or downright hostile?

Watch renowned clinician Molyn Leszcz, MD lay the groundwork for a constructive alliance with Joel, a depressed man who unwillingly sought out therapy only as a means of appeasing his estranged wife. Leszcz demonstrates how using fundamental skills such as eliciting the client’s perspective, exploring expectations in the here and now, and developing a shared understanding will draw out even the most adverse clients. Regardless of your theoretical orientation, mastering these therapeutic elements will establish the basis of successful treatment for your clients. presents Mastery in Minutes

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Length of video: 0:15:47

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-574-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-574-8

Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA. Dr. Molyn Leszcz is Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He served as President of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, from 2020-2022. Dr Leszcz also served as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Sinai Health System, 2006-2017, Vice Chair, Clinical for the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 2010-2017, and Chair (Interim) the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, 2014-15. Dr. Leszcz’s academic and clinical work has focused on improving integration in psychiatric care and broadening the application of the psychotherapies within psychiatry. Dr. Leszcz has worked extensively in the areas of physician wellness and leadership, along with the effects of pandemic stress on health care providers. He co-authored with Irvin Yalom, the 5th and 6th (2020) editions of the Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. A co-authored book in the Psychotherapy Essentials to Go series, Achieving Psychotherapy Effectiveness, was published in 2015. Dr. Leszcz was awarded the Anne Alonso Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychodynamic Group Therapy and also was awarded Distinguished Fellowship in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Leszcz has been the recipient of a number of education and teaching awards at the University of Toronto.

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