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, CGP, FAGPA is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor and Head of the Group Psychotherapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. Dr. Leszcz co-chaired the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s Science to Service Task Force, the working group that published AGPA’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Group Psychotherapy in 2007. He has been awarded Fellowship in the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association, and has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards at the University of Toronto. Dr. Leszcz has co-authored with Dr. Irvin Yalom the 5th edition of The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy.

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