Helping Unhappy Clients Overcome Barriers That Prevent Effective Life Choices

Apr 26, 2018 9:00am ‐ Apr 26, 2018 4:30pm

Description

Cutting-edge tools are the focus of this practical, interactive session that addresses client behaviors that counselors find challenging. Role-play demonstrations show how to implement the advanced use of the WDEP system of reality therapy combined with mindfulness. Multicultural empirical evidence and neuroscience support the use of reality therapy with a wide variety of clients. Participants will gain information about multicultural research studies, as well as specific skills immediately useful on the job.

Choice theory, a motivational system and the reality therapy delivery system (WDEP), are applied to people in a variety of settings and with a wide range of presenting issues. 5 human needs, total behavior (action, cognition, emotions) and perceptual input (worldview) provide the reality therapy foundation. This institute presents advanced and recent developments of the WDEP system and emphasizes the artful rather than mechanistic use of it. The heart of the program is role-playing demonstrations by the leader with clients presented by participants, e.g., victimized, conflicted, powerless, and upset with their feelings of maltreatment due to racism, homophobia, etc. Educational benefits derived from discussion and demonstrations include techniques related to the definition of client wants, description of behavior, the art of self-evaluation and efficacious planning. Summaries of research, much of which is emerging from Korea, and a major recommendation from the Journal of Black Psychology are presented. Other research in schools, drug programs, community agencies such as that conducted in the Du Parc Group Home in Montreal and elsewhere will be summarized.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify 2 recent advancements in choice theory regarding the conceptualization of human needs as motivators.  Counselors will be able to utilize the principles of mindfulness as it applies to the total behavior of clients, i.e., actions, thinking, feelings.
    • List 3 higher-level skills for helping clients self-evaluate their behaviors. These skills are immediately usable by counselors working in counseling settings. Counselors will be able to utilize metaphors and reframing to help clients examine their choices.
    • Analyze recent cutting-edge extensions to the WDEP system of reality therapy and their applications to multicultural counseling and social justice including the LGBT population, as well as the principles of mindfulness.  Counselors will be able to apply the skill of effective planning and teach clients to use it in their relationships
    • Describe skills for helping clients in any counseling setting move from a sense of external control to a sense of internal control, from powerlessness to empowerment.      Counselors will be able to challenge clients in an empathic manner to help them realize they have more internal control than they previously believed.
    • Assess the value of 3 research studies on the efficacy of reality therapy.   Counselors will see in a specific manner that reality therapy is supported by evidence conducted in cross-cultural settings.
    • Apply the Ericksonian principle of utilization in a mental health setting, i.e., using gestures and props available in the counseling office.  Counselors will observe the use of gestures and props and be able to adapt them to their respective counseling practices.

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