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Using (Magic) Words to Influence Challenging Parents . . . With Cultural Commentary


Apr 28, 2018 10:30am ‐ Apr 28, 2018 12:00pm


Credits: None available.

Description

Freud once wrote, “Words were originally magic.” When working with challenging parents, it is good for counselors to know a few magic words. In this Session attendees will learn how to use their words (and thoughts) to connect with and influence parents. The presenters will review, demonstrate and discuss 10 influence strategies. Each strategy will be examined for cross-cultural goodness-of-fit. Attendees will leave with greater confidence in their ability to reach and influence challenging parents.

Challenging parents are defined as parents who are either defensive or resistant, or who have been mandated to counseling. 

This educational session has four primary theoretical foundations: 

  1. Person-centered theory
  2. Constructive theory
  3. Choice theory
  4. Cognitive-behavioral theory

These four theories are blended together to form an approach that emphasizes relational connection, collaborative problem formulation, and collaborative problem-solving

The educational content includes coverage of three relational attitudes and seven linguistically sophisticated methods for influencing parents. 

The three relational attitudes are: 

  1. Internal linguistic reformulation. 
  2. Empathic resonance. 
  3. Embracing radical acceptance during which counselors prepare to meet provocative or hostile parent verbalizations with acceptance and validation. 

The seven methods for influencing parents include: 

  1. Reframing. 
  2. The best explanation. 
  3. Coming alongside. 
  4. Directing and not directing. 
  5. Mutual problem-solving. 
  6. Character feedback. 
  7. The “seven magic words”.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will be able to describe three attitudes they need to hold to connect with challenging parents, as well as seven technical strategies for influencing parents.
    • Participants will articulate the cross-cultural validity of using specific counselor attitudes and techniques with parents.
    • Participants will gain confidence in their attitude and ability for working effectively with challenging parents.

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