We know from recent research that clients exhibit a strong preference for challenge and direction in therapy. We also know they do better in therapy (fewer dropouts and better outcomes) when we match therapy to their preferences. This workshop will consider why clients want more direction and challenge, why therapists and counsellors are sometimes reluctant to provide that, and some practical suggestions to counteract that tendency. The workshop will present a number of concrete examples of challenge in action within sessions, and will conclude that challenge and empathy are two sides of the same coin.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: