Cadigan, J. M., Martens, M. P., Arterberry, B. J., Smith, A. E., & Murphy, J. G. (2013). Examining a curvilinear model of readiness to change and alcohol consumption. Addiction Research & Theory , 21 (6), 507–515. Topic 7 DQ 2 What are some indicators that a client is not ready to change? What are some techniques you can use to overcome client resistance? Some indicators which show that a client is not ready to change is when they use avoidant behavior. “Avoidance behaviours are explained in the rational emotive behaviour (REB) approach as being a consequence of rigid irrational beliefs and demands, with particular focus on beliefs pertaining to perfectionism, low frustration tolerance and low self-acceptance” (Ellam-Dyson & Palmer, 2011). One technique to overcome this resistance is to help the client feel more empowered. This can be done by “suggest(ing) that it is important to avoid setting goals that are primarily focused on boosting one’s self- esteem, but instead to focus on goals that contribute to others’ successes” (Ellam-Dyson & Palmer, 2011). Another technique to overcome this is to set learning goals instead of self-validation goals. For instance, setting obtainable yet challenging goals that empower the client but that may not get much attention from others. Ellam-Dyson, V., & Palmer, S. (2011). Leadership Coaching? No thanks, I’m not worthy. Coaching Psychologist , 7 (2), 108–117. Retrieved from ? direct=true&db=s3h&AN=67466724&site=ehost-live&scope=site
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