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Engaging Resistant Clients

Level: Advanced Practice-Lineworker

Credits: 6

Intended Audience: Experienced child welfare services personnel working directly with clients or staff transitioning from one child welfare position to another.

Intended Objectives:

  • Provide the worker with familiarity of common resistance patterns exhibited by families involved in the Child Welfare System.
  • Increase knowledge of effective interventions to engage resistant clients in completing case plan objectives.

Topics Include:

  • Resistance as an adaptive coping mechanism
  • Resistance patterns
  • Stages of change & behavior
  • Fears associated with change
  • Main dynamics involved in resistance
  • Cultural considerations
  • Effect on kids
  • Worker’s reaction
  • Case Planning
  • Case Management utilizing strength based approach

CalSWEC Competencies Addressed:

3.07 Worker assesses family dynamics, including interactions and relationships, roles, power, communication patterns, functional and dysfunctional behaviors and other family processes.

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