Boundaries: Training Your Clients in Assertiveness Skills
The function of much of therapy is to put clients firmly in charge of their own lives – but if they can’t be assertive, their lives are not truly their own. Assertiveness training is one of the core components of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and related therapies, but its implementation is rarely taught in clinical programs. This structured interactive course is designed to fill that gap. Based in part on the ideas in the presenter’s own category-leading guide (The Assertiveness Workbook), the course provides clinicians with the concepts and tools to provide assertive communication skills training to clients one-to-one, whether as an intervention in itself or as part of a broader treatment plan. Tips for adapting the training to a structured interactive group format are also provided, with clear session-by-session breakdowns for 8-, 10-, and 12-session groups. The course is founded on the key principle underlying all assertive behavior: Assertiveness is about controlling our own actions, not the actions of others. By changing our own steps in the dance of communication, we can change the interaction.
The course presents the four basic communication styles (assertive, passive, aggressive, and passive-aggressive) plus a fifth (the passive-to-aggressive alternator), and the motives and underlying beliefs driving them. We examine the barriers preventing our clients – and ourselves – from using the assertive style, including stress-related arousal, relationship history, control dynamics, and unexamined sabotaging beliefs. Specific, action-oriented strategies to overcome each of these challenges are provided. We examine the elements of assertive nonverbal behavior, and the in-session and take-home exercises clients can do to rehearse a new method of self-presentation. Participants will receive specific tips and strategies for dealing with the primary boundary-challenging situations: expressing one’s opinion, giving and receiving feedback, saying no, making requests, and dealing with conflict situations. Throughout, participants are invited to perform experiments and exercises in their own lives as a way to more fully embrace the material and see how to apply it in clinical settings. Participants receive a complete set of presentation slides, plus exercise sheets they can reproduce for use with their own clients as in-session and homework exercises.
This training is worth 8 CE credit hours if attended live. While we can only provide CE to those who are present – i.e. logged in – for all live sessions, Praxis webinars are recorded for later viewing. Registrants may access these recordings at any time for up to nine months from the conclusion of the training to which they pertain.
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Session 1 | September 7, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
- Indications and Contradictions
- Training Strategies for Individual Therapy
Session 2 | September 14, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
- Stress-related Barriers
- The Assertive Mindset
Session 3 | September 21, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
- Giving and Receiving Positive Feedback
- Giving Corrective Feedback
Session 4 | September 28, 2022, 1 PM—3 PM EDT
- Making Requests
- Coping with Confrontation
Participants will be able to:
- Identify the four basic communication styles in action – and teach this recognition to clients.
- Discuss ways to explore with clients the barriers (personal and interactional) that prevent them from using assertiveness skills more effectively.
- Name the eight types of interaction
- Identify ways to train clients in the skills involved in assertive communication in eight types of interaction
- Discuss how to use specific experiential training skills in session with clients, including modeling, rehearsal, role reversal, and shaping.
Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and is approved for 8 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:
Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 8 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Nursing: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this activity for a maximum of 8 ANCC contact hours.
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