Courage may be the least recognized quality of a good therapist. But many of our finest hours were times when we went out on a limb with an intervention or extended ourselves beyond our comfort zone by, say, challenging a client who we thought might get angry and report us to a supervisor. This workshop will offer new ideas about the importance of courage in everyday therapeutic practice as well as in its most challenging moments. We’ll reflect on our own experiences with taking risks, practice techniques to skillfully navigate tough therapy encounters, and watch in-session videos of working through discomfort to summon up courage. You’ll discover how to:
- Overcome common obstacles to showing courage as a therapist and how to work through them
- Readily access your courage to help your clients by challenging them and gracefully handling times when they challenge you
- Practice strategies for implementing skillful courageous interventions in difficult clinical situations
William Doherty, PhD, is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. Dafna Lender, LCSW, is the program director for the Theraplay Institute.