2017 Education Series – Resistance into Strength

WHAT: 2017 Education Series – Resistance into Strength
WHEN: September 6, 2017, Two sessions 9AM – 12PM and 1PM – 4PM
WHERE: ARCH of Cumberland Heights
WHO: Thom Rutledge, LCSW

This workshop will focus on how to use a patient's resistance to treatment as a window into the patient’s world and motivation for positive change.This workshop will focus on how to use a patient’s resistance to treatment as a window into the patient’s world and motivation for positive change. Using his characteristic and humorous style, Thom Rutledge, LCSW, well-known author and addiction counseling expert, will assist counselors to create clinical scenarios and opportunities to help patients see the various “actors” within them.

While these “actors” attempt to help and protect our patients, some of these characters may need a “makeover” so that they can work to help patients achieve long lasting recovery. Counselors may even meet a few of their own “inner actors” and learn how to use those as well. Come prepared to have fun.


Learning Objectives:

  1. The counselor will explain the steps of how to create a safe scenario in which patients can meet their “inner actors.”
  2. The counselor will see demonstrations of several common “characters” such as The Addict, The Recovering Self, The Bully, The Story Teller, and more, and experiment with working with these “characters.”
  3. The counselor will discuss how this method of working allows the counselor to align with the patient to address ambivalence rather than becoming the target of the patient’s resistance.

Three CE Contact Hours will be available.


Thom Rutledge, LCSW, holds a BA in Psychology/English from Austin College and MSSW in Social Work from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Social Work in Nashville, TN. He has been in private Psychotherapy practice since 1986, and is a frequently sought after speaker, author and trainer.

Cumberland Heights is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities: NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program (No. 84491) and State of Tennessee Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (Endorsement#0813042).

Cumberland Heights is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) (No. 6127) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Cumberland Heights Foundation, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program. Daily participants’ hours reflect actual hours in attendance.

NBCC and NAADAC approval is limited to the sponsoring organization and does not necessarily reflect endorsements of individual offerings.

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