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Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients

Stanley L. Brodsky, PhD

CE Credit: 6 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | School Psychology CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract

Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients is a 6-hour test only continuing education (CE) course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source.

This CE test is based on the book "Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients" (2010, 233 pages). In this book, Brodsky examines the difficulties faced by therapists who work with involuntary clients including those who come to therapy through the judicial system. He addresses the challenges faced when working with reluctant clients including problem employees and teenagers or spouses persuaded to enter therapy. By looking at theory and research, Brodsky begins the process of considering alternatives to asking questions. He then identifies interventions and techniques that use assertive statements instead of asking questions to better address patient issues. Brodsky ends by exploring ways to work with client hostility, scorn and avoidance using case-studies as examples.

Closeout Course #60-98 | 42 posttest questions

This course will be permanently retired on July 31, 2017.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the four forms of leverage designed to improve client adherence to mental health treatment
2. Name the six forms of therapist reluctance
3. List the five alternatives to asking questions
4. Identify eight ways in which self-awareness can be mobilized
5. List the five clusters of anger narrative as defined by Andrews and McMullan (2000)
6. Define the six levels of client anger and hostility

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635).


This test-only course provides instant access to the CE test that enables you to earn CE credit for reading a published course book (book NOT included in your course enrollment). After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to Download/Print or Take CE Test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course book).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Stanley L. Brodsky, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama, where he coordinates the psychology-law PhD concentration. His work specializes in the application of psychological knowledge to offenders, law, and legal issues. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Psychology & Law Award of the American Psychology-Law Society.


Dr. Brodsky is an author for the American Psychological Association and receives royalties on sales of his book.
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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