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BT16 Short Course 20 - Listening for Change Talk and In-Control Talk: The Significance of Throw Away Patient Comments - Robert Wubbolding, EdD

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Robert Wubbolding, EdD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 08, 2016
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Clients or patients often unintentionally present hints indicating current in-control behaviors or a desire for change. Practitioners listen carefully responding to these “throw away comments” and emphasize their significance even though the patient was hardly aware that the statement contains a wealth of meaning and provides a foundation for change.

Educational Objectives:

  1. List 2 ways to respond to clients’ “throw away comments” and help them see their significance.
  2. Identify 3 ways to respond to the “space between the words” in assisting clients to identify, clarify + evaluate the appropriateness + attainability of their wants/goals.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Robert Wubbolding is an internationally known teacher, author and practitioner of Reality Therapy, having taught Choice Theory and Reality Therapy in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia including thirteen countries. Dr. Wubbolding has become synonymous with a branch of psychotherapy called Reality Therapy. His books, presentations and courses served to advance this therapeutic application and brought him personal and professional distinction of international scope. His contributions to the theory and practice include the ideas of "Positive Symptoms," "The Cycle of Counseling," and "5 Levels of Commitment."