ERIC Number: ED435949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Working with Resistant Clients in Career Counseling. ERIC Digest.
Gysbers, Norman C.
This Digest identifies and describes ways that clients' resistance may be exhibited during career counseling. It states that whenever clients are involved in change, client resistance should be expected. Some examples of types of resistance that may be exhibited include fear of counseling, fear of taking responsibility, making excuses, and overt physical behavior. It suggests several counseling strategies that may be helpful with these encounters including working alliances, joining, metaphors, and labeling and reframing. The paper states that these examples point out the significance of the active role counselors need to take in dealing directly with client resistance since, no matter the cause, client resistance impedes progress. (Contains six references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Career Change, Career Counseling, College Students, Counseling Objectives, Counselor Client Relationship, High School Students, Higher Education, Resistance to Change
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.