Challenging and confronting clients with compassion

Authored by: Sam J. Zizzi , Jessica C. Peacock

Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484633
eBook ISBN: 9780203851043
Adobe ISBN: 9781136966675

10.4324/9780203851043.ch4

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Abstract

From the first three chapters of this book, the importance of building a strong relationship with each client should be evident. Many things can be accomplished with clients once this foundation is built, such as taking the risk of challenging or confronting them on critical issues. Regardless of experience level or theoretical orientation, facilitating strong working alliances with clients and helping them navigate behavior change are two common threads we need to manage in most therapeutic situations. Therapists commonly serve as “agents of change” – so let’s explore how we can become highly skilled facilitators of clients’ behavior change processes by looking at our own self-awareness.

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