Giving Your Clients Gems Of Wisdom

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As clients learn and grow in therapy there are some playful ways to reinforce their progress. Keep therapy an engaging learning process by offering acknowledgment and rewards when change is visible.

In this video look for:

  • How to keep therapy playful and rewarding
  • What to do after you give a client a handout
  • How to reinforce learning and progress

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Help Clients Know Their Power

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Encourage your clients to practice finding their voice and being a good advocate for their own needs. To build this skill clients must practice. Speaking aloud when alone is a powerful way to have clients practice the skill of self-advocacy.

In this video look for:

  • The five ways to say something
  • The two extremes in communicating
  • The benefits of speaking aloud when alone

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Heart and Mirrors

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A simple heart and mirror can be a great asset when teaching the basics of good communication. Holding the objects helps clients stay in their role of either sender or listener.

In this video look for:

  • Which role is easier when communicating
  • The benefits of this kinesthetic tool
  • For whom is this tool is especially useful

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Mood Chart

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Show your clients some simple means for self-observation, like keeping a mood chart. It’s part of the scientific method, to gather data, experiment with changes and observe the results. Let the client’s vision of where they want to go, or who they want to be, drive therapy. The mood chart is a way to note progress in the intention toward client chosen change.

In this video look for:

  • Other forms of self-observation
  • What propels the work of therapy
  • The importance of starting with a vision

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Self-Encouragement Through The Self Esteem Builder

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Many clients struggle with low self-esteem. They perpetuate the problem by going outside themselves to see if others think they are “good enough”. Give your clients a way to make an assessment for themselves. Teach them to interrupt their day often to ask themselves, “Do I Like It?” This is a form of self-encouragement which builds self-esteem.

In this video look for:

  • Why other-esteem can lower self-esteem
  • How self-encouragement is different from praise
  • Clever ways to help clients evaluate their own behavior

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Self Observation

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Offer your clients direct instruction on the importance of self observation. This is a foundational component to successful therapy. If clients can see themselves they can steer themselves.

In this video look for:

  • The main attitude of the self observer
  • The long term benefits of self observation
  • The three kinds of people

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The Importance of Self Reinforcement In Clients

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Teach your clients the importance of acknowledging and reinforcing their progress and successes. Show them how this is done and encourage them to find a means for self reinforcement that suits their style.

In this video look for:

  • Learn why it’s important to talk about self reinforcement
  • How to teach the difference between recognition of progress and selfishness
  • How self reinforcement helps advance change

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Help Your Client’s Catch Their Critics

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The internal critic can be anything from a pest and a bully. Offer your clients a tool for catching their critic and turning it’s caustic delivery into a more useful message. The Critic Catcher will help you retrain your client’s critic so the underlying concerns and needs of their critic can be heard.

In this video look for:

  • What to do when the critic shows up
  • How to teach manners to a critic
  • The three components of reforming a critic’s message

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Don’t Take Credit For Your Client’s Change

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Encourage your clients to own the credit for the changes they make in therapy. Don’t disempower them by stealing their glory. A good therapist acts as a prism allowing the light to shine through but not owning the power of the light.

In this video look for:

  • What else we can offer clients aside from a compassionate place
  • How to help clients see what’s possible
  • How to remain humble in your work

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Five Finger Communication—Handout Resource

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 This is simple and powerful tool will help you teach clients an effective way to send a message. Put all the important components of a good communication right at your client’s fingertips.

 In this video look for:

  • The components of a sending message
  • Understanding the importance of naming needs
  • What is often the most overlooked part of a communication

To get  your copy of the Five Finger Communication Handout, sign up for the free resources at the top of the sidebar. 

Enjoy!

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