Enhancing Outcomes for Reluctant Clients with Challenging Issues

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This topic includes efficacious strategies and neurolinguistic approaches for mandated clients; low resource and vulnerable high-risk clients and families; co-occurring disorders; client-families with histories of addiction, abuse and neglect; and clients from the spectrum of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The clinical processes includes methods to enhance the therapeutic alliance, foster cooperation, build hope, set goals and improve outcomes.

Articles and Books

Book 1

What is Neurolinguistic Programming, (NLP)?

Grimley, B. (2015). What is Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP?): The development of a grounded theory of NLP within an Action Research Journey. Universidad Central De Nicaragua.

Book 2

Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients

Brodsky, S. (2011). Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients. American Psychological Association: Washington, DC.

Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients: This book discusses how therapists can tailor their sessions for difficult patients who did not enter therapy of their own accord. The author uses case studies to show how successful therapists have gotten mandated clients to open up.

Manuals and Guides

NLP Workbook

NLP Workbook

A practical guide to achieving the results you want. This is a very  detailed workbook describing what neurolinguistics is, how it is useful, and the best way to use the various techniques involved.

Current Top Websites

Using NLP Techniques for Addiction

Using NLP Techniques for Addiction – Do they Work with Clients: A short article that discusses what neuro-linguistic programming is, how to use it and the steps needed to use it effectively with clients who have substance abuse disorders.

Working with Challenging Clients in Psychotherapy

Working with Challenging Clients in Psychotherapy: brief article with 10 steps discussing how to deal with clients that are not ready to make changes in their lives.


The Structure of Magic, Volume I and II” by Richard Bandler

Slide share presentation of the book “The Structure of Magic, Volume I and II” by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. The two researchers who came up with NLP.


Neuro-Linguistic Programming 101


Dynamic, Synergistic NLP


What Does NLP Mean?


News Articles

How We Got Here: A History of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)

This is a summary of “Frogs into Princes – Neuro Linguistic Programming” by Richard Bandler and John Grinder. It describes how therapists can communicate with clients and get successful outcomes.

Nevada Specific Resources

T.R.A.I.N. T.R.A.I.N. Treatment Resources Alliance for Individualized Need

PowerPoint that discusses the special courts and programs in Nevada to help people who go to court for behavioral health reasons.  It also has data discussing the number of people in the programs and costs to the community.

Co-Occurring Disorder Specialty Court

This link is the most current program evaluation report for the Co-Occurring Disorder Specialty Court in Washoe County. It is a PDF file of the report   

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