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Fri, May 17


Berger Counseling Services

You Can't Make Me! Creatively Managing Anger & Resistance in Therapy

We get it - confrontation, anger and refusal can feel really overwhelming! Come learn how to diffuse anger through play, art and sandtray therapy interventions. Arrive frustrated - leave excited!

You Can't Make Me! Creatively Managing Anger &  Resistance in Therapy
You Can't Make Me! Creatively Managing Anger &  Resistance in Therapy

Time & Location

May 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

Berger Counseling Services, 7522 Wiles Rd Suite B213, Coral Springs, FL 33067, USA

About The Event

Resistant clients are often overwhelming and frustrating to work with.  Our sense of safety, competence and abilities can take a hit while trying to support them through growth and change.  This workshop will focus on building in playful and hands-on interventions to help even the hardest child, tween or teen (and even adults!) dealing with resistance to therapy services.  Participants will learn, practice and create their own unique voice in helping clients become unstuck.  Art, play and sandtray therapy techniques will be shared.  This workshop will build on the foundations of CCPT and directive approaches.  This workshop will provide 6 CONTACT APT CE's (2 CE's Seminal or Historically Significant Theories and 4 CE's Skills & Methods).

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the core issues that frequently cause resistance in children, tweens and teens
  • Define three ways to provide regulation and co-regulation within the session
  • Name the theoretical underpinning from CCPT that decreases resistance 
  • Understand the theoretical basis for CCPT and directive de-escalation and anger management techniques
  • Facilitate anger, resistence and non-compliance through role play activities
  • Incorporate ways to on-board guardians to help with compliance in the session and at home

Location: This workshop will be located at Berger Counseling Services' office in Coral Springs and limited to 15 participants. Your spot will not be guaranteed without completion of registration with payment. This  will be a  LIVE, in-person workshop. Participants must attend the entire presentation and will be awarded  CONTACT CE's upon successful completion of the workshop. Approved by APT for 6 CONTACT CE Hours & Florida  LMHC, LMFT & LCSW CEU's.

CE/CEU's: APT Approved Provider #20-618  & Florida Board of Clinical Social  Work, Marriage and Family Therapy  and Mental Health Counseling  BAP#50-20533

Play therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals


9:00am-10:30am Introduction to resistance & anger

10:30am-10:45am break

10:45am-12:00pm Regulation, Co-Regulation, CCPT & directive approaches

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm Decreasing resistance by incorporating art, play & sandtray therapy techniques

2:30pm-2:45pm break

2:45pm-4:30pm Working with families & guardians

4:30pm Goodbyes

Cancellation Policy: All  cancellations must be requested in writing and received no later than 30 days prior to the workshop to receive a 100% refund. Requests made after will receive 50% refund or transfer to a later workshop.  Substitutions (someone else attending) or transfer of registration to  another training date may be  requested.  All attendees who are not able to attend live will be provided credits for on-demand workshop for 6 NON-CONTACT CE's.

Materials: Handouts will be provided at the start of the workshop.  

Certificates: Registrants who have successfully attended all 6 hours of the workshop will be awarded a certificate within one week of the workshop.  For Florida licensed clinicians, CEU's will be uploaded to CEBroker within one week. 

Complaints: If a participant is dissastified with the quality this workshop, or has any other issue with the course or facilities, please contact us at  A response will be provided within 24 business hours. 

Accessibility: At Berger Counseling Services, we know that participants may require additional ways to access the information to ensure an equitable, ADA compliant program which is allows those with physical, visual or auditory diasabilties to attend without any loss of learning.  To request an accomodation, please contact us at the time of registration to ensure that the accomdations meet your needs.  

Non-discrimination: Berger Counseling Services does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, race, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, organizational membership or other basis prohibited by law. 

About our presenter: Marla Berger, LMHC, ATR, RPT-S™, Eagala Advanced Certified

Marla is a Licensed Mental  Health Counselor, Registered Art  Therapist, Registered Play Therapist -  Supervisor™, EMDR Trained, PATH  Int'l Certified Therapeutic Riding  Instructor, Qualified Supervisor,  Natural Lifemanship Intesive Trained  and an Eagala Advanced  Certified Professional. In other words,  she loves experiential  therapies! Marla founded Berger Counseling  Services in 2009 and has  presented locally and nationally on experiential services, trauma and  bereavement.

Berger Counseling Services

Coral Springs, FL 33067



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