Building Blocks of Motivation

November 21, 2013 by C. Scott McMillin

Even when the patient has concluded that continued substance use is no longer the best option, he or she still harbors a number of important doubts about the ability to change.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 4

June 4, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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It’s not just what you present to your client — it’s how you present it. By following a few simple rules, you get better results. It’s not a perfect system, by any means. But it should improve outcomes.

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My Counselors are Being Manipulated!

March 31, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Counselors and therapists are — and I’m generalizing shamelessly here, so forgive me — warm, empathetic, even sympathetic by nature.

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Why Addicted People Manipulate

January 12, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Takes a while to become really good at it, but most do. Addicts are not always great manipulators — that would be somebody so skilled you never realized you were being manipulated — but they’re bold, persistent, and creative when it comes to getting what they want

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The Professional as Target: Being Manipulated

January 11, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

As a professional, you have an agenda to fulfill. So too does the addict. His agenda is very different, but he’s even more committed to it.

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