Appreciating Resistance

What's In It For Me

In this workshop, participants will learn to appreciate and manage resistance in working with clients in a family service center context. Examples will be provided specific to working with parents and adolescents during first session, and engaging adolescents who do not want to talk to you but are mandated to attend sessions with you.

Demonstration interviews and/or video recordings will be used to highlight principles for dealing with resistance. Participants will be introduced to the idea of goal creating language and techniques and how to manage “I Don’t Know” responses.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is suitable for Social Workers, Counselors and Youth Workers working in a family service center setting and/or managing YouthGo!, GP, ESU or youth-mandated cases. Anyone who works with youths in other settings will also benefit from this training. 

Course Duration

3 full days, 9.30am - 5.30pm

Total Training Duration (Hour)

21 hours

Course Outline


  • Where it comes from: Understanding resistance
  • When it is needed: Misunderstood
  • How it is maintained: Common errors therapists make that create and foster resistance
  • What could we do about it: Language

Course Objectives

Participants will be introduced to the ideas of where resistance is coming from, how it is maintained and what could we do about it. 

Medium of Instruction & Trainer

Chan Earng Han holds a Master of Social Science (Counselling) from Edith Cowan University (Australia) and a Master in Counselling from Sioux Falls Seminary (United States of America).

He is a well sought-after Trainer cum Counsellor. His passion in working with youth led him to attain his Graduate Diploma in Youth Work from Edith Cowan University (Australia).

He currently specialises in counselling young people and families who have committed petty crimes, struggled with sexuality and mental health issues including having suicidal thoughts & intent.

Earng Han is also trained in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and he utilises Systemic lens in conceptualising problems faced by individuals and families.

Course Fee Payable
Original Fee Before GST With GST (9%)
Course Fee $900.00 $981.00
Corporate Pricing (Fee payable to Training Provider)
Non-SME Before GST With GST (9%)
NCSS PCG 45% funding (SC/PRs) $495.00 $539.55
SME Before GST With GST (9%)
NCSS PCG 45% funding (SC/PRs) $495.00 $539.55

Early Bird Fee: S$ 800 (before GST) (register & pay by 16 Jul 2024 which is 6 weeks before course start date)

* Discount will be reflected during payment checkout / billing invoice

NCSS member agencies staff and qualified volunteers are eligible to apply for PCG/VCF Funding.

PCG (formerly VCF) pre-approved funding at 45% per pax for Singaporean/PR staff

& 25% for EP/ WP/ SP staff

End date of approval: 7 Mar 2025

Please note that prices are subject to change.
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