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Resistance by clients involved in psychotherapeutic treatment is a common occurrence and poses problems throughout the therapy process. Resistance displayed by families in therapy is a more complicated problem because of the nature of the family system, the many forms resistance may take, the diverse causes and effects of resistance in family therapy and the lack of agreement between professionals about how to resolve resistance. The specific problem this paper addresses is "What techniques can therapists employ to work through displays of resistance by families in therapy?" The purpose of the present research is to outline the development of the family therapy field, explore the issues surrounding resistance in family therapy, and delineate the techniques and interventions available in the literature for family therapists to utilize when a family is resistant to change.

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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William Kline


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