APA Online CE Quiz

No. 88

Title: Obstacles in Therapy: Redefining the Therapeutic Role

1. If a client asks the therapist questions about ?real world? problems like a child?s truancy or an eviction from his or her house, the therapist should:
A) Counsel the client on concrete ways to solve the problems.
B) Offer a ridiculous solution to break the client?s usual, rigid thinking patterns.
C) Advise the client that discussing such concerns is not appropriate in a therapy session.

2. If someone in the client?s life reveals a secret about the client to the therapist, the therapist should:
A) Immediately confront the client with the information and ask probing questions as to why the client would hide the truth.
B) Be proactive and ask specific leading questions until the client will talk about the subject.
C) Address the process rather than the truth, for example, by suggesting that perhaps there is more going on in the client?s life then is being discussed in the therapy room, and that perhaps the client is holding onto some secrets that are too dangerous to discuss.

3. If the client views the therapist as an expert on good living, the therapist should:
A) Assume a one-down position by telling a story in which he or she was unreasonable or judgmental.
B) Assume the one-up position and help the client realize the best ways to solve his or her problems.
C) Assume a one-down position by telling the client about a problem in his or her life and asking for the client?s advice.

4. If a new client becomes distressed or frustrated because the therapist does not act like his or her previous therapist, the current therapist should:
A) Tell the client that he or she must return to the previous therapist.
B) Discuss what the client found helpful in the previous therapy and how the present therapy may or may not help.
C) Proceed with therapy despite the client?s objections knowing that with time the client will see that the current therapy can be just as helpful as the previous therapy.

5. If a client relies on the therapist to ask questions to move their sessions forward, the therapist should:
A) Continue asking questions so that the sessions move forward in a productive manner.
B) Ask ridiculous questions so that the client realizes how silly it is to wait for the therapist to make the next move.
C) Help the client become more curious about him or herself.

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