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Ambivalence and emotions - Dan SHORT - ENH2-EN2M9 - 2023/24

600,00 €



Web training module 2023/24
(in English with consecutive translation in French)

Ambivalence and Emotions

"When two or more ideas are competing"


 Clinical Psychologist, Expert in Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis, Current Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Phoenix

This two-session module allows the participant to move beyond Freudian concepts of resistance and to understand in a more dynamic and productive way why clients sometimes say they want help but then refuse to cooperate with the therapist or implement inappropriately proposed therapeutic solutions, which has the effect of sabotaging the result.


The concept of ambivalence is commonly used to describe conscious conflict, when a person is simultaneously motivated to approach something and to avoid it. In the therapeutic context, we are dealing with a more insidious form of ambivalence – when conflict pits conscious and unconscious goals and attitudes against one another. As the opposite half of the conflict escapes awareness, the client does not feel the tension and does not recognize the existence of a problem. Students will learn to recognize and deal with this set of difficult dynamics so as not to undermine the therapeutic alliance by using counterproductive arguments. During this training, participants will have the opportunity to practice individually and in groups. Demonstrations will also be offered by the trainer.

These online courses will be given in English with consecutive oral translation into French.

Objective of the module

  • Identify productive means like the "double bind" and the "paradoxical suggestion" for an appropriate response to subconscious ambivalence.
  • Demonstrate how seemingly negative behaviors can be used to strengthen the therapeutic alliance.
  • Observe to compare attempts at control to prospects for growth to problem solving to optimize the patient's chances of change.

Module program

• Session 1: Wednesday 06/03/2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Ambivalence and emotions - S1 - Dan Short - Translator: Hannah BENSOUSSAN - ENH2-EN2M9 - 2023/24
• Session 2: Wednesday 05/22/2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Ambivalence and emotions - S2 - Dan Short - Translator: Hannah BENSOUSSAN - ENH2-EN2M9 - 2023/24

Skills acquired at the end of the training (pedagogical objectives)

  • Recognize projected ambivalence and avoid conflict by moving to paradoxical responses.
  • Use strategic communication techniques (as described in motivational interviewing).
  • Employ the double bind technique to catalyze a growth-oriented work process.

Target audience and prerequisites

  • Any student or professional in the field of accompaniment and helping relationship


Dan SHORT : Clinical psychologist. Expert in Ericksonian psychotherapy and clinical hypnosis. Executive Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Phoenix. He has years of experience in diverse settings such as Domestic Violence Agency, University Counseling Center and in the school sector with the Department of Special Education.

Modality, means and teaching aids

Interactive and experiential approach

  • Individual work, in pairs and sub-groups during and outside the sessions
  • Excerpts from intervention sessions or complete sessions 
  • Group facilitation method (LS/Wooclap)
  • Analysis and sharing of experiences

Evaluation and monitoring methods

Obtaining the certificate for this module requires: 

  • to have passed 75% of the homework to be done outside of class (MCQ, videos, homework, collaborative work, etc.) 
  • to have attended at least 75% of the course sessions 

Assessment of student satisfaction

At the end of the training, a satisfaction questionnaire will be completed by each participant so that they can assess the relevance of the content of the training with regard to their professional practice and the achievement of their objectives.

--> 95% of our students are satisfied with their training  = number of students who gave a score greater than or equal to 7 out of 10 (0: "not at all satisfied"; 10: "completely satisfied")


  • Special rate : €600 including VAT
  • Lact student rate for the year : €420 including tax
  • Company/agreement rate : €690 including tax