No Bullshit Therapy (NBT) strives toward honesty in working relationships.
It is ideal for clients who:
- Do not like therapy or the idea of therapy (even if they have never had it)
- Have had traumatic experiences but do not trust warm fuzzy 'do-gooders' or 'psychologisers' to help them
- Have had previous unsatisfactory treatment, counselling or therapy
- Are difficult to engage in the process of therapy and who are suspicious of services
- Do not see themselves as a client, are mandated or forced to seek help

This workshop equips participants with an understanding of the philosophy and principles that guide NBT, and presents ideas about how to have difficult conversations and develop authentic relationships with clients, even those who are suspicious of therapy and therapists. Participants are invited to reflect on and challenge their own therapeutic practices, especially around honesty and directness or warmth and care, and to experience and practice NBT skills in a supportive environment.

This event will cover:

  • Describe the philosophy and principles that guide NBT
  • Understand the different clinical approaches required to engage clients who attend services with bad faith as opposed to good faith
  • Identify and apply strategies for developing authentic relationships with a wider range of clients
  • Use NBT tools to help clients have difficult conversations with others
  • Apply a range of skills consistent with NBT to their own work context and clientele


  • Dr Jeff Young — The Bouverie Centre
  • Greg U'Ren — The Bouverie Centre

Eligibility criteria

Professionals who at times struggle to engage 'difficult' clients in effective work or who would like to improve their capacity to have those difficult conversations you know you should have.

Categories: Assessment & intervention, Therapeutic theory & practice
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory, Intermediate
Lifespans: Child, Adolescent, Youth, Adult, Older Persons

Wednesday 14 August 2019
09:30 to 16:30
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