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date: 13 October 2019

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Social workers are increasingly working with involuntary clients. Since the early 1990s the field has been developing new ideas and skills that are equally useful in working with voluntary and involuntary clients. In the process, worker authority is now less viewed as a way to gain client compliance and more understood as the opportunity to build partnerships with clients that lead to changes that are enduring and more meaningful to clients.

Keywords: authority, client choice, involuntary clients, motivational interviewing, practice guidelines, resistance, solution-focused interviewing

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