Defiant, aggressive adolescents are among the most difficultand challenging of all psychotherapy clients. This article presents anumber of techniques and strategies for working with this population, along with several case examples illustrating their proper use. Thetechniques are intended to supplement existing approaches and focus onmotivating apathetic clients and directly addressing anger and violentimpulses. A few of the techniques mentioned are therapeutic “buttonpushing,” disengaging the motor controls, addressing the hurt, externalizing, and resurrectingempathy. Strategies are aimed toward managing countertransference andstrengthening the therapeutic relationship.