The course is broken into 7 topics. Resources associated with each topic can be found in the Knowledge Share by following the links below:
Effective Interpersonal Approaches in Counseling
Effective interpersonal skills when working with clients is key and we can cultivate these approaches through knowledge and practice.
Building a Therapeutic Relationship
Relationship building has been found to be of utmost importance in counseling relationships and in cultivating change with people needing substance use treatment and prevention services.
Therapeutic Communication Skills
Therapeutic communication skills are key when working with people in substance use treatment and prevention and can be cultivated through understanding of the skills and practice.
Understanding Stages of Change
The Stages of Change are a Transtheoretical Model – an integrative, biopsychosocial model to conceptualize the process of intentional behavior change which can be used to assist clients in substance use treatment to progress.
Facilitating Treatment Groups
A majority of addiction treatment occurs in group settings so counselors must become adept at facilitating treatment groups and managing client behavior in groups.
Conducting Family Psychoeducation Groups
Family groups can be very challenging but also immensely powerful and effective; special skill sets are required to conduct these groups.
Teaching Skills to Clients
Beyond clinical interventions, sometimes clients need to be taught skills they have not had modelled or taught when growing up. This can include budgeting, communication, and a myriad of others that we can teach in individual and group settings.