Basic Counseling Skills Mentorship Course

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.

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