Brief Focused Counseling Skills – Strategies from Leading Frameworks (2 day)

This workshop is designed to move beyond general counseling skills and offer increased capacity and confidence to those wanting to expand their existing knowledge base and current skill set. Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of Cognitive Behavioral, Strengths Based, Narrative and Solution-Focused frameworks. Practical strategies and techniques of each of these leading theoretical frameworks will be explored and be accompanied with experiential opportunities to assess and understand their application within a counseling context.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

Day 1
  • History of Counseling Frameworks
  • Value and Purpose of Theory
  • The Eclectic Approach
  • Current Knowledge and Preferences
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Distortions
  • Strengths Based Therapy (SBT)
  • How Who We Are Affects How We Help
  • Direct Practice Bias
  • Helper Boundaries
  • Client Boundaries
Day 2
  • Narrative Therapy (NT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • The Assessment Process
  • Helping Clients Understand
  • Risks and Roadblocks: The Art of Helping
  • Is the Plan Working?
  • Moving Forward and Building Confidence

Method of Delivery

Lecture, video, personal reflection, demonstration of skills, skill development and small group discussion.

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers, social workers and anyone wanting to gain increased capacity in counseling skills.