Due to limited resources and time, brief counseling interventions that are effective and efficient are becoming more in demand. 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 counseling frameworks. Practical strategies and techniques from each of these frameworks will be explored, accompanied with experiential opportunities to assess and understand their application within a counseling context.

Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • History of Counseling Frameworks
  • The Value and Purpose of Theory
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Strengths-Based Therapy (SBT)
  • Narrative Therapy (NT)
  • The Assessment Process
  • Helping Clients Understand the Process
  • Considerations Around Single Session Counseling
  • How Who You Are Affects How You Help

Target Audience

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

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the key components of leading counseling frameworks
  • Apply different strategies and skills in different helping roles
  • Understand how personal beliefs affect being a helper
  • Utilize questions and activities to help clients identify and meet goals