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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 24, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Core Counselling

Core Counselling Skills
April 30, 2014 | 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Instructor: Sue Gallagher, MSW, RSW, Sandy Jardine, MSW, RSW

Do you work in a role where counselling is not your primary focus, but where you are often required to assist, advise or counsel? This workshop is designed for people like you who find themselves assisting clients, students, patients, the public etc. with brief counselling and referral. The focus is on general counselling principles and skills and the integration of these into practice. The workshop will use lecture, role play and case studies as a way of engaging participants in the acquisition of practical skills. Participants can expect to actively participate in this course.

Throughout the day participants will:
become familiar with a variety of individual counselling skills
practice those skills through role play, observation and coaching
gain an understanding about ethical and professional issues involved with the counselling process

Specific aspects of the program include:
principles and ethics of counselling
empathy and assessing needs
contracting and goal settings
solution focused interventions
diversity and cultural issues
crisis intervention
self-care and knowing when to refer

This workshop will be of interest to those working in a variety of human services including healthcare providers, educators, social workers, social service workers, police and law enforcement personnel, residential staff and those considering careers in the helping professions.



"Excellent presentation skills; respectful, friendly approach."

"The presentation duo were amazing."

"I enjoyed all of the examples and advice because I can apply it directly. I also liked the team teaching."

"Great dynamic duo! Really enjoyed the content and presentation!"