Individual Counseling Skills

COM HLT X 470.7

Introduction to the theories and vital skills needed when counseling individuals with substance use disorders. Skills include: motivational interviewing, screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT).


What you can learn.

  • Describe the impact of the therapeutic relationship between counselor and client
  • Practice motivational interviewing skills including: empathy, open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries
  • Demonstrate skills in screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment (SBIRT)

About this course:

This course introduces the application of individual counseling skills when working with people with substance use disorders. Topics include an introduction to the therapeutic relationship between client and counselor; professional ethics; role and responsibility of the counselor; major theories of individual counseling with a focus on evidence-based practices; introduction to and practice with Motivational Interviewing; and introduction to and practice with Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT; four-hour training to meet DHHS requirement).
Completion of COM HLT X 470.5 Introduction to Counseling and the 12 Core Functions.

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This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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