Course Description

This interactive workshop explores counselling techniques for treating addiction in an individual counselling setting. The way we think about addiction will impact the way we treat addiction and so we will learn about the ways addiction has been conceptualized over time and consider our own views that shape our treatment approach. Participants will have an opportunity to augment their counselling skills with practice in a variety of techniques using brief solution focused therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy. The focus of this workshop is on the application of theory to the counselling setting and there will be many opportunities for participants to practice skill development.

This workshop will not include detailed information on motivational interviewing, relapse prevention or the Indigenous population, as these topics are covered in other workshops offered in the Addictions Certificate program.

CACCF: 12 continuing education hours.

Learner Outcomes

  • Become aware of personal beliefs of addiction and understand how this has an impact on treatment.
  • Learn what matters in therapy and the importance of tailoring treatment to the individual.
  • Provide an overview of CBT and BSFT and the use of interventions in treating addiction.
  • Practice, practice, practice various counselling techniques.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Kitchener: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Milton: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Counselling Techniques in Addiction Practice Spring 2021
Workshop Remote
Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jun 03, 2021 to Jun 04, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $330.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Jennifer Will, BA, RP

For our 2020/2021 program, all in-person workshops are being live streamed through Zoom. Once the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, these workshops will once again be held in person at our Kitchener location at 120 Duke Street West.

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