Course Description

Hours: 12

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 experiences and views that shape our approach. Participants will have an opportunity to augment their counselling skills with practice in a variety of techniques using brief solution focused therapy (BSFT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The focus of this workshop is on the application of these strategies to the counselling setting while providing many opportunities for participants to practice skill development.

Note: This workshop is designed to be inclusive of all levels of skill and experience in the counselling field and is intended to increase personal awareness while enhancing our approach in working with those with addiction.  

This workshop will not include detailed information on Motivational Interviewing or Relapse Prevention as these topics are covered in other workshops offered in the Addictions Certificate program.

Learning 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 BSFT and CBT and the use of interventions in treating addiction.
  • Practice, practice, practice various counselling techniques.

CACCF: 12 continuing education hours

CCPA -- Pre-approved for 12 CEUs


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

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Remote: 548-889-5128
Online: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This workshop is currently not available. The 2024/2025 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course and workshop dates will be available on July 8, 2024.

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