Essential Interviewing and Counseling Skills

This course focuses on the development of interviewing and counseling skills. Topics include:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Diversity
  • Empathy and the Therapeutic Alliance
  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning
  • The Counseling Relationship
  • Promoting Change
  • Endings
  • Varieties of Counseling Situations

The content of this continuing education program is adapted from Essential Interviewing and Counseling Skills: An Integrated Approach to Practice, chapters 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13. Used by permission of Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

This CE course is designated as beginning to intermediate

Note: This course is presented in a PDF format only.

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, case managers, nurses


Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe tools that professionals have for ethical decision-making
  • Identify specific characteristics needed to demonstrate cultural competence
  • Describe the factors that enhance the therapeutic alliance
  • Describe how to use the DSM-5 criteria to arrive at a diagnosis
  • Explain the steps in goal setting and implementing a treatment plan
  • Identify five attributes necessary for the management of countertransference
  • Explain the role of resistance in therapy
  • Describe ideal and premature termination of psychotherapy
  • Develop a policy on how to handle post-termination contact
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Essential Interviewing and Counseling Skills
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Tracy A. Prout, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and has a clinical practice in New York City where she sees children, adolescents, and adults and provides psychological testing. Dr. Prout has a master’s degree in mental health counseling. She has provided training on psychodynamic psychotherapy techniques and integrating spirituality into clinical practice for clinical professionals from many disciplines, including psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and practicing psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. Her research focuses on psychotherapy process within psychodynamic treatment models and the role of religion and spirituality in mental health and recovery. Dr. Prout has published peer-reviewed articles on the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of those with mental illness and the role of spirituality in pedagogy. She is a former fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association at the Ann Freud Centre in London, England and at the Yale University Child Study Center. Dr. Prout is the recipient of the Dennis J. Enright Award for Excellence in Teaching and grant fund from the Pscyoanalysis and the Academy Committee of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Melanie J. Wadkins, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She is on the faculty of the combines School-Clinical Child Psychology program and provides training to doctoral students in evidence-based interventions for youth and cognitive assessment. In addition, Dr. Wadkins is senior psychologist at the Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research in White Plains, New York. She has expertise in psychoeducational assessment and consultation, as well as in treating individuals with anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Wadkins’s research focuses primarily on anxiety and related disorders. Specifically, she is interested in the basic emotion of disgust and its relationship to the maintenance and development of anxiety disorders, as well as the treatment of anxiety. Dr. Wadkins has presented her research at national and international conferences and her work has been published in a range of books and peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wadkins is a faculty delegate of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) on behalf of Ferkauf Graduate School. She is also an active member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) where she serves on the Academic Training Committee.

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA (PA requires that courses be at least 2 credits), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance.

Athealth.com is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee.

NAADAC_logoAthealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460 (Exp. August 1, 2017).

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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