Live Virtual Workshops

Mental Health Counselling Skills Certificate Program

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July 08, 2024 - July 26, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CDT )
$3,250.00 (regular rate) + tax
Location: Online Virtual
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Certificate Program in Mental Health Counselling Skills - Live Virtual - July 8-12 and 22-26, 2024; 9am-4pm Central Time *note the break July 15-19

Quantity: 1 $ 3,250.00
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*This program meets July 8-12 and 22-26. Please note that we will not meet July 15-19.

Counsellors working with anxiety, depression, and addictions may find themselves at a loss as to where to begin, since these difficulties are often interrelated. Along with these difficulties, there can also be challenges and barriers in facilitating change. This program offers an understanding of these mental health issues, the change process, and strategies for overcoming roadblocks in therapy. Participants will learn skills for brief focused counselling, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing, all of which are effective tools for working with complex mental health concerns.


Certificate Program Workshops

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, experiential practice, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Some of the Topics Included

  • Key Aspects of the Helping Relationship
  • Assessment and the Counselling Process
  • Working With Anxiety
  • Anxiety Reduction Strategies
  • The Impact of Stigma
  • Effective Strategies for Depression Recovery
  • Getting to Know the Person Outside the Problem
  • An Integrated Approach to Addictions and Mental Health
  • Readiness for Change
  • Safety and Harm Reduction
  • Motivational Interviewing Principles and Skills
  • Approaching Ambivalence and Resistance
  • Building Self-Awareness Around the Impacts of Trauma Work
  • Strategies for Building Empathic Resilience

Target Audience

This is an introductory to intermediate level program intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, support workers, and anyone wanting to gain increased capacity in mental health counselling skills.

Terms & Conditions

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This is a live virtual event, please check your system requirements prior to registering.

Trainer: Tom Walker


Tom has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of mental health and addictions within the social service sector and in private practice. His background includes working in front line, management and senior leadership roles. In addition to training with CTRI, Tom is a Human Factors Specialist with Ornge where he provides trauma support and therapeutic interventions for paramedics and staff. His responsibilities with Ornge also include therapeutic interventions, debriefing staff and the development and implementation of a peer support program. Tom believes that real change happens through relationship, authenticity and empowerment. He is a gifted facilitator who integrates real world experiences into practical examples in the workshops he facilitates. Read blogs written by Tom here.

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Trainer: Monica Bhatara


Monica has over 25 years of experience working in the community-based social services field as a Therapist and Community Educator. She is a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist, and Focusing-Oriented Therapist. Monica has worked both in clinical settings for various programs and served in a leadership role as Director of Clinical Practice, providing her expertise to clinical and non-clinical programs that focus on family preservation and reunification, complex intergenerational trauma, trauma-informed practice, and clinical supervision. In addition to training with CTRI, she has a private counselling practice where she incorporates somatic work, play and expressive therapies, and interpersonal neurobiology in her work with children, youth, and adults. Monica believes in the power of human resiliency and the importance of building the capacity of paraprofessionals and non-clinical workers because they play a vital role on the therapy spectrum. As a trainer, she brings stimulating stories and a style that promotes engagement and facilitates learning.

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