Live Virtual Workshops


The Essential Skills

October 23, 2024 - October 24, 2024
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM CDT )
$529.00 (regular rate)
$489.00 (*early rate)
Location: Online Virtual
*early rate expires 10/02/2024
Continuing Education
Credit Hours (CEC)


Counselling - Live Virtual - October 23-24, 2024; 9am-4pm Central Time

Early rate expires 10/02/2024

Quantity: 1 $ 489.00
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In order to be effective at helping others, there are key understandings and skills that are essential to providing helpful support. This introductory workshop is designed for those who are new to a helping role, or those wishing to enhance their general helping skills. Participants will learn about the process of counselling and how to use a problem-solving model to work with clients to identify issues, and implement plans to address areas of concern. Using experiential exercises, participants will work through tools, worksheets, activities, and scenarios that will help them enhance their helping skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • List steps in a counseling process
  • Apply communication and listening skills in a helping role
  • Describe how personal beliefs affect being a helper
  • Utilize questions and activities to help clients identify goals
  • Apply a problem-solving model of intervention to situations

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, experiential practice, personal reflection, delivered electronically.

*Please allow only the registered individual(s) to view the materials.

Some of the Topics Included

  • Key Aspects of a Working Therapeutic Alliance
  • Qualities of a Counsellor
  • Common Missteps in Counselling
  • Essential Counselling Communication Skills
  • The Counselling Process
  • How to Identify Needs and Goals
  • Finding Strengths and Resources
  • Identifying Realistic Goals
  • Considerations Around Ethics and Boundaries
  • Caring for the Caregiver

Target Audience

This is an introductory level workshop intended for social service and health care workers, social workers, support workers, guidance counsellors, and anyone looking to enhance their helping skills.

Terms & Conditions

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

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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