Foundational Skills

Objectives
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate ways counselors convey interest, warmth, respect, and positive regard.
2. Practice active listening skills.
3. Demonstrate the ability to establish therapeutic relationships using methods and skills utilizing foundational counseling skills.
4. Demonstrate professional behavior, effective communication, and appropriate boundaries during interactions.

Unit 1 Study
Readings
Use your Clinical Interviewing text to complete the following:
• Review Chapter 2, “Foundations and Preparations,” pages 21–29. In this excerpt from Chapter 2, you will begin to explore the nature of a professional relationship with a counselor.
• Review Chapter 3, “Basic Attending, Listening, and Action Skills,” pages 59–94. Chapter 3 will review nonverbal communication, basic listening, and action skills.
• Review Chapter 4, “Directives: Questions and Action Skills,” pages 97–133. Chapter 4 reviews the types of questions that can be incorporated into client interviews and discusses additional action skills.
• Review Chapter 5, “Theoretically-Supported and Evidence-Based Relationships in Clinical Interviewing,” pages 135–166.

1 page needed with two references.
For this discussion, after reading the Person- Centered Therapy (PCT), you were required to demonstrate the three foundational counseling skills that you will employ throughout your career as an addiction counselor: The ability to ask effective open-ended questions, the ability to establish a therapeutic relationship with a client through means other than asking questions, and the ability to demonstrate effective packaging skills. Which of the three activities did you find most challenging, and why was it the most challenging for you?
• What activity did you enjoy the most, and what made it the most enjoyable?
• What skills do you need to work on to improve your foundational counseling skills?