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  • Social Work
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Denise B. Ebersole, PhD, LPC, NCC, NCSC
Peer Reviewer(s): Pamela N. Harris, PhD, NCC, ACS
Item#: B4253
Contents: 1 Course Book (94 pages)

Effective Counseling Techniques for Adolescents

Price $39.95
Item # B4253
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: August 21, 2017

Expiration Date: August 21, 2020

One out of five children and adolescents is diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year in the United States. Early identification, diagnosis, and intervention for mental health concerns can help alleviate symptoms and assist adolescents to achieve the best possible outcomes. Whether connecting with adolescents comes easily or it is a skill acquired after years of practice, clinicians need to support adolescents through the provision the most effective therapies. This intermediate-level course begins with a review of adolescent development and describes key influences and stressors during adolescence.  

Research has proven the effectiveness of many different types of counseling for adolescents; however, because research on specific interventions is ever changing, many mental health clinicians and related service providers may not possess relevant and recent knowledge regarding therapies proven to be effective with adolescents.  Effectively counseling adolescents may require a clinician to use interventions drawn primarily from one type of therapy, or it may be appropriate for a counselor to use interventions from a few different therapies depending on what could be the most useful and effective for the client. After examining the best practices with adolescents, this course offers specific information on solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), reality therapy, and Adlerian counseling. Overviews of each theory and details of accompanying interventions and appropriate applications are provided.  Case examples illustrate how each type of therapy can be applied to hypothetical scenarios. This course focuses on school settings, however the information provided can be applied in various settings. 

  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 5 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #52 Course #1863 from 05/03/2018 to 05/03/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 5.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize theoretical views and key issues related to the adolescent stage of development.
  • Describe best practices for counseling adolescents.
  • Differentiate solution-focused brief therapy and reality therapy as approaches to counseling adolescents.
  • Explain the major concepts and clinical strategies of Adlerian counseling.
  • Describe ways to improve counseling effectiveness.


Denise Ebersole, PhD, LPC, NCC, NCSC, is an experienced school counselor, independent educational consultant, and adjunct instructor for two graduate counseling programs. Denise earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, an M.Ed. in School Counseling from Millersville University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Bloomsburg University. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Nationally Certified School Counselor (NCSC) and holds certifications in elementary school counseling (K-6), in secondary school counseling (7-12), and as a supervisor of school guidance services (K-12) in the state of Pennsylvania. Previous professional positions have included serving as a school counseling department coordinator (K-12), high school counselor, and middle school counselor. Denise has contributed content related to counseling adolescents to several textbooks, including Values and Ethics in Counseling: Real-Life Ethical Decision Making by Heller Levitt and Hartwig Moorhead, Counseling AdolescentsCompetently by Underwood and Dailey, and Applying Techniques to Common Encounters in School Counseling: A Case-Based Approach by Byrd and Erford.


Pamela N. Harris, PhD, NCC, ACS, received a master’s degree in Counseling from Old Dominion University and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the College of William and Mary. She worked as a middle school counselor for 7 years, during which time she implemented character education and bullying-prevention programs. Additionally, she provided family counseling services for adolescents and their families and served as codirector of a student assistance program that assisted high school students with substance abuse and other mental health concerns. Currently, Dr. Harris is an assistant professor in the Counseling and Educational Development Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she teaches and supervises graduate students in the school counseling track. In her free time, Dr. Harris also writes young adult and middle-grade fiction.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.