Effective Counseling Techniques for Adolescents - C6501


About Course #C6501

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. 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.

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.

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.

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