Introduction to Counseling Skills

presented by Rebecca Hunting Pompon

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Counseling skills are an important and often overlooked aspect of clinical practice for speech language pathologists and other allied health professionals working in a variety of settings. This course, with Rebecca Hunting Pompon, is the first in a three-part series defining the importance of and providing training in counseling skills for allied health professionals. In the first installment of the series, Introduction to Counseling, Dr. Hunting Pompon provides a rationale for the importance of counseling, describes key boundaries for counseling in clinical practice, and explores systems theory and multicultural considerations that are essential to clinicians developing counseling skills in the contemporary healthcare system. Clinical examples, relevant research, and role play scenarios are utilized to introduce counseling skills and their importance.

Build your counseling skills by taking the other courses in this series:

  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Building Counseling Skills: Developing Self-Awareness
  • Building Counseling Skills: Active Listening, Empathy, and Gathering Information

  • Meet Your Instructor

    • Rebecca Hunting Pompon, PhD

      Rebecca Hunting Pompon is a faculty member with the University of Delaware’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She holds an MA. in counseling and a PhD in speech and hearing sciences. Her research explores the impact of chronic stress and other psychosocial factors on post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation. Rebecca trains clinicians in counseling skills and interpersonal communication and facilitates stroke family/caregiver support groups. She enjoys tennis, swimming, movies, and chasing her two children in her free time.

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    Chapters & Learning Objectives

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    1. Course Series Introduction

      1. Course Series Introduction

      Why is it important for speech language pathologists and other allied health professionals to become effective counselors? This chapter provides a rationale for building counseling skills, and explains what counseling means for the allied health professional.

    2. Boundaries in Counseling for Clinicians

      2. Boundaries in Counseling for Clinicians

      While it is essential for allied health professionals to develop strong counseling skills, it is also important to recognize the boundaries of counseling in clinical settings. In this course, Dr. Hunting Pompon will help the participant to differentiate when a counseling issue is inside or outside professional boundaries, and recognize appropriate situations for referral for mental health counseling.

    3. Systems Theory and Multicultural Considerations

      3. Systems Theory and Multicultural Considerations

      The final chapter of this course provides a detailed discussion of the importance of acknowledging and addressing the patient’s family, community, and cultural systems. Strategies for considering culture include the Caregiver Self-Assessment Questionnaire to caregiving family members, a three-step process for working with culturally diverse patients, and integrating the Practical Skills Model for Multicultural Engagement (Alberta & Wood, 2009) into clinical practice.