Explanation of expectations and limitations of the role of the behavioral health professional on a counseling team. Exposure to the variety of modes of work available to the behavioral health professional, the ethical obligations and responsibilities of working with clients under professional supervision. Prerequisites: None.
Development of communication skills important in establishing and maintaining effective helping relationships. Emphasis on rapport building, effective listening skills, appropriate feedback and the helping process.
Values, perceptions, attitudes, behaviors emphasizing intercultural communication patterns. Techniques for establishing rapport and interaction methodologies in a multicultural context. Competencies, strategies, and treatment modalities necessary for the paraprofessional working successfully with the multicultural clients.
Introduction to trauma in children and adults and its impact on human development, mental health, personality, and overall wellness. Overview of major screening tools for assessing and the major treatment modalities available for treating trauma.
Exploration of topics relative to the development of helping professionals involved with perpetrators and individuals directly affected by traumatic or continuous physical or emotional violence and abuse. Prerequisites: None.
Define and clarify the role of advocacy in relation to multiple systems affecting children and their families. Emphasis on identifying appropriate systems, community resources, wrap around theory and navigation skills in a variety of children's systems to facilitate family support and needs.