Human Services Network of Colorado

Effective Communication Skills for Providers and Counselors - Parts 1 & 2

  • 06/08/2020
  • 06/16/2020
  • 4 sessions
  • 06/08/2020, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • 06/09/2020, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • 06/15/2020, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • 06/16/2020, 10:00 AM 3:00 PM (MDT)
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 94



It is important to ALL communicator to have a foundation of solid communication skills, problem solving skills and self-awareness of their own communication styles and agendas. Introspection is essential to effectively communicate with purpose, assistance and productivity.  This Two Part Zoom Series of Effective Communications for providing services and counseling, is appropriate for all service providers, counselors and supervisors. All workshops will consist of two 2-hour sessions, separated by a one-hour lunch break. 

PART ONE offers foundational concepts important to understanding yourself as well as those to who you are trying to communicate with. We will consider varied communication skills with an understanding of the importance of introspection, cultural awareness, trauma informed perspectives, boundaries, ethics, self-care and a basic theoretical frame for strength based effective communications. If you wish to register for Part 1 only, please click HERE.

PART TWO offers a further zero-in on the clinical aspects of communications typically used in a counseling role. Service providers who already practice counseling, and those considering a counseling career path, understand the concept and importance of foundational communication and counseling skills. When communication skills are applied with awareness and consideration they play a vital role in helping and healing. Those who are already practicing as therapist or counselors often find it very beneficial to revisit foundational concepts and skills to refresh and evaluate their own communication habits.

Part 1: Improved Communication

Zoom format on June 8 & 9

10 am to 3pm both days (Totals 8 hrs. of CEU)

Objectives upon completion:

  • Ability to name and recognize the valued traits of strength based communicators
  • Understand the foundational concepts of effective communications
  • Understand how patterns and habits are created and influence perspectives throughout life
  • Recognize the opportunities and importance of self-monitoring your own communication skills
  • Understand how to interrupt ineffective communication habits and patterns
  • Understand how to strengthen effective communication patterns
  • Explore the hazards and benefits of problem solving and decision making communications

Part 2: Improved Counseling Skills

Zoom format on June 15 & 16

10 am to 3pm both days (totals of part 1 and 2 = 16 hrs. of CEU)

Objectives upon completion:

  • Identify your own traits as an effective counselor
  • Recognize commonalities in theoretical concepts for counseling communications
  • Navigating core dissonance with a trauma informed perspective
  • Recognize and link foundational skills, consistent with evidence based practices
  • Consider varied skills to provide insight for larger habits and patterns
  • Recognize clinical hazards and benefits in supporting decision making
  • Navigate treatment plan building and updates with more ease, using these concepts

Presenter: Tracy L. Hutchinson, LPC, MAC

Tracy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), and Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC III). She has been working in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for the past 40 years. Currently, through her Counseling and Consulting private practice, Tracy is an approved OBH trainer for Colorado Addictions Counselor (CAC) courses. She is a facilitator of professional growth and development for team building. Additionally, she creates and facilitates experiential/expressive personal growth retreats. Tracy is the author, narrator and co-producer of Levels Meditation.

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