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Counselling Skills Level 2 - Certificate Program (On Campus)

Room 3111 Mona Campbell Building, 1459 LeMarchant St., Halifax

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | July 11 - 15, 2016

About the Presenters

Jill Ceccolini, MSW, RSW is a social worker, educator and therapist utilizing a collaborative, strengths-based approach in her clinical practice and in her work as a supervisor and trainer. She is a full time clinician, working with individuals, couples and families, at the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic and in her private practice. Jill is a co-director of Halifax Brief Therapy Centre, a private training and supervision consultation service. Since 1996, Jill has been teaching various levels of counselling skills at Dalhousie University, through the School of Social Work degree programs and through the Continuing Education Program.

Debbie Van Horne, MSW, RSW has worked as a social worker for over fifteen years in both clinical mental health and non-profit community-based programs. She currently works as a family therapist in private practice and for the Canadian Forces Health Service Centre Atlantic. She has also worked as an educator on group facilitation, mediation and counselling. In her commitment to addressing the health needs of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual, Intersex community, Debbie works on an advisory council of Pride Heath, a program co-sponsored by Capital Health and IWK. Further, her areas of expertise include couple therapy, family violence and working with youth. Her work is primarily influenced by collaborative strength-based approaches to therapy such as narrative and solution-focused therapy.

Program Summary

Counselling Skills Level 2 is designed to build on the counselling skills obtained in Counselling Skills Level 1. Mini lectures, discussions, reflective exercises, skill-building activities, role play, and case studies will be used as methods to guide participants in their learning. Since this is an experiential class, active participation will be invited during the program.

Jill and Debbie are amazing. They are both wonderful in delivering the content -- making everyone feel comfortable and valued. Level 2 has been a pleasure to complete. Thank you. ~ course participant, 2015


  • To introduce participants to counselling tools and techniques to enhance assessment
  • To provide participants with the opportunity to practice intervention tools and techniques
  • To assist participants in exploring their use of self within the counselling relationship
  • To assist participants in articulating their own philosophy and approach to counselling


An adult education learning approach will be used in the delivery of this program. As such, participants will assist in shaping the content and direction of the program. Since the course is intended to be an experiential program, the methodology will include activities to engage participation. Each day will simulate a group counselling environment and will utilize tools such as opening exercises, rounds, focusing, and ending exercises. Participants will be invited to practice counselling skills in the form of role plays and other exercises.

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants. 30 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Regular registration (paid after May 30, 2016)  $735
Registration will remain open until the course is full.  

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