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Alcohol & drug problems: A practical guide for counsellors 

Counselling people with alcohol and other drug problems is often challenging, and can be intensely rewarding.  To be effective in helping clients, counsellors need to be skilled in their approach and technique, and to understand unique client needs.

Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Practical Guide for Counsellors covers a broad range of counselling issues and provides practical guidance on meeting the needs of a diverse client population.  Written for both new and experienced counsellors, this fully revised and expanded third edition draws on up-to-date research findings, clinical experience and case studies.

Topics include:

  • theories of addiction, legal and ethical issues, and harm reduction
  • motivational interviewing techniques, assessment and treatment planning, mutual aid groups, relapse prevention and working with mandated clients
  • treating substance use concurrently with other problems, including trauma and eating disorders
  • the needs of various client populations, including youth, women, older adults, Aboriginal people, and people with diverse sexual orientation or gender identity
  • treatment for problem gambling, smoking and much more.

This valuable guide prepares counsellors to help their clients address the harmful, sometimes devastating, effects of substance use problems.

Excerpts from Alcohol and Drug Problems: A Practical Guide For Counsellors are available by following the links below:

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