Husa 326 Chemical Dependency Counseling
Essentials of Chemical Dependency Counseling
Gary Lawson, Ann Lawson, and P. Clayton Rivers
Some good points in this book were how to be a good chemical dependency counselor . Different issues that each client has and how each client is treated based on what their needs are. The specifics in chapter 2 about what a counselor can do and what they shouldn't do about ethics were really helpful. Release forms and confidentiality are all important parts of being a good counselor. Chapter 2 also talks about the principles and how they protect both the client and the therapist.
The process that each counselor has to go through
to be a good therapist are very good. Each counselor needs to have knowledge about addiction and understanding of how to treat addicts effectively.
Another key concept was about how to handle clients with different diagnosis's. Some clients are dual diagnosed and counselors need to know how to treat them and should be knowledgeable about medical problems and different resources available to them. Each client is unique and has different issues. All of them need to be addressed and everything needs to come out in the open for effect treatment to work.
In chapter 11 some key concepts were how not to get burned out as a counselor. It talked about what an agency is actually like and what to expect when working in one. One point I found good was how to learn not to get to emotionally involved with the client. It is good to establish a good relationship, but disappointment may happen and being a drug counselor can be very demanding and frustrating.
Harm reduction was another good concept. I think it will help a lot of people if... [continues]
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