People who are currently employed in helping professions may not see themselves as counselors, yet they frequently serve in this role. In this course, you will learn how client-directed counseling can be effectively blended into a variety of fields where behavioral change is needed. You will reflect on a listening experience and articulate the benefits of client-directed counseling. With a colleague, or friend, you will practice the effective use of silence in a counseling setting. You will also practice interpreting clients' nonverbal cues. You will create a plan to integrate self-management into your sessions, and finally, you will outline research-based principles and techniques to use in your practice. At the end of this course, you will be positioned to use research-based techniques to create rapport, build trust, elicit useful information from clients, and enhance their effectiveness, along with the success of the groups you serve.
Key Course Takeaways
Apply principles from formal theories to wellness counseling
Identify the benefits of client-directed counseling
Interpret non-verbal cues from both client and self
Practice various techniques of wellness counseling
Identify techniques for self management during a counseling session
Lecturer for the College of Human Ecology Faculty Fellow, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures Director of the Cornell University Wellness Program, 2000-2018
Beth McKinney is a Lecturer in the College of Human Ecology and former Director of the Cornell University Wellness Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences and her master’s degree in health education. Beth’s expertise in coaching and counseling spans over 20 years and includes life coaching, nutrition counseling, wellness counseling, and behavior change. Beth also teaches counseling skills and behavior change techniques to Cornell undergraduates. Beth is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Certified Intrinsic Coach®. With previous experience in both clinical and community nutrition, Beth specializes in both nutrition education and behavior change.