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Introduction to Professional Practice Skills

Course Code AMHW-101
Lecture hours per week 2
Lab hours per week 2
Course Availability: Open

In this course, students will examine and begin to apply models of practice and accompanying addiction and mental health work practice skills, including effective communication and beginning interviewing skills. Specific attention will focus on the skills of empathic listening, paraphrasing, perception-checking, questioning and affirming. Students will engage in critical self-reflection regarding interpersonal processes/styles, to build awareness and appreciation of how power differentials, internalized oppression, standpoint, and social location influence communication. Mindful communication practices will be emphasized with a focus on fostering anti-oppressive, non-violent and collaborative communication in professional practice. An interactive, applied learning environment will enhance students’ skills in conflict competence, social inclusion and positive use of self.