12 Core Functions: Individual, Family, & Group Counseling*



COUNSELING: (Individual, Group, Family, and Significant Others):  The utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving objectives through an exploration of a problem and its ramifications, examination of attitudes and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and decision-making.  The global criteria to be discussed are as follows: Select the counseling theory (ies) that apply (ies); Apply techniques(s) to assist the client, group, and/or family in exploring problems and ramifications; Apply techniques(s) to assist the client, group, and/or family in examining the client’s behavior, attitudes, and/or feelings if appropriate in the treatment setting; Individualize counseling in accordance with cultural, gender, & lifestyle differences; Interact with the client in an appropriate therapeutic manner; Elicit solutions and decisions from the client; Implement the treatment plan.


  • Discuss the different types of treatment including 1:1, groups & family for SA clients.
  • Enhance group leader counseling skills to provide effective group treatment.  Help counselors/group leaders become better prepared to manage their groups and their need for resolution of the group dynamic while in a group setting.

Target Audience: Addiction Counselors

Content level: Beginner to intermediate

2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1006
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      12 Core Functions: Individual, Family, & Group Counseling*
    • Lecture.1
      12 Core Functions Session Five: Individual, Family, & Group Counseling*
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      12 Core Functions: Individual, Family, & Group Counseling* 15 questions

Jenny M. Kirwin, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS completed her BA in Psychology and Human Services; Masters of Social Work Degree with a concentration in Alcohol and Drugs from the University of Buffalo, NY. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist; and Certified Clinical Supervisor in NC. Jenny has been working as a consultant and clinical supervisor with almost 20 years in the field of mental health and substance abuse specializing in Co-Occurring Disorders. She began her career in North Carolina with the local Area Authority in Mental Health. Transitioning to the Women’s Program as a lead worker. Substance abuse quickly became her focus while obtaining LCAS and CCS with NCSAPPB. From Private Practice to DWI Programs, her background brings diverse experience to her clinical supervision services.
Jenny has been married for 19 years and has 4 children, 2 dogs, 8 chickens, and a goldfish. She enjoys being outdoors with her family as well as homesteading and staying physically active.