Transforming Counseling Skills from Good to Great (Advanced: Clinical: Professionalism, Research to Practice, SUD/MH)

Counselors are often trained in theory and practice through school and continuing education. However, there can often be anxiety about what to say, after we say “hello”.  This session will examine the counselor’s role as the instrument of change, engagement, and transformation through the therapy process. By practicing these skills, we can improve our confidence, client engagement, and successful outcomes.  Implications will be drawn for effective supervision to facilitate counselor growth. Session will balance didactic review of research base and experiential techniques to facilitate learning.

Training Objectives

  • Participants will be able to identify the role of counselor presence in the therapy relationship.
  • Participants will be able to describe the role of assessment and change in the treatment process.
  • Participants will be able to discuss steps of change and intervention selection through the termination stage and beyond


Ken Martz, PsyD, MBA

Kenneth J. Martz, Psy.D. MBA. is a licensed psychologist. He has worked in treatment and management of addiction (including gambling) for the past 25 years across settings including outpatient, residential and hospital settings. He was formerly the Special Assistant to the Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Martz has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology.  He has authored a dozen publications, including the international bestseller Manage my Emotions.  He has over 100 local, national and international presentations in the addictions treatment field.