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Basic Counseling Skills Short Course

Virtual Short Courses

Based on the new NASPA publication, Basic Counselig Skills for Higher Education Professionals, this short course is a primer on the fundamental critical topic of mental health and how to support students on your campus and beyond. Tailored for non-clinical professionals, the program will focus on the hands-on skills needed for empathic listening and effective referral-making.

Topics include anxiety and depression, sexual assault and violence, well-being and burnout, current trends in student mental health, making referrals, student support, and more. 

Registration includes access to all course content, as well as the full e-book, Basic Counseling Skills for Higher Education Professionals and access to presentations, case studies and resourcesCourse registrants will also benefit from five opportunities to engage with the faculty and each other in live sessions that go into specific case studies and resources available. 

** Space is limited--registration is limited to 60 registrants. 

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Course Schedule

During the duration of the course, participants can expect to spend approximately 5.5 hours in live sessions with the instructor and classmates, and approximately 10 hours complete asycronous work including chapter reading, discussions, and assessments.  (The schedule presented here is subject to changes.)
 Live Session Dates and Times
  • Wednesday, July 19, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, July 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday August 9, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET (Note: This last live session is two hours in length given the panel of presidents.)
Prior to, and between these real-time, live sessions, participants will access other course content (e.g., videos, readings, and scenarios) at their convenience via the NASPA Online Learning Community


NASPA individual members and Voting Delegates have access to member pricing for all NASPA events. If you are not a NASPA individual member, please visit our membership section to learn more about membership types and benefits. In many cases, an annual NASPA membership plus the event member registration fee are still less than the event non-member registration fee. We hope you’ll consider joining today!

Registration for this course includes access to all short course content and a downloadable copy of Basic Counseling Skills for Higher Education Professionals e-book. The e-book will be available as part of the course in NASPA's online learning community.

Registration Fees
  Early-Bird (by May 31, 2023) Regular (after May 31, 2023)
NASPA Individual Member $459 $500
NASPA Individual Non-Member $559 $600