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Using a Self-Instructional Empathy Training Approach With Substance Use Counselors
Christina M. Rosen and Geoffrey G. Yager
Initially, the importance of empathy as a therapeutic skill is reviewed. Then, a description of a Cognitive Self-Instructional Model for Empathy (CSIME) approach is given. This approach is applied to the training and supervision of substance abuse counselors. Using CSIME, addictions counselors have access to all of the benefits of empathic communication, primarily in building a strong therapeutic alliance and in helping clients move beyond resistance in counseling.
Keywords: empathy training, substance abuse counselors, therapeutic alliance, cultural understanding