Program Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

The Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA) Training Institute seeks to prepare job seeking or working professional to be effective counselors in a diverse world and profession. Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Consistent with the values of the counseling profession, the NORA Training Institute seeks to infuse multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills throughout a variety of trainings.

 Objectives for Goal #1: 

  1. Become knowledgeable about the substance abuse and mental health counseling profession and ethical practice in counseling
  2. Become knowledgeable about social and cultural diversity
  3. Become knowledgeable about human growth and development
  4. Become knowledgeable about career development
  5. Become knowledgeable about helping relationships, counseling theories and the counseling process from individual and family system perspectives
  6. Become knowledgeable about group work
  7. Become knowledgeable about assessment
  8. Become knowledgeable about research and program evaluation

Competencies Expected for these Objectives:

  1. Proficient knowledge base in each content area with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and CE Broker
  2. Proficiency in the application of content-area knowledge
  3. Proficiency in oral and written communication related to content area knowledge

 Objectives for Goal #2: 

  1. Develop and demonstrate foundational knowledge regarding the provision of substance abuse and mental health treatment services including treatment models, agency operations, and the principles of clinical mental health counseling
  2. Develop and demonstrate skills in addressing issues of diversity and providing advocacy
  3. Develop and demonstrate skills in clinical assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning, and intervention

Competencies Expected for these Objectives: 

  1. Proficiency in developing counseling relationships, performing culturally competent counseling interventions, advocating for clients, and consulting with other professionals and systems
  2. Proficiency in performing intake interviews and mental status examinations, gathering biopsychosocial histories, assessing clinical information, documenting and reporting clinical information
  3. Proficiency in conceptualizing cases, developing treatment plans, applying evidenced-based practices, strategies, and techniques and evaluating treatment outcomes for a variety of mental health issues

Objectives for Goal #3:

  1. Develop and demonstrate intrapersonal awareness and an accurate understanding of the basic motivations of self, including the relationship between personal beliefs, thoughts, feelings, actions, and professional functioning
  2. Develop and demonstrate emotional sensitivity, interpersonal respect, and professional decorum in all professional interactions
  3. Develop and demonstrate openness to personal and professional growth in the professional learning process
  4. Develop and demonstrate ethical responsibility, and the attitudes, demeanor, and maturity necessary to perform the duties of a professional counselor

Competencies Expected for these Objectives: 

  1. Proficiency in understanding and relating to clients in an emotionally sensitive and respectful manner.
  2. Proficiency in behaving in a highly professional, ethical, and mature manner in interactions with clients, colleagues, professionals, and agency staff.
  3. Proficiency in the ability to seek, reflect upon, and respond to supervisory feedback in a manner that enhances personal and professional growth and learning.