Integrating Basic Counseling Skills into Treatment for Nurses and Allied Health

Description: Patients in a medical or rehabilitation setting often experience new and unexpected losses related to their circumstances.  Understandably, this can create significant emotional responses, which may leave those around them feeling unsure of how to respond or provide support.  As nurses and allied health clinicians often work with patients in their most vulnerable moments of their recovery, it is important to feel equipped on how to best respond.  This webinar will focus on how nurses and allied health clinicians can conduct emotional assessments and provide basic counseling to patients and family members without taking away from their clinical goals or creating barriers to their goals in treatment.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify common losses and coping techniques patients family members experience and utilize during a medical and/or rehabilitation encounter.
  • Define and differentiate empathy and sympathy.
  • Recognize and assess suicidal ideation.
  • Incorporate techniques into treatment to address emotional distress in patients without taking away from clinical goals.

Instructor:  Katrina Myhra, MSW, LCSW

Audience:  Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses

Note: You will have 3 months from the date of purchase to complete and review the course material. You will receive a reminder email 2 weeks before the expiration date.

Continuing Education Credits


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CNE is being offered for 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Physical Therapy 

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 02492, This distance learning – independent and interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, OT service delivery/ Professional Issues]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Katrina Myhra
Financial: Receives an honorarium for teaching this course from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

  • Web browser: Latest stable version of Apple Safari, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported.

    Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


    Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Speech Language Pathologists Online Learning