The Art of Active Listening

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Presenter: Allison Ewing-Elias, LCSW
This is a course where participants will learn the skills involved in effective active listening, and how to apply them both professionally and personally, including when supervising students, assistants, and others. The key aspects of active listening will be identified and described with examples. The application of these principles will be taught and participants will gain insight into what works when using active listening as well as what does not and/or common missteps that can occur. This course will be particularly helpful for professionals working with clients who engage in resistant behaviors.

Following the course, participants will be able to:
1. Name the goals of active listening
2. List the five key aspects of active listening 
3. Describe the importance of centering oneself in active listening
4. Give examples of reflective responses
5. Understand the concept of validation and how to apply it

About Allison: Allison Ewing, L.C.S.W., the founder of Inspired Life Tapping, is an EFT practitioner as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 19 years of experience in mental health. Allison spent many years providing mental health treatment to individuals, families and groups, primarily working with clients who had histories of extensive trauma and/or mental illness. In more recent years, Allison has worked primarily in an administrative and training capacity. She provided training and consultation to many social service and residential treatment facilities in Illinois and has been asked to lecture at workshops and conferences all across the country. Her current passion is for using mind/body techniques to accelerate clients’ emotional healing. Presently, Allison sees individual clients and she teaches workshops on various topics in her areas of expertise including Emotional Freedom Technique, mindfulness, meditation, trauma response, self-harm prevention and crisis deescalation/conflict resolution skills.
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Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)

Course Timeline:

15 min: Introduction: What is active listening & the goals

10 min: Intention

10 min: Centering oneself

10 min: Discovering the unspoken

5 min: Holding a non-judgmental stance

45 min: Reflecting feelings and validating

15 min: Additional skills in active listening

10 min: Putting it all together and final tips

Disclosure Statement for Allison Ewing-Elias:

Financial: Allison Ewing-Elias is a presenter for and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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