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What new therapy approaches have you recently tried?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for an Addiction Counselor interview

How to Answer

As you probably already know, dealing with addiction is tricky. If you want to help someone, you must be sensitive to their needs and their situation. As a counselor, you need to be motivated to research the latest studies on ways to help addicts and be willing to try new techniques.

Give an example that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the issue. If you have a success story, share it! Be sure to explain the approach and why it has been helpful in treatment.

What new therapy approaches have you recently tried?
Answer example

"Motivational interviewing is a technique I've found extremely helpful with my patients. As they further understand the reasons behind their behaviors, they develop an awareness that triggers a new desire to change their behaviors."

Entry Level

"I'm always happy to learn new approaches. I've been lucky to have senior counselors in my current position to learn from. I can't say what has been and hasn't been successful because what works for one, sometimes doesn't work for others."


"I am open to trying new therapies with a variety of patients, at all times. With that said, my tried and true method is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I find that by creating a pre-meditated strategy to risky situations, it helps to prevent patient relapse."

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What new therapy approaches have you recently tried?
Behavioural, humanistic Getting to know your clients.
I find out what clients are good at and present them with opportunities to make their skill a habit.
I have recently tried the Motivational Interviewing approach to get client's engaged, and willing to share information about their history.
I have been out of the field for 5 years so I don't know what is out there now that was not available then. In my past work I found anger management to be quite useful.
Cognitive behavioral intervention for tics.
During the planning process, I had clients tell me some goals and while we focused on treatment of the disease, I got them in the habit of talking about their goals, both and long term. This helped in the recovery process because it made the client feel like they were working towards something other than sobriety.
Motivational interviewing, I find this very effective with ambivalence, I use a variety of approaches and usually this is tailored to the client.
I work hard at sometimes having to explain why we are doing something we are doing, it does show success as it give the client the opportunity to understand the importance of a task, such as group, educaitonan, etc.
Silence works well with forcing a client to think about hat ever topic is being fiscussed.
I tried collages to work with a patient with obsessive compulsive disorder.
I have recently worked with a client who has mental health issues as well as been a polly drug user with a huge addiction to codeine, she wasn't suitable for group and we decided to use person centred therapy in one to one counselling and she is more stable noe.
Not forcing a client to have discussions with me. I let the client initiate dialogue. It was successful. End result- Client trusted me more.
I have tried to engage patients and using their skills to encourage their finishing the programs. For clients who enjoyed writing I asked them to write a story and they would often tell me about the plot and characters, and the patients who enjoyed drawing, I would encourage them to draw something positive in their life or what they would like to see in the future and they often shared it with me.
I like motivational interviewing.
I have worked with reality talk and cognitive theraopy, I feel that allowing the clt to also address his/ her own behaviors and also be a part of the solution. reflective listening can also work well with ctls that are able to address current siutations.

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