A Toolkit for Teaching Communication Skills in Social Work

Document Type



Spring 2021


This toolkit includes five videos demonstrating basic communication skills and a teaching guide for instructors. The videos are a series of short vignettes of counselling sessions between a social worker and a client. Four of the videos target one or two basic communication skills so students can learn the skills in manageable segments. The fifth video demonstrates how a counsellor would amalgamate all the skills in a counselling session. The teaching guide provides transcripts, discussion questions and exercises/role plays that instructors can use in both face-to-face and online teaching. We have also included a student guide for giving peer feedback that can assist students in the development of their communication skills.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

Sponsoring Institution/ Retrieved from Organization

The University of British Columbia

OER Category

OpenTouro Adopted

This OER at Touro

Tanupreet Suri, Case Conceptualization, Documentation and Practicum (MNHN 702)