Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver CHCDFV505C, 'Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Establish confidence

1.1 Use appropriate interpersonal skills to establish a professional relationship with clients based on confidence and support

1.2 Conduct interviews and interactions with clients in a safe environment and in a participatory and confidential manner

1.3 In all interactions with clients demonstrate sensitivity to cultural, family and individual differences and any specific needs

1.4 Explain and promote rights and responsibilities of client, their family and worker throughout client contact

1.5 Mutually determine appropriate structures, timeframes and protocols

1.6 In all work with clients, apply organisation standards and procedures and comply with legislative and statutory requirements

2. Explore issues

2.1 Use appropriate questioning to encourage clients to explore and acknowledge their fears, concerns and personal capabilities

2.2 Encourage those who use violence to take personal responsibility for their actions

2.3 Use facilitation skills to encourage exploration of emotions and experiences that will assist in reflection of issues

2.4 Analyse and respond to any indications of risk or threats to safety according to the degree and nature of the risk to client, their family and/or worker

2.5 Explore appropriate range of services and resources to meet needs of client and their family in accordance with organisation standards and procedures

2.6 Provide accurate and relevant information designed to develop awareness and understanding of domestic violence

2.7 Encourage client self determination through using opportunities which assist clients to identify issues, set personal goals and make informed choices to enhance the safety of the client and their family

2.8 Encourage clients to recognise decisions and changes needed to assist them to achieve their goals

2.9 Acknowledge progress and encourage and support self management of issues

3. Identify possible future directions

3.1 Identify future services and support required by the client and plan their delivery in consultation with client, their family and other appropriate people

3.2 Jointly identify client information needs and agreed and implement actions to satisfy these as appropriate

3.3 Provide opportunities for client and their family to obtain information and develop skills in accordance with organisation standards and procedures

3.4 Use appropriate questioning and reflection to assist the client to make positive choices and changes as necessary

3.5 Maintain records of participation and progress according to organisation standards and procedures

Qualifications and Skillsets

CHCDFV505C appears in the following qualifications:

  • CHC51208 - Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention
  • CHC51408 - Diploma of Youth Work
  • CHC50608 - Diploma of Community Services Work
  • CHC50208 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and other drugs)
  • CHC51708 - Diploma of Counselling
  • CHC80208 - Vocational Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling
  • CHC50108 - Diploma of Disability
  • CHC50308 - Diploma of Community Services (Mental health)
  • HLT52207 - Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health (Community Care)