Provide relationship counselling

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 CHCFCS002, 'Provide relationship counselling'.
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



Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Assess for safety risks in couple relationships

1.1 Assess for domestic and family violence issues using established screening tools

1.2 Take action to address any issues of safety according to organisation policy and legislative requirements

1.3 Refer individuals to support services to manage issues of safety or risk according to individual needs

1.4 Document issues of concern or potential risk according to policy and relevant legislation

1.5 Assess whether there is a safe enough environment where violence exists to offer couple counselling

1.6 Create safe environment for couples to maximise opportunities within the counselling session

2. Establish professional relationship with each individual

2.1 Engage each individual using appropriate techniques and strategies

2.2 Remain impartial in the professional counselling relationship with couples

2.3 Explore and outline ethical boundaries and expectations of the professional counselling relationship

2.4 Identify and manage problematic issues of the professional relationship with couples

2.5 Take appropriate steps to prevent the development of problematic relationship issues between the counsellor and individuals within the couple

2.6 Monitor and respond appropriately to the physical and emotional reactions of each individual to the counselling process

3. Identify and explore presenting problems

3.1 Encourage individuals to describe the presenting problems and explore their understanding of why the problem exists

3.2 Encourage couples to become aware of and discuss the problem in relation to associated behaviours or situations

3.3 Elicit the couple’s understandings of attempts to previously manage the problem in the past

3.4 Evaluate couple’s perception of their relationship prior to the problem existing

3.5 Reframe problems and recursive interaction

4. Direct the therapeutic process of couples counselling

4.1 Use questioning and counselling techniques effectively to explore couples options, motivations, and commitments for change

4.2 Respond to communication difficulties including overt and covert aggression and hostility between individuals

4.3 Identify strengths of the relationship and encourage individuals to negotiate and develop strategic goals to be achieved in their relationship

4.4 Develop future session plans based on information and evidence obtained from current counselling session

5. Terminate counselling sessions

5.1 Recognise when the counselling is no longer serving the interests or needs of the client

5.2 Discuss with the client/s when counselling no longer appears to serve the clients interest or needs and either re-negotiate professional relationship or terminate the service

5.3 Engage client/s in determining any further external interventions and arrange appropriate referrals

6. Seek feedback from the client/s about the counselling service provided

6.1 Review counselling progress and provision regularly with clients

6.2 Obtain feedback from the clients at the conclusion of the counselling service

6.3 Use feedback strategies to encourage client contribution to improved counselling practice

6.4 Review client feedback and use this to inform practice reflection and improvement as part of supervision