This qualification applies to workers employed in roles that provide non-therapeutic supports, interventions, information and referral and education and skills training to individuals, couples, and to families. The role is primarily that of education and skills development including affective, cognitive and psychomotor learning outcomes.
The life skills programs delivered by these workers are designed to help people learn how to enhance their relationships with intimate partners, spouses, parents, children, siblings, colleagues or friends. Specific client groups can be men, women, parents, couples, children, young people and families. Clients may face specific issues such as separation and mental health, alcohol and other drugs issues. Programs deal with issues across the life cycle.
Client groups are highly diverse, especially in relation to cultural backgrounds and family structures. A broad understanding of family and family arrangements is fundamental to this work.
Workers at this level may be delivering existing programs but are also able to develop new programs including developing and delivering community education and community development programs. The role is not a counselling one. Workers at this level require effective communication skills, conflict management, and program development, delivery and review. They may also require skills for more complex group facilitation and psycho-education. Additionally they may require a greater depth of skills and knowledge to work with specific client groups.
This qualification may also be appropriate for workers who have a responsibility for managing the delivery of relationship education services. These workers would need to undertake appropriate management units from the identified management electives.
These services are being provided in a number of different ways by a wide range of service providers within the health, human services and education sectors. Workers in these roles may work with limited supervision and utilise elements of counselling/dispute resolution skills and knowledge incidentally when working with families. However, primary functions do not involve clinical or therapeutic higher level knowledge or skills application.
Occupational titles for these workers may include:
Coordinator relationship education services
Family support worker
Marriage and family educator
Men's service officer
Family relationships support worker
20 units of competency are required for award of this qualification, including:
12 core units
8 elective units
2 electives from Groups A and B as listed below:
1 unit MUST be selected from Group A Management electives
1 unit MUST be selected from Group B Community work, group work and psycho-education electives
A wide range of additional elective units is available, including:
Group C elective which is recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
Other relevant electives listed below
Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages
Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on the NTIS or other public listing
NOTE: Candidates seeking a pathway to the Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Counselling OR Vocational Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution are encouraged to confirm pre-requisite unit requirements when selecting electives
CHCCD402A Develop and provide community education projects
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCFAM406B Engage and resource clients to improve their interpersonal relationships
The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice
All workers undertaking work in relationship education need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.
Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules.
Group A - Management electives
At least ONEmanagement electiveMUST be selected from the following four electives considered particularly relevant to managing the delivery of relationship education services:
CHCCD404D Develop and implement community programs
CHCCS503A Develop, implement and review services and programs to meet client needs
Group C elective - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice
Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
Other relevant electives
The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify certain electives as required to address workplace needs.
CHCYTH403B Support young people to create opportunities in their lives
CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families
To gain entry into CHC51908 Diploma of Relationship Education it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
The application of a relevant technical and other skills.
Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries