NZAC has developed ten competence areas for NZAC Counsellors:

Areas of Competence of Members - Awareness, Knowledge, Skills and Application

  1. Conceptual foundation e.g., theories of human development, cultural concepts, personality, mental unwellness, psychological distress, process of change, therapeutic models
  2. Self-awareness and self-examination
  3. Relationship – building and maintaining a therapeutic alliance
  4. Collaborative goal setting/ negotiating contracts with the intention to achieve improved well-being
  5. Puawananga kaitiakitanga; [formerley known as Cultural supervision].
  6. Areas of specialist knowledge, experience and practice which may include other cultures.
  7. Facilitation of change - interventions
  8. Evaluation of client progress and outcomes
  9. Ethical principles and practice
  10. Other forms of Professional Practice e.g., supervision, group facilitation, training, teaching, management, research, service development, course design



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