FETC COUNSELLING: ID 49256 (137 CREDITS)

PURPOSE OF THIS PROGRAMME:

The purpose of the Level 4 FETC in Counselling Qualification is to provide a qualification to meet the needs of prospective counselling practitioners in a variety of counselling contexts. It aims to develop practitioners who know their scope of practice, behave ethically in a counselling context, conform to minimum standards, know when to refer clients and understand the psychological consequences for clients if counsellors are inadequately trained or overstep their scope of practice. It is a generic qualification intended for community or workplace-based counsellors who work in structured and supervised environments including private and Government Institutions, Schools, Non-Governmental Organisations (including Faith Based, Community Based and Not-for-Profit Organisations), the South African Police Service, Counselling Call Centres, Hospitals, Clinics and Support Agencies, Sports Centres, Education and Training facilities, Health and Emergency services and facilities.

In this Qualification, "Scope of Practice" refers to the boundaries within which the counsellor operates without referral as defined by own work context.

The Qualification is intended to meet the needs of a wide variety of work roles including social auxiliary workers, traditional healers, trauma counsellors, HIV/AIDS counsellors, career counsellors and health and wellness practitioners.

 

TARGET GROUPS FOR THIS QUALIFICATION:

Social auxiliary workers, Traditional healers, Trauma counsellors, HIV/AIDS counsellors, Career counsellors, HR Managers, Supervisors, Team leaders, Managers and Health and Wellness practitioners.

 

FOCUS:

People who achieve this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply problem-solving techniques to make a decision or solve a problem in a real life context;
  • Identify causes of stress and techniques to manage it in the workplace;
  • Apply established strategies and procedures to deal with risk behaviour and promote personal wellbeing;
  • Apply knowledge of interpersonal relationships to enhance the effectiveness of the counselling process;
  • Counsel an individual in a structured environment;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of an individual's rights in a specific helping context;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical and legal aspects relating to counselling;
  • Facilitate a group counselling process;
  • Promote health and wellness in a selected context;
  • Screen a client to determine needs;
  • Apply knowledge of HIV/AIDS to a specific business sector and a workplace;
  • Apply knowledge of self and own situation to manage risks resulting from change in the workplace;
  • Describe how to manage anxiety and depression in the workplace;
  • Describe how to manage reactions arising from a traumatic event;
  • Describe how to manage risks associated with abuse in the workplace;
  • Describe how to manage substance abuse and addiction in the workplace;
  • Describe how to manage workplace relationships;
  • Describe how to support employees who are affected by a dread disease;
  • Explain how to manage diversity in the workplace;
  • Explain the manager's role in identifying and referring vulnerable or at risk employees;
  • Investigate the challenges associated with the reasonable accommodation of people with disability in the workplace;
  • Contribute to information distribution regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace;
  • Develop a strategy to manage compromised employee wellbeing;
  • Explain the impact of organisational wellness on a business environment and indicate a strategy for a business unit;
  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication;
  • Interpret and use information from texts;
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes;
  • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts;
  • Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life-related problems;
  • Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts;
  • Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts;
  • Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts;
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes;
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues;
  • Write/present/sign within a wide range of contexts

 

RATIONALE:

We live in an ever-changing and challenging environment where changes and pressure inevitably lead to stress build-up. This can be diffused if addressed in time. Since we spend more time at work, our colleagues may spot early 'stress symptoms' first and may alert qualified people in the workplace who have the necessary tools to assist before stress gets out of hand.

 

SCOPE:

The scope of Counselling covers four clusters:

  • Employee Wellness
  • HIV/Aids
  • Community Assistance
  • Faith Based lay counselling 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 

It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.

 

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING:

The structure of this unit standard based qualification considers the recognition of prior learning. Learner and Assessor will jointly decide on methods to determine prior learning and competence in knowledge, skills, values and attitudes implicit in the qualification and the associated unit standards. Recognition of prior learning will be done by means of an integrated assessment.

  • The recognition of prior learning may allow for:
  • Accelerated access to further learning at this or higher levels of the NQF
  • Gaining of credits for unit standards in this qualification 
  • Obtaining this qualification in whole or in part

All recognition of prior learning is subject to quality assurance by the relevant ETQA or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA.

 

PERIOD OF REGISTRATION:

The complete Certificate programme will take a minimum of 1 year to complete. On expiry of the minimum year for registration, a re-registration fee will be applicable on a yearly basis. Extension beyond the maximum time requires a written motivation from the candidate supported by the sponsor where appropriate.

 

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW & DETAILS: 

For the full curriculum overview, please click on the following link http://allqs.saqa.org.za/showQualification.php?id=49256

The Certificate is organised in 4 clusters for specialisation purposes with a combination of learning outcomes and will provide qualifying learners with applied competencies and a basis for further learning.

In order to obtain the full qualification, the candidate must complete all the unit standards from the Fundamental and Core components and choose 31 credits from the elective component.

In this qualification the credits are allocated as follows:

Fundamental: 56 Credits
Core: 50 credits
Elective: 31 Credits
Total: 137 credits

 

CLUSTER 1: EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE CLUSTER

PURPOSE OF THIS CLUSTER: This cluster focuses on support to employees in different areas of need. The person completing this cluster will be able to assist and guide an employee with different needs.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy Level 3.

NUMBER OF DAYS IN TRAINING: This depends on number of units of learning units chosen by the candidate, according to his/her specific preferences.

OUTCOMES: Candidates completing this cluster will be able to:

  1. Apply interpersonal skills to counsel a client within own scope of practice;
  2. Apply knowledge of counselling skills and techniques within own scope of practice;
  3. Apply knowledge of health and wellness in a counselling context

 

CLUSTER 2: COMMUNITY BASED CLUSTER

PURPOSE OF THIS CLUSTER: This cluster focuses on support and guidance in a community environment.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy Level 3.

NUMBER OF DAYS IN TRAINING: This depends on number of learning units the candidate chooses, according to his/her specific preferences.

OUTCOMES: Candidates completing this cluster will be able to:

  1. Apply interpersonal skills to counsel a client within own scope of practice;
  2. Apply knowledge of counselling skills and techniques within own scope of practice;
  3. Apply knowledge of health and wellness in a counselling context

 

CLUSTER 3: HIV PEER EDUCATOR CLUSTER

PURPOSE OF THIS CLUSTER: This cluster focuses on support to employees affected with HIV/Aids.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy Level 3.

NUMBER OF DAYS IN TRAINING: This depends on number of learning units the candidate chooses, according to his/her specific preferences.

OUTCOMES: Candidates completing this cluster will be able to:

  1. Apply interpersonal skills to counsel a client within own scope of practice;
  2. Apply knowledge of counselling skills and techniques within own scope of practice;
  3. Apply knowledge of health and wellness in a counselling context

 

CLUSTER 4: FAITH BASED SUPPORT CLUSTER

PURPOSE OF THIS CLUSTER: This cluster focuses on faith based support to people.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates should be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy Level 3.

NUMBER OF DAYS IN TRAINING: This depends on number of learning units the candidate chooses, according to his/her specific preferences.

OUTCOMES: Candidates completing this cluster will be able to:

  1. Apply interpersonal skills to counsel a client within own scope of practice;
  2. Apply knowledge of counselling skills and techniques within own scope of practice;
  3. Apply knowledge of health and wellness in a counselling context