Theme 2: Assessment

A. Qualified counsellor, advanced qualified counsellor and psychotherapist B. Advanced qualified counsellor  C. Psychotherapist
 2.1. Ability to collaborate with supervisor and (or) other professionals to decide if a client or patient is suitable for therapy  2.1.a. Ability to undertake a competent clinical assessment that is consistent with own therapeutic approach   2.1.b. Ability to assess and formulate when working with chronic and enduring mental health conditions
2.2. Ability to form a general idea of the client or patient’s problems and suitability, in terms of their capability to think about themselves psychologically, and their motivation for therapy     
2.3. Ability to assess client or patient suitability for online therapy    
2.4. Ability to draw upon knowledge of common mental health problems and their presentation during assessment and throughout therapy  2.4.a. Ability to critically appraise the nature of ‘psychopathological’ and ‘normal’ functioning and distinguish between them, during assessment and throughout therapy  2.4.b. Ability to understand medical diagnosis of mental disorders and the impact of psychotropic medication during assessment and throughout therapy  
2.5. Ability to collaboratively manage the process of referral with the client or patient and (or) other professionals during assessment and throughout therapy  2.5.a. Ability to recognise more significant mental health symptoms and difficulties, and know when and how to refer on   
2.6. Ability to work within own scope of practice and professional limitations and make referrals where appropriate    
2.7. Ability to make risk assessments regarding client's or patient’s and others’ safety, and comply with safeguarding guidance, appropriate to the practice setting  2.7.a. Ability to devise and use a comprehensive risk assessment strategy   
2.8. Ability to assess imminent and ongoing suicidal risk and other self-harming behaviours and recognise when to refer on and (or) signpost client or patient to other sources of help and support    
2.9. Ability to contain clients or patients when in crisis by providing information about self-care strategies and making clear arrangements for future meetings or contact     
2.10. Ability to demonstrate awareness of the risks for both parties specific to the online environment 2.10.a. Ability to identify, formulate and respond to the interpersonal risks that are specific to working online as they impact on the therapeutic process or interact with a client's or patient’s presenting problems