10 Professional Competencies - Domain 11




The Different Domains

Domain 11: Management & Administration

In each of the three main categories of Competencies (Core, Specific & Specialist), there are several different ‘domains’. These domains of professional activity have to be considered within the general framework of what most people would agree constitutes the profession of psychotherapy, and also within the general framework of views about the basic nature of humankind; interactions between human society and its environment; the nature of that society; and the key concepts of the arts and sciences that are relevant to the development of professional psychotherapeutic practice; and that are relevant to any method of practice.

These domains indicate that a European psychotherapist is competent in these areas:

  1. Working Professionally, Autonomously & Accountably:
  2. The Psychotherapeutic Relationship:
  3. Exploration, (Assessment, Diagnosis & Conceptualization):
  4. ‘Contracting’ (Developing Goals, Plans & Strategies):
  5. Various Techniques & Interventions:
  6. Management of Change, Crisis and Trauma Work:
  7. Completion & Evaluation:
  8. Collaboration with Other Professionals:
  9. Use of Supervision, (Peer) Intervision and Critical Evaluation:
  10. Ethics, Standards & Sensitivities:
  11. Management & Administration: This means that the psychotherapist is able to demonstrate: that they can handle a professional practice with a full working caseload; that they undertake appropriate self-management, supervision, case conferences and reviews; that they maintain appropriate support systems; that good business and accounting practices, and that health & safety, environmental and ecological considerations are utilised into their business; that they conform to all local and national legal, accounting, tax and administrative regulations and requirements as a professional person in business; that they take out appropriate insurance cover for their professional practice, (and for any employees) where required; and that they stay up-to-date with any legal and regulatory developments in their professional field.
    • §11.1: Handle a professional practice
      • Manage a full working case load
      • Undertake regular self-management
      • Maintain appropriate support systems
    • §11.2: Manage a self-employed or small business
      • Maintain good business practice, administration and accounting systems
      • Apply approriate regulations
      • Ensure appropriate advertising
    • §11.3: Manage and administer employees in a small business
      • Awareness of employment law and regulations
      • Manage & administer employees properly
    To view the detailed Core Competencies within this Domain, please click here.

  12. Research:
  13. Prevention & Education:

To look at the description of any of the other domains, please click on the domain name.
To see the descriptions of all the domains together, click here.

Working Group on Professional Competencies: committee@psychotherapy-competency.eu