10 Professional Competencies - Domain 13




The Different Domains

Domain 13: Prevention & Education

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:
  12. Research:
  13. Prevention & Education: This means that psychotherapists are able to demonstrate that: they are aware that psychotherapy always has a preventional & educational aspect in order to stop further pathological development and dysfuntional behaviour; they are aware of the methods of prevention of and psycho-education for mental health problems; that, as a part of their professional activities, they actively involve themselves (in some way) in prevention - not only with their patients/clients - but possibly also through 'pro bono' work, professional writing, involvement and support with a relevant voluntary organisation or NGO; that psychotherapists engage themselves (in some appropriate way) in educating people (other than their clients) - through writing, public lectures, workshops and seminars, going into schools, joining appropriate societies or pressure groups, involving themselves in appropriate committee work or supporting voluntary organisations, or informing the appropriate politicians, educators, social services, etc. and members of the public of their awareness and concerns, etc.
    • §13.1: Prevention and education with clients
      • Awareness of repetitive / dysfunctional patterns in patient/clients' history
      • Education of patients/clients to avoid relapse
      • Help to promote change in patient/client and their family & social environment
    • §13.2: Prevention and education with others
      • Awareness of aetiology of mental health problems
      • Promote psycho-social education
      • Actively engage in projects designed to reduce or prevent mental health problems

    The detailed Core Competencies within this Domain, are available now: please click here.

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