This text shows how competence can be assessed in counsellor training, providing material for counselling trainers as they seek to design studies which will contribute to informing good practice in the counselling profession. The text forms a summary of available research on counsellor competence and assessment, and information about current practice, including examples of assessment systems used in a range of organizations.
My training in counselling began in 1974. The early part of my training provided a broad overview of humanistic counselling, but it was the Diploma in Student Counselling at London University, a two year part time course in psychodynamic counselling, that provided the theoretical base on which my career has been built. The MSc in Psychotherapy at Warwick University consolidated my learning and launched my research career. The Institute of Group Analysis Introductory Course, organised through Warwick University sharpened my knowledge of group work and institutional dynamics.