Profession marriage counsellor

Marriage counsellors support and guide couples and families that are going through crises such as depression, substance abuse and relationship problems. They help improving their communication by providing group or individual therapy.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Investigative
  • Social / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Legal requirements in the social sector

    The prescribed legislative and regulatory requirements in the social sector.

  • Psychology

    The human behaviour and performance with individual differences in ability, personality, interests, learning, and motivation.

  • Reflexion

    The way to listen to individuals, to summarise the major points and clarify what they are feeling in order to help them reflect on their behaviour.

  • Human psychological development

    The human psychological development across the lifespan, theories of personality development, cultural and environmental influences, human behavior, including developmental crises, disability, exceptional behavior, and addictive behavior.

  • Psychological theories

    The historical development of counselling and psychological theories, as well as the perspectives, applications, and interviewing and counselling strategies.

  • Behavioural therapy

    The characteristics and foundations of behavioural therapy, which focuses on changing patients` unwanted or negative behaviour. It involves studying the present behaviour and the means by which this can be un-learned.

  • Counselling methods

    Counselling techniques used in different settings and with various groups and individuals, especially concerning methods of supervision and mediation in the counselling process.

  • Social justice

    The development and principles of human rights and social justice and the way they should be applied on a case by case basis.

  • Social sciences

    The development and characteristics of sociological, anthropological, psychological, political, and social policy theories.

  • Client-centred counselling

    Practice that encourages clients to concentrate on how they feel at the present moment during the counseling session in order to search for the most appropriate solutions.

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy

    The solution-focused approach to treating mental disorders oriented towards solving problems by teaching new information-processing skills and coping mechanisms.

  • Types of psychotherapy sessions

    Types of psychotherapy for individuals, groups or families according to behavioural/cognitive, psychoanalytic/dynamic, systemic methods or other appropriate psychological therapies.

  • Supervision of persons

    The act of directing one individual or a group of individuals in a certain activity.

  • Family therapy

    The type of counseling that is applied to families and couples in order to improve their intimate relationships, communication and resolve conflicts.

Skills

  • Promote social change

    Promote changes in relationships between individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities by taking into consideration and coping with unpredictable changes, at the micro, macro and mezzo level.

  • Maintain the trust of service users

    Establish and maintain the trust and confidence of the client, communicating in an appropriate, open, accurate and straightforward way and being honest and reliable.

  • Cooperate at inter-professional level

    Cooperate with people in other sectors in relation to social service work.

  • Manage stress in organisation

    Cope with sources of stress and cross-pressure in one's own professional life, such as occupational, managerial, institutional and personal stress, and help others do the same so as to promote the well-being of your colleagues and avoid burn-out.

  • Communicate professionally with colleagues in other fields

    Communicate professionally and cooperate with members of the other professions in the health and social services sector.

  • Apply socially just working principles

    Work in accordance with management and organisational principles and values focusing on human rights and social justice.

  • Manage social crisis

    Identify, respond and motivate individuals in social crisis situations, in a timely manner, making use of all resources.

  • Maintain records of work with service users

    Maintain accurate, concise, up-to-date and timely records of the work with service users while complying with legislation and policies related to privacy and security.

  • Organise relapse prevention

    Help the patient or client identify and anticipate high risk situations or external and internal triggers. Support them in developing better coping strategies and back-up plans in case of future difficulties.

  • Respond to individuals' extreme emotions

    React and help appropriately in case of extreme emotional reactions of individuals in a crisis situation, extreme distress or who are traumatised.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Communicate with social service users

    Use verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication. Pay attention to the specific social service users' needs, characteristics, abilities, preferences, age, developmental stage, and culture.

  • Counsel patient on family concerns

    Guide and advise patients on unsatisfactory relationships, divorce and separation, child rearing, home management, and financial difficulties.

  • Demonstrate leadership in social service cases

    Take the lead in the practical handling of social work cases and activities.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Deliver social services in diverse cultural communities

    Deliver services which are mindful of different cultural and language traditions, showing respect and validation for communities and being consistent with policies regarding human rights and equality and diversity.

  • Build helping relationship with social service users

    Develop a collaborative helping relationship, addressing any ruptures or strains in the relationship, fostering bonding and gaining service users` trust and cooperation through empathic listening, caring, warmth and authenticity.

  • Undertake continuous professional development in social work

    Undertake continuous professional development (CPD) to continuously update and develop knowledge, skills and competences within one`s scope of practice in social work.

  • Encourage counselled clients to examine themselves

    Support and encourage the clients to analyse and be aware of some aspects in their life that may have been distressing or impossible to tackle so far.

  • Apply quality standards in social services

    Apply quality stardards in social services while upholding social work values and principles.

  • Handle conflicts

    Mediate in conflicts and tense situations by acting between parties, such as service users, important others like families, and institutions, striving to effect an agreement, reconciliate, and resolve problems.

  • Empower individuals, families and groups

    Empower individuals, families and groups towards healthy lifestyles and self-care.

  • Provide social counselling

    Assist and guide social service users to resolve personal, social or psychological problems and difficulties.

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Perform therapy sessions

    Work in sessions with individuals or groups to deliver therapy in a controlled environment.

  • Relate empathetically

    Recognise, understand and share emotions and insights experienced by another.

  • Help clients make decisions during counselling sessions

    Encourage clients to make their own decisions related to their problems or inner conflicts by reducing confusion and allowing clients to reach their own conclusions, with no bias whatsoever.

  • Report on social development

    Report results and conclusions on society's social development in an intelligible way, presenting these orally and in written form to a range of audiences from non-experts to experts.

  • Refer social service users

    Make referrals to other professionals and other organisations, based on the social service users' requirements and needs.

  • Maintain a non-emotional involvement

    Keep a broader perspective and stay non-attached to the emotions and feelings expressed by the client during counselling sessions.

  • Assess social service users' situation

    Assess the social situation of service users situation balancing curiosity and respect in the dialogue, considering their families, organisations and communities and the associated risks and identifying the needs and resources, in order to meet physical, emotional and social needs.

  • Follow health and safety precautions in social care practices

    Ensure hygienic work practice, respecting the safety of the environment at day care, residential care settings and care at home.

  • Have emotional intelligence

    Recognize ones own and other people`s emotions, distinguish correctly between them and observing how they can influence one`s environment and social interaction and what can be done about it.

  • Promote human rights

    Promote and respect human rights and diversity in light of the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of autonomous individuals, taking into account their opinions, beliefs and values, and the international and national codes of ethics, as well as the ethical implications of healthcare provision, ensuring their right to privacy and honouring for the confidentiality of healthcare information.

Optional knowledge and skills

assess clients' drug and alcohol addictions help clients cope with grief provide education on family life support the positiveness of youths stages of bereavement identify mental health issues adolescent psychological development advise on mental health dependency on drugs develop patient treatment strategies