In 2010, Skills for Health drew up a set of National Occupational Standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy. The original motivation was the setting of standards for statutory regulation. These standards are available and can be used as the basis of training courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy. One set of standards is specifically addressed to the Humanistic School of therapies.
For interest, these standards are reproduced here. The originals can be obtained from the National Occupational Standards section of the Skills for Health website.
There are 14 standards relevant to Humanistic therapies:
- PT37 Explore the possibility of humanistic therapy with the client
- PT38 Enable the client to understand your humanistic approach to therapy
- PT39 Enable the client to determine their therapeutic focus in humanistic therapy
- PT40 Maintain a space for exchange, learning and growth in humanistic therapy
- PT41 Develop the humanistic therapeutic relationship
- PT42 Choose and adapt ways of working with the client within a humanistic approach
- PT43 Maintain authenticity in the humanistic therapeutic relationship
- PT44 Engage in issues of diversity and difference in humanistic therapy
- PT45 Enable the client to understand their relational difficulties through their immediate experience within humanistic therapy
- PT46 Enable the client to express feelings and emotions within humanistic therapy
- PT47 Enable the client in humanistic therapy to make sense of their experiences
- PT48 Manage the conclusion of the humanistic therapeutic relationship
- PT49 Enable the client in humanistic therapy to become aware of unconscious aspects of their experience