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Program-Based Criteria Table

University Certificate in Counselling Women

Learning Summary Template

(1 of 26) Understanding of Women's issues within context & feminist framework
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No opportunity to observe Knowledge of basic information, data & feminist issues required to deal with the issues (women's counselling) Advancing level of understanding & grounding in feminist frameworks to know meaning & importance of issues related to the discipline Sufficient grasp of feminist ideas, concepts & theories to form good foundation for practice in this discipline Advanced insights into feminism, its frameworks & contexts, leading to unusual insights & flexible actions appropriate to the discipline Complex & abstract, as well as practical, group of women's issues based on an advanced lead of understanding of feminism & its application
(2 of 26) Understanding of counselling process
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No opportunity to observe Basic, formal knowledge of the counselling process Expanding levels of knowledge & insight into various elements of the counselling process Trustworthy, dependable grasp of the counselling process Shows advanced command of elements of the counselling process, usually leading to adroit interventions Unusually clear & insightful grasp of the counselling process, its foundations & significance in the lives of women
(3 of 26) Crisis intervention skills
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No opportunity to observe Capable of good handling of crisis leading to appropriate resolutions Increasing confidences & skill in crisis intervention Uses theory, concepts & practice skills in thoroughly professional manner, producing good outcomes for & with clients Dependable interventions in crisis related to this discipline leading almost always to desirable, productive, sometimes innovative skills Clever, adroit crisis intervention knowledge & skills
(4 of 26) Micro skills (listening, assessing, appropriate & accurate response, self-disclosure, as examples among many others)
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No opportunity to observe Basic acceptable level of attending skills Growing exercise of attending & helping skills Shows evidence of skilled interventions of a helpful, enabling nature Advanced micro skills shown in satisfactory helping interventions Exhibits unusual facility in helping, enabling, and attending
(5 of 26) Understanding of feminist theory
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No opportunity to observe Knows the basic foundations and boundaries of feminist theory Well-versed in feminist theory Sound, broadranging understanding of feminist theory, its sources & development Advanced insight into sources & meanings of feminist theory Complex & sophisticated group of feminist theory, its contexts & significance
(6 of 26) Application of theory in women's counselling situations
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No opportunity to observe Shows fundamental knowledge & use of some applicable theories in counselling Uses growing array of theory in counselling applications Chooses from among applicable & relevant theories for use in counselling situations Broad base of theoretical foundation for wide spectrum of applications in counselling Thoughtful & intuitive applications of theory in deft, complex counselling applications
(7 of 26) Application of theory in advocating for positive social changes
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No opportunity to observe Fundamental understanding of advocacy Growing understanding of how the use of advocacy can result in positive social change Shows evidence of demonstrating the use of advocacy in an attempt to influence/create specific change in an issue related to counselling women Consistently able to apply theories & concepts in effective advocacy roles Analytical & theoretical in approach to advocacy as both a concept & a practice in pursuing positive social change
(8 of 26) Understanding of significance of policy, understanding of policy as a social construction
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No opportunity to observe Possess a general understanding of policy Growing level of ability to view policy as a social construct in which they can play a role Demonstrates how policy may be used to effect change Adroit in explaining the significance of policy Superior ability to successfully argue in support of policy change or intervene effectively in policy development
(9 of 26) Understanding of significance & meaning of history & development of the discipline
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No opportunity to observe Basic knowledge of the history of the discipline Increasing insight into the development of the discipline Sound, broadranging understanding of significance of discipline, its history & development Advanced insight in explaining how history & development of the discipline interact Complex & sophisticated grasp of the historical development of the discipline, its significance & positive use
(10 of 26) Logical thinking & clarity
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No opportunity to observe Acceptable level of logical thinking & clarity of thought Demonstrates ability to think logically Uses logical thinking to clearly support or defend a position or belief Consistently able to defend point of view using critical thinking Exhibits unusually advanced critical thinking skills
(11 of 26) Emotional, intelligence, feeling/intuitive base of practice
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No opportunity to observe Basic acceptable level of understanding concept of emotional intelligence, feelings & intuition Expanding understanding & the importance of emotional intelligence to discipline Understands how personal feelings, emotions & intuition plays a role in the counselling process Consistently uses emotional intelligence in practice Complex & sophisticated understanding of the role emotional intelligence, intuition & feelings play in the discipline and also understand the power of these in the counselling relationship
(12 of 26) Collaboration with colleagues & others related to goals of women's counselling
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No opportunity to observe Sees & accepts need for team approach, contributes to team effort Gaining knowledge of advantages of collaborative & team work, sees efficiencies & longerterm benefits from operating together Works conscientiously & consistently to gain advantage from collaborations, team efforts Maximizes gains from collaborating with colleagues & others, recognizes when opportunities, resources & client needs can best be met then cooperates & coordinates team work Adept at advanced complex level in collaborating on many levels related to the multi-faceted requirements of the disciplines
(13 of 26) Evidence of reflective practices
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No opportunity to observe Basic awareness of need to make practice conscious & purposeful Exhibits effort to see concepts, theories, issues, conditions, circumstances & resources in a practice that shows fairly consistent good results Exhibits practice & discipline based in light of experience, focus at work, opportunities for new directions Thoroughly considered & confident practice, showing advanced insight into influence from personal & social life, professional or para-professional experience & the positive realities of the world Multi-layered consideration of aspects of practice, motive, social context & resources which render innovative, dependable, flexible & accessible practice in the interests of women
(14 of 26) Evidence of integrity & consequence
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No opportunity to observe Basic understanding of being true to self Conscious effort to join & balance aspects of personality, motivation, relationships & context Outward image appears same as inner person Advanced self-awareness, consciousness of unity of various aspects of self & circumstance Sophisticated, complex, yet very human portrayal of self-knowledge, consistent performance & acting as a multi faceted person, conscious of strengths & vulnerabilities
(15 of 26) Sense of personal boundaries
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No opportunity to observe Knows energies, capacities & limits of sharing are finite, that demands must be balanced with personal resources Usually balances self, resources & client needs appropriately Extends self appropriately, mindful of possible intrusion into personal space, time, energies Generous in sharing self, open to others' needs, but careful to protect central, core being from intrusion or depletion Adept & perceptive at deploying effort while maintaining appropriate personal space & time; expert at balancing appropriate expectations in all parts of life
(16 of 26) Self care as a practitioner
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No opportunity to observe Aware of own limits, needs & capacities Learning & growing in capacity to handle uneven pace of practice, crisis, emergencies & quiet periods Confident that ups & downs of practice & personal life will balance, based on experience Measured and smooth in use of self & capabilities Accurately knows, at a complex, logical visceral level, the meaning of balance among selfdedication, relationships & practice life
(17 of 26) Awareness of Ethics, related issues & ethical stance
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No opportunity to observe Understands basic ethical issues & grounds for ethical consideration related to the field Exhibits increasing levels of ethical understanding & use Exercises sound, ethical judgement in theory & in practice Heightened & focused ethical awareness Sophisticated & complex ethical sensibilities related to counselling of women
(18 of 26) Takes initiative
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No opportunity to observe Tries to steer own course with appropriate supervision & consultation Increasingly confident in work, takes action with minimum of supervisory resourcing, identifying & using consultations & resources to maximum effect Accurate & dependable in taking action & starting processes related to discipline of counselling women Adroit & innovative in opening new initiatives in counselling women discipline(s) Audacious, yet accurate & appropriate in bold new initiatives in the profession, discipline & workplace
(19 of 26) Ability to assess situations, determine priorities
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No opportunity to observe Knows basic elements of assessment process & reasons for their use Wields assessment tools & procedures with minimum of supervisions & usually forecasts accurately how planned interventions will produce desired results Usually assesses problems, issues & conditions accurately, with the ranking of goals in mind Consistently & accurately employs proven assessment procedures, arriving at good decisions about priorities, goals & strategies to achieve them Able to assess complex, multi-layered problems or issues, with clear understanding of basis for assessment, leading to appropriate & accurate priority setting
(20 of 26) Willingness to act on work, professional and/or volunteer issues
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No opportunity to observe Sometimes takes action, individually or with other, on issues or conditions related to this discipline Takes action on issues in well-thought out, balanced manner, usually bearing good results Occasionally initiates action on issues, influencing others to take part Can be depended upon to act innovatively & flexibly, in a well-considered fashion, on issues of professional, work or volunteer issues Deft, clever & accurate interventions in work, professional and/or volunteerrelated issues or conditions
(21 of 26) Understanding of power relationships
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No opportunity to observe Knows power differentials influence relationships & can provide examples Can use knowledge of power balances & relationships in practice Show both theoretical & practical knowledge of power use & experience of its use as a subject Advanced analytical skill in assessing power relationships & their results or outcomes Clear, layered comprehension of what power implies, & how to use it to protect others from its wrongful effects & to defend self in power exercises
(22 of 26) Understanding of personal weakness, areas needing improvement
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No opportunity to observe Self-aware at an adequate & basic level Gained awareness of professional growth requirements, along with areas of skill & strength already achieved Balanced view of personal strengths, abilities, skills & insights including accurate appraisal of areas in which growth may be possible Advanced & thorough in considering strengths & needed improvements in relation to counselling women Mature & nuanced assessment of outcomes of use of self, areas for improvement in relation to array of other resources available
(23 of 26) Respect for others
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No opportunity to observe Fundamental level of professional, respectful attendance to needs of women in counselling & collegial relationships Aware of uses of relations of respect as they apply to personal & professional conduct Respectful of others in broad range of work relationships Advanced, personal & professional deployment of respectful attendance in collegial & counselling situations Employs respectful attendance at complex, conscious, helping level in broad professional, collegial & counselling relationships
(24 of 26) Expresses self clearly in writing
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No opportunity to observe Basic, clear, composition & presentation skills in writing Gaining skills as a writer in relation to expeditions in this discipline Dependable writing materials, related to practice discipline and issues that require no further editing & represent the discipline fairly Advanced, often compelling use of language in written communications Exemplary, & appealing writing skills
(25 of 26) Expresses self clearly orally/verbally
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No opportunity to observe Speaks clearly person to person & in groups or meetings Presents ideas & positions orally in an understandable, logical & clear manner Known in this discipline as an able dependable speaker who can be counted on to present clear ideas & positions in an appealing manner Respected as a trusted commentator with unusual ability in oral presentations Forthright, sparkling & persuasive in spoken communications
(26 of 26) Awareness of personal communication patterns, body language, facility of expression
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No opportunity to observe Possesses a general understanding of non-verbal and other communication patterns Some development of communication & expression skills that aid in effective counselling of women Makes conscious use of non-verbal communication patterns in counselling sessions Advanced non-verbal communication patterns, along with consistent & accurate expression that contributes to helping attributer of the counselling relationship Clear, complex & insightful understanding end use of non-verbal communication patterns, body language & facility of expression in the counselling relationship

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Updated May 19 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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