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Core Competencies


Core Copetencies of the EAC

Accredited European Counsellors will prove their ability to:

1 Continually develop multicultural awareness;
2 Recognise cultural differences between counsellor and client at cultural /country level, and acknowledge and address these in a non-judgmental way;
3 Adjust their style of communication to match that of the client;
4 Set, maintain and check the proper structural and relational boundaries at different stages of the counselling process
5 Establish a contract, or a clear mutual working agreement about the aims of the counselling work;
6 Develop awareness of the context in which the client and counsellor are functioning so that the best possible conditions are created; develop awareness of how the counselling influences the context;
7 Address the client’s issues in ways that contribute to the counselling process;
8 Refine the aims of the counselling to move it forward;
9 Facilitate the movement toward the client’s personal insight, development and change
10 Facilitate the transfer of learning from the counselling relationship to the client’s everyday life
11 Review the counselling process in terms of the client’s experience
12 Bring the counselling to closure, in a way that recognises the experience for both the client and the counsellor
13 Work consistently within a clear theoretical orientation
14 Recognise limits and boundaries, both professional and personal
15 Recognise client issues that need the attendance of another professional and refer the client appropriately
16 Be consistently aware of ethical issues and of a proper approach to ethical Dilemmas
17 Evaluate the counselling process in terms of your own learning as a counsellor
18 Recognise the need for ongoing supervision and act accordingly


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9 thoughts on “Core Competencies

  1. Daniel McCombe

    I am a US resident and have some questions about accreditation of the EAP as it relates to accreditation in the US (APA). I wish to continue and complete my studies in the EU and would like to know if the ECP would meet the requirements to becaome a licensed psychologist in the US from the American Psychological Association (APA). Does anyone have any experience or know of any EAC trained psychologists who are now working as psychologists in the US?
    KInd Regards

  2. eacweb Post author

    Thank you for your words visited your blog also. We hope you spend more time with us here on the site and would welcome you joining us a member

  3. Jan Rademaker

    Hi Courtney, my dear EAP-friend,
    As you know our Academie is an EAPTI in Integrative Psychotherapy, but we also organize a 4-years training in Counseling. Therefor I am also interested in the competencies in counseling.

    Quite interesting seems to me this article (2013):
    And yes, it is important to have a clear picture about the differences between Counseling and Psychotherapy, good for both the EAC and the EAP. A lot of work to do! Are you available 😉

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hi Jan we passed your message across to Courtenay and he is replying directly to you


  4. Courtenay Young

    Dear Colleagues
    The European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) votes to accept the “Core Competencies of a European Psychotherapist” on Sunday, 7th July, 2013 in Moscow. These can be found on the Project website (above). At some point, it might be useful to meet and collaborate and identify any differences between the Core Competencies of a European Psychotherapist and the Core Competencies of a European Counsellor. I am sorry that ours look a little longer than yours: but this is just one difference. Since they are (or maybe) two different professions, and since some European countries do not have a definition of a counsellor, or it is not recognised as a profession, or some countries (like the UK) have difficulties in differentiating between a counsellor and a psychotherapist – we may be able to be useful to each other.

    1. eacweb Post author

      Hello Courtnay
      I have passed your comment over to Jennie our President and Jesmond our Gen Secretary I know they will contact you very soon

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