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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical and legal aspects relating to counselling 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117866  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical and legal aspects relating to counselling 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Psychology 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies General Social Science 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard is intended for learners who counsel people in a variety of situations, but who are not registered professionals such as qualified Psychologist and Social Workers. It is intended to meet the needs of learners in a variety of counselling contexts where clients are enabled to go through the process of finding solutions to their concerns or difficulties. It will be useful for counsellors in contexts including, but not limited to, schools, Non-Governmental Organisations, Faith Based Organisations, the South African Police Service, Counselling Call Centres, Hospitals, Clinics and Support Agencies, Sports Centres, Education and Training facilities, Government and Health and Social Services facilities. It should develop learners who know their scope of practice, behave ethically in a counselling context, conform to minimum standards and know when to refer a client.

The qualifying learner is capable of:
  • Explaining ethical practice in a counseling context.
  • Analysing ethical principles and legal aspects relating to counselling practice.
  • Applying ethical principles to own scope of practice. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is recommended that learners are competent in Communication at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is counseling under supervision:
  • Scope of practice refers to the boundaries within which the counselor operates without referral as defined by own work context. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain ethical practice in a counselling context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of ethics is explained with examples of what would constitute ethical practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of unethical practice are described for different contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role and importance of supervision are explained and an indication is given of the consequences for the client and the counsellor where there is no supervision. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse ethical principles and legal aspects relating to counselling practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Accepted ethical principles are analysed to determine key components applicable in different contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant legislation that has implications for counselling practice is identified and explained in different contexts. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply ethical principles to own scope of practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The parameters of own role and scope of practice are explained with reference to ethical principles of counselling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The consequences of unethical practice explained with reference to the client, organisation and counsellor. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a candidate against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA or ETQA where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exists with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses show that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made in describing the consequences of unethical practice. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community in that counselling by its very nature includes at least the learner and at least one other person. At NQF Level 4 learners generally work in communities or organisations, under supervision, which implies that they are members of a small group or team. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information analysing ethical principles and legal aspects relating to counselling. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able communicate effectively in explaining the scope of own practice and the consequences of unethical practice for the client, organisation and counsellor. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation by understanding the consequences of unethical practical practice for the learner, organisation and client. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.