Counselling Examination Summary – April 2015


L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling






April 2015

The report below summarises the findings of the examiner team following the recent examination/assessment series.  Tutors are required to take note of the recommendations made by the Lead Examiner to ensure that candidates are supported in achieving the best possible outcome in future assessments.



1. Understand their placement environment

1.1 Policies and procedures are being listed but the learner needs to explain more than one policy and more than one procedure.

1.2 The learner needs to explain the relevance and application of one piece of statutory legislation – confidentiality is not legislation. Examples of statutory legislation include the Protection of Children’s act 1999.

2. Understand the importance of working agreements


2.1 Names and details must be included on all working agreements.

3. Maintain records of placement practice

3.1 It would be more helpful to the examiner if the client logs are submitted in date order rather than in client order and each session individually recorded. Dates must be written in full and the themes of every session recorded. An explanation must be given for any missing months.

3.2 It would be more helpful to the examiner if the supervision logs are submitted in date order and they must clearly indicate whether the session was individual or group. If the session was group then the number of people in the group must be recorded as well as the time claimed for that session.

Logs must have at least one full signature on each page. Any missing months in the supervision logs must have an explanation and clients seen corresponding to the missing months will not be counted.

If a supervisor has been used for each placement then it must be made clear as to whether clients from all placements were taken to all supervisors or whether clients from individual placements were taken to individual supervisors.

4. Relate theory to practice with clients


4.1 Adequate outlines of the theoretical approach(s) used must be offered.

All theoretical approaches must be outlined in this learning outcome.

The key concepts should be outlined and not simply listed. All key concepts and theoretical approaches offered in 4.2 and 4.3 must be outlined in this learning outcome (4.1).

4.2 The evidence must contain analysis of the application of the theoretical approach(s) through the key concepts, as outlined in 4.1.

4.3 The evidence must contain evaluation of the application of the theoretical approach(s) through the key concepts as analysed in 4.2 rather than evaluation of the counselling process or the client progress.

5. Relate supervision to practice with clients


5.1 The analysis offered in the evidence must be about the actual learning gained from supervision not on supervision generally or the client work.

5.2 The evaluation offered in the evidence must be about the application of the learning gained from supervision to the client in the counselling sessions following on from supervision.

6. Reflect on own professional practice


6.1 The evaluation of own practice must relate directly to what has been written in the supervision report(s).

6.2 The evaluation of own practice must relate directly to what has been offered in the placement report(s).

Each piece of evidence submitted must clearly indicate which assessment criteria it is intended for.

All the evidence should be submitted in learning outcome order. (If assessment criteria are integrated every piece of evidence must be clearly marked as to which of the assessment criteria it relates to).

Information that is not directly related to the evidence required for each assessment criteria should not be included in the portfolio.