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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the counseling of people in domestic relationships 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252530  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the counseling of people in domestic relationships 
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 domestic relationships such as couples, partners, families and other domestic units in a variety of situations, but who are not are not registered professionals such as qualified Psychologist and Social Workers. It will be useful for counsellors in a variety of counselling 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:
  • Describing the different types of domestic units.
  • Explaining the changing nature of a relationship.
  • Counselling a couples or a domestic unit.
  • Referring couples and domestic units with specific needs and problems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication at NQF Level 3 and the Unit Standard, "Counsel an individual in a structured environment", ID 252512. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical scope of this Unit Standard is domestic relationships including couples, partners, families and other domestic units.
  • 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 
    Describe the different types of domestic units. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Different types of marriage that are recognised in South Africa are investigated with reference to the characteristics, problems and benefits associated with each. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Marriage types include but are not limited to customary, traditional, same sex and common law marriages.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The characteristics of different family and domestic units are described with reference to structure and function. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The influence of culture on the family or domestic unit is explained with examples. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain the changing nature of a relationship. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Changes in a relationship are explained with reference to the challenges at each stage. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Events that may trigger a crisis in a relationship are explained with reference to the relationship, individuals within a domestic unit and the cultural context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Counsel a couple or domestic unit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Specific challenges or areas of concern facing couples or domestic units are identified with examples. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A plan of action is agreed that builds on the positive and addresses the negative aspects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Steps to initiate and manage a plan are agreed in order to provide the necessary support. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Refer couples or domestic units with specific needs and problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Resources and facilities that are available to couples and domestic units with different problems are identified in a selected geographic area. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The process of referral is investigated for a specific organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The required documents and evidence are produced for a particular referral. 


    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 and make decisions in referring couples and or domestic units with specific needs and problems. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work as a member of a team in establishing a relationship with a couple or domestic unit and referring a client. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage him/herself in identifying available resources and facilities and investigating the referral process for selected organisations. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information in investigating different types of marriages and producing evidence for referral. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to be culturally sensitive in establishing a relationship with a client and applying knowledge of marriage and relationships in counselling couples and domestic units. 

    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
    Elective  49256   Further Education and Training Certificate: Counselling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 
    Elective  59429   National Certificate: Inclusive Education  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP 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.
     
    1. Kula Institute 
    2. Sash Business Management 
    3. TMG Quality Services 



    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.