The core communication skills for this course are:
1. The ability to communicate in English to a standard that is comprehensible, understandable and coherent. This includes the ability to:
a) understand and respond to explicit and implicit communication and body language that is accurate, appropriate and culturally sensitive;
b) produce timely, accurate, professional medico-legal documentation in line with relevant organisational requirements and expectations.
2. To apply effective non-verbal communication skills such as self-care, empathy, respect and establishing sound professional and peer relationships. This includes the ability to:
a) consistently and appropriately display spatial awareness, time boundaries, gestures and language that is respectful and appropriate at all times;
b) respond to behavioural cues and maintain safety of self and others during volatile or aggressive exchanges, or times when diffusion is required;
c) consistently show awareness of own behaviours, attitudes, beliefs and values and maintain professional boundaries at all times.
3. To apply effective written communication skills in English to provide the safe and effective delivery of services, and to meet professional legal requirements. This includes the ability to:
a) maintain clear, concise and organised clinical documentation in a timely and organised way;
b) convey knowledge, understanding and clinical applications in-line with recognised guidelines in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT);
c) interact both orally and verbally with diverse groups of people such as clients, families, service providers, allied health professionals and medical practitioners to a standard that is appropriate to the context and consistent with evidence-based guidelines.
4. The capacity to communicate and interpret critique, analyse and adhere to clinical guidelines, research methodologies, and understand complex material in the areas of mental health, psychological therapies and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
5. The ability to engage and establish sound therapeutic relationships with clients to support recovery.