Beyond Microskills: Toward a Model of Counseling Competence Academic Article uri icon


  • Heeding the call to the profession, the authors present both a definition and model of counseling competence. Undergirding the model are 15 foundational principles. The authors conceptualize counseling competence as more complex and nuanced than do traditional microskills models and include cognitive, affective, and behavioral components. The model consists of 4 superordinate competenciesdetermining therapeutic outcomes, facilitating therapeutic outcomes, evaluating therapeutic outcomes, and sustaining therapeutic outcomesand 12 subordinate competencies: self-appraisal/self-evaluating, structuring the therapy, building a therapeutic alliance, applying a conceptual map of therapeutic change, using therapeutic techniques, self-correcting, surmounting obstacles, leveraging opportunities, managing special situations, working with other systems of care, consulting other sources, and terminating therapy. Integral to the model is the integrated deep structure, which consists of 5 metacognitions: purposefulness, motivation, selection, sequencing, and timing.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Ridley, C. R., Mollen, D., & Kelly, S. M.

citation count

  • 53

complete list of authors

  • Ridley, Charles R||Mollen, Debra||Kelly, Shannon M

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM