Profession Structure Model Illustrative Example of a Competence  

In the illustrative example below a fragment of the model's competency framework sandplay is used as one of many competencies forming the group Working Therapeutically with Children. 7 behavioural indicators are given – there are almost certainly more to be added. Each of these is related to the Play Continuum levels. For example we believe that Providing a sand pit with toys applies to play level 1, play work – level 2 and therapeutic play work – level 3 but not to other levels. However Using a sand play session as an assessment tool starts at the Play Continuum level 4 (Therapeutic Play) and also applies to Filial Therapy – level 5, Play Therapy – level 6 and Child Psychotherapy – level 7.  

In addition the behavioural indicators are related to the level of experience (role). For example, Mediates a sand play session with a child applies to role level 2 (Initially Trained Practitioner) upwards whereas, Monitors a client’s development using a series of sand trays applies to role level 4 (Fully Skilled Practitioner) and upwards stopping at role level 7.

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Illustrative Example of a competence, with behavioural indicators

Competence is able to use Sandplay. 

Behavioural Indicator 
Play Continuum Level
Role
Provides a sand pit with appropriate toys
1, 2, 3
0 - 4
Sets up a sand play session with an individual child
3,4,5,6,7
2 - 7

Mediates a sand play session with a child

  • non directively
  • non judgementally
  • not interpreted

using a sand tray and a collection of objects


2,3,4,5,6,7
2 - 7
Uses a sand play session as an assessment tool
4,5,6,7
3 - 7
Interprets an individual sand play session
4,5,6,7
3 - 7
Monitors a client’s development using a series of sand trays
4,5,6,7
4 - 7
Equips a therapeutic centre with sand tray facilities and objects
2,3,4,5,6,7
3 - 8


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