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Competency Based Assessment -Support Guide for Applicants for Healer Assessment


What is a Competency Based Assessment?

 A Competency Based Assessment is an interview technique, which is designed to draw out of you what you actually DID, SAID, FELT and THOUGHT within a healing situation.

 Unlike other interviews a Competency Based Assessment eliminates the possibility of a subjective or biased assessment, instead we use a method of investigative questioning.

 Assessors are trained to listen for evidence of COMPETENCY and press for detailed descriptions of actual behaviour.

 Research has shown that past experience is the best predictor of future performance.

 The advantages of using a Competency Based Assessment are:

 The process is more reliable and valid than any other interview techniques such as the traditional interview, CV etc.

 It allows the interviewee the opportunity to talk about their contribution to a particular situation.

 Competency focused assessments will be based on tangible specific behaviours associated with success.

 What is a competency?

 In the first stages of the Healers development 3 elements in particular are needed
















To be a registered Healer member we need to look at the 4th element as well.



















 A competency is an underlying characteristic of an individual, which is directly related to effective performance. Levels of competency vary between each individual, for example, if you show a higher level of competency in a particular area, you will undoubtedly perform to a higher standard in that role.

 Typical examples of competencies are:-

  • Knowledge of Code of Conduct.
  • Understanding of Attunement and protection for healing.
  • Knowledge of Basic Anatomy.
  • Practical Healing Ability.
  • Elementary counselling skills.
  • Record keeping / confidentiality.
  • Relationships
  • Development and coaching

 How should you prepare for a Competency Based assessment?

It is a good idea to look at all the competencies listed and then think about situations where you feel you have demonstrated these competencies. These situations could be as far back as 2 years ago (try not to go back to situations too long ago as you may have difficulty recalling specific details).

In all cases the assessor is not only interested in your actions or contributions - they will also be interested in the way in which you affected the client.

What sort of questions might you be asked during the interview?

 Here are some typical questions that you may be asked during your assessment:

  • What was going through YOUR mind when you did that?
  • How did YOU do that?
  •       What was YOUR role in that event?
  • Can you give me an example of a time when YOU.......
  • Tell me what YOU said in that conversation?
  • What was the first key thing YOU did?
  • How did YOU feel about that?

 In answering these questions, you should describe your situation in as much detail as possible - what you have DONE, SAID, FELT and THOUGHT.






List of competencies and their definitions.


Knowledge of Code of Conduct.

Candidates for Approved Healer member status must understand their duty of care towards the public and the legal framework within which they must operate. They must accept and understand the  Code of Conduct and the disciplinary procedures that apply in the Healing Organisation in which they wish to be accepted as Approved Healers.


Understanding of Attunement and protection for healing.

Explain his/her own method of meditation and relaxation and expound on the importance of maintaining this practice. Also to demonstrate verbally his/her ability to guide a patient towards a meditative frame of mind.


Knowledge of Basic Anatomy.

Answer any test paper on the anatomy of the human body that might be considered correct and relevant by the assessors.


Practical Healing Ability.

Perform a practical demonstration of the healing act, including preparation of the patient and self, prior to offering healing ‑ grounding ‑ attunement ‑ placement of the hands ‑ and closure.


Elementary counselling skills.

Creates a climate of warmth, encouraging clients to speak and listening to their views.

Explores the problem situations in terms of behaviour and feelings to experiences.

Supporting, co-operating, respecting and working with client to achieve objectives.

Encouraging and supporting client to give their best.

Values and is sensitive to the clients feelings, opinions and aspirations.


Record keeping / confidentiality.

Can explain the need for confidentiality in dealing with patients. Also to explain why records should be kept.

Understands the limits of client confidentiality with regard to legal obligations to disclose.



Understands the relationship between the patient, his/her General Practitioner, and the healer.

Builds long-term relationships with peers in an open and honest environment.

Development & Coaching

Accepting responsibility for our own development and supporting and helping others to achieve their development plans.

Overcoming obstacles by showing tenacity and persistence.

Actively seeks feedback to ensure continuous improvement.

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