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Family Counselling Diploma

Level 3 / ABC Awards / ODL66

The Family Counselling Level 3 Diploma course is designed to follow on from, and compliment the basic or introductory counselling course.

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course duration: 200 hrs

study type: online

Course Description

Reappraisal of basic counselling skills and core knowledge will be covered, together with a detailed examination of the five approaches or theories counselling.

Family counselling has emerged and developed significantly since the 1950's, and is a collaboration of modernist, postmodernist and constructionist views. The two important developments within family counselling during the past 60 years has been the systemic formulation and integrative practices which links the theory and practical aspects. In addition to the counselling approaches, various working models and theories specific to this field will be explored as well as the following concepts: meta-communication, genograms, triangulation, open and closed systems, reframing, solution focused counselling, goal setting and reflective practice.

Specific attention will be given to psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and person-centred approaches, which will give students a fuller working knowledge and understanding of advanced counselling skills. In specialist counselling fields, these advanced skills are necessary in order to be able to recognise and deal with the complex range of client needs, together with being able to understand the origins of these particular emotions and possible physiological factors.

The course consists of 10 modules, each with an assignment to complete and a final online examination. Materials can be studied online or there is also the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Modules

Module 1: Introduction, outline of family cycle and reappraisal of counselling skills
In this module the concept and definition of the family cycle and reflects on previous counselling knowledge will be outlined. The five theories which have been adopted as approaches in counselling will be explored. The work of Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Ellis, Jung and Eagan will be looked at in brief, and the corresponding counselling approaches examined.

Module 2: The psychodynamic approach relevant to family counselling
This module will look at how they work and are applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.

Module 3: The cognitive behavioural approach relevant to family counselling
This module will look at how they work and are applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.

Module 4: The person-centred approach relevant to family counselling
This module will look at how they work and are applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.

Module 5: Ethics, consent, counsellor responsibilities and historical background
This module will discuss boundaries or limitations and will look at how to recognise and deal with these. It will also look at what types of consent and responsibilities the counsellor has to seek. In addition, some historical background of the development of family therapy since the 1950's will be explored, together with the emergence of the therapeutic concepts in use today.

Module 6: Main concepts
This module examines the emergence of the systems theory, together with the lifecycle of the family and the relevant social influences and aspects.

Module7: Processes in family counselling; Part 1
This module looks at the planning, assessing and delivery of family counselling, including concepts such as disengagement, deconstruction of problems and construction.

Module 8: Processes in family counselling; Part 2
This module continues by discussing interventions, feedback loops, progressive hypothesizing and contexts.

Module 9: Focus on specific problems; Part 1
This module looks at relationships within the family and specifically discusses depression, anxiety and associated psychological problems within the family that may be encountered within the counselling context. It will also cover alcohol and drug problems within the adult family members.

Module 10: Focus on specific problems; Part 2
This module looks at abuse within the family situation (child and physical conduct) that may be encountered in the counselling situation. It also covers alcohol and substance abuse within the children and adolescent family members.

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis.  The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Support

12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

course description

Course Description

Reappraisal of basic counselling skills and core knowledge will be covered, together with a detailed examination of the five approaches or theories counselling.

Family counselling has emerged and developed significantly since the 1950's, and is a collaboration of modernist, postmodernist and constructionist views. The two important developments within family counselling during the past 60 years has been the systemic formulation and integrative practices which links the theory and practical aspects. In addition to the counselling approaches, various working models and theories specific to this field will be explored as well as the following concepts: meta-communication, genograms, triangulation, open and closed systems, reframing, solution focused counselling, goal setting and reflective practice.

Specific attention will be given to psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural and person-centred approaches, which will give students a fuller working knowledge and understanding of advanced counselling skills. In specialist counselling fields, these advanced skills are necessary in order to be able to recognise and deal with the complex range of client needs, together with being able to understand the origins of these particular emotions and possible physiological factors.

The course consists of 10 modules, each with an assignment to complete and a final online examination. Materials can be studied online or there is also the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

previous knowledge required

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is essential to study this course.

assessment

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade. Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis.  The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade. We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

support

Support

12 Months Tutor Support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

modules

Modules

Module 1: Introduction, outline of family cycle and reappraisal of counselling skills
In this module the concept and definition of the family cycle and reflects on previous counselling knowledge will be outlined. The five theories which have been adopted as approaches in counselling will be explored. The work of Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Ellis, Jung and Eagan will be looked at in brief, and the corresponding counselling approaches examined.

Module 2: The psychodynamic approach relevant to family counselling
This module will look at how they work and are applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.

Module 3: The cognitive behavioural approach relevant to family counselling
This module will look at how they work and are applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.

Module 4: The person-centred approach relevant to family counselling
This module will look at how they work and are applied to the counselling situation. Specific examples and activities will give the student indications as to which particular set of client circumstances benefits most from this approach.

Module 5: Ethics, consent, counsellor responsibilities and historical background
This module will discuss boundaries or limitations and will look at how to recognise and deal with these. It will also look at what types of consent and responsibilities the counsellor has to seek. In addition, some historical background of the development of family therapy since the 1950's will be explored, together with the emergence of the therapeutic concepts in use today.

Module 6: Main concepts
This module examines the emergence of the systems theory, together with the lifecycle of the family and the relevant social influences and aspects.

Module7: Processes in family counselling; Part 1
This module looks at the planning, assessing and delivery of family counselling, including concepts such as disengagement, deconstruction of problems and construction.

Module 8: Processes in family counselling; Part 2
This module continues by discussing interventions, feedback loops, progressive hypothesizing and contexts.

Module 9: Focus on specific problems; Part 1
This module looks at relationships within the family and specifically discusses depression, anxiety and associated psychological problems within the family that may be encountered within the counselling context. It will also cover alcohol and drug problems within the adult family members.

Module 10: Focus on specific problems; Part 2
This module looks at abuse within the family situation (child and physical conduct) that may be encountered in the counselling situation. It also covers alcohol and substance abuse within the children and adolescent family members.

awarding organisation

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. 

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.