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Relationship and Couples Counselling Diploma

Level 3 / ABC Awards / ODL91

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is designed to follow on from, and compliment the certificate or Diploma in 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.

Relationship or couples counselling has gained popularity over the last twenty years or so, possibly due to the complexities of modern life. This course examines the basic phases or stages of relationship counselling, and gives specific information on separation, divorce, violent relationships and problems based on sexual difficulties.

In addition to the counselling approaches, various working models and theories specific to this field will be explored as well as the concepts of meta-communication, genograms 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 is concerned with relationships and couples, for example those in an intimate relationship. Narration will avoid being gender-specific, therefore the words 'partner' or 'couple' will be used wherever possible. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Module 1: Introduction to course topic and reappraisal of counselling skills

This module introduces the concept of relationship counselling, and reflects on previous knowledge and looks in detail at the five theories which have been adopted as approaches in counselling. In this module 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

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

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

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: Boundaries, ethics and defining the relationship

This module will discuss boundaries or limitations and will look at how to recognise and deal with these. It will also look at ways of defining the relationship, individual needs, and problems and understand these from a collaborative perspective as well as independently.

Module 6: Exploring the problems

This module examines how to assess clients' needs and build a collaborative relationship within the therapeutic environment. During this phase of counselling the exploration of problems begins and the future effort, planning and facilitation necessary for successful resolution is established.

Module7: Working through the problems

Within this module relationship interaction is discussed, together with references and examples of various working models such as attachment, triangular relationships and splitting and projection.

Module 8: Facilitating change

This module covers resolution. This is the phase where behaviour modification is facilitated via counselling strategies and techniques, together with the implementation of agreed programmes for homework, communicative exercises and maintenance.

Module 9: Specific relationship problems; part 1

Separation, divorce and problems of a sexual nature are discussed in this module. In addition, relevant counselling techniques, strategies and observations will be identified.

Module 10: Specific relationship problems; part 2

Career and workplace problems, violent relationships, and other related issues are discussed in this module. In addition, relevant counselling techniques, strategies and observations will be identified.

Modules

Module 1: Introduction to course topic and reappraisal of counselling skills
Module 2: The psychodynamic approach
Module 3: The cognitive behavioural approach
Module 4: The person-centred approach
Module 5: Boundaries, ethics and defining the relationship
Module 6: Exploring the problems
Module7: Working through the problems
Module 8: Facilitating change
Module 9: Specific relationship problems; part 1
Module 10: Specific relationship problems; part 2

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.

Relationship or couples counselling has gained popularity over the last twenty years or so, possibly due to the complexities of modern life. This course examines the basic phases or stages of relationship counselling, and gives specific information on separation, divorce, violent relationships and problems based on sexual difficulties.

In addition to the counselling approaches, various working models and theories specific to this field will be explored as well as the concepts of meta-communication, genograms 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 is concerned with relationships and couples, for example those in an intimate relationship. Narration will avoid being gender-specific, therefore the words 'partner' or 'couple' will be used wherever possible. Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the printed materials delivered for an additional charge of £65.

Module 1: Introduction to course topic and reappraisal of counselling skills

This module introduces the concept of relationship counselling, and reflects on previous knowledge and looks in detail at the five theories which have been adopted as approaches in counselling. In this module 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

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

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

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: Boundaries, ethics and defining the relationship

This module will discuss boundaries or limitations and will look at how to recognise and deal with these. It will also look at ways of defining the relationship, individual needs, and problems and understand these from a collaborative perspective as well as independently.

Module 6: Exploring the problems

This module examines how to assess clients' needs and build a collaborative relationship within the therapeutic environment. During this phase of counselling the exploration of problems begins and the future effort, planning and facilitation necessary for successful resolution is established.

Module7: Working through the problems

Within this module relationship interaction is discussed, together with references and examples of various working models such as attachment, triangular relationships and splitting and projection.

Module 8: Facilitating change

This module covers resolution. This is the phase where behaviour modification is facilitated via counselling strategies and techniques, together with the implementation of agreed programmes for homework, communicative exercises and maintenance.

Module 9: Specific relationship problems; part 1

Separation, divorce and problems of a sexual nature are discussed in this module. In addition, relevant counselling techniques, strategies and observations will be identified.

Module 10: Specific relationship problems; part 2

Career and workplace problems, violent relationships, and other related issues are discussed in this module. In addition, relevant counselling techniques, strategies and observations will be identified.

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 to course topic and reappraisal of counselling skills
Module 2: The psychodynamic approach
Module 3: The cognitive behavioural approach
Module 4: The person-centred approach
Module 5: Boundaries, ethics and defining the relationship
Module 6: Exploring the problems
Module7: Working through the problems
Module 8: Facilitating change
Module 9: Specific relationship problems; part 1
Module 10: Specific relationship problems; part 2

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.