Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated by the Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Course Content
The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 1: Re-appraisal, Approaches & Theories of Counselling
In this unit, the student has the opportunity to review their knowledge of counselling theories that are, the foundations for family counselling practice. In particular, consideration will be given to the concept “family cycle” which will draw on the psychological approaches of: Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Ellis, Jung and Egan. These approaches are fundamental in understanding the psychology of the practice good counselling.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 2: The Psycho-dynamic Approach Relevant to Family Counselling
The unit explores how the psycho-dynamic approach in psychology is a founding concept in counselling. How it works? How it is use and applied in family therapy.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 3: The Cognitive Behavioural Approach to Family Counselling
The unit helps the student to re-explore cognitive behavioural therapy an approach that is a frequently applied in counselling. In doing so, the application of this approach to a variety of family presenting circumstances: relationships, dynamics and reasons for therapy, will be carefully explored.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 4: The Person-centred Approach
This unit helps the student re-explore person-centred therapy an approach that is a crucial foundation for family counselling. We will specifically consider the work of Maslow; Piaget and Fraud. The wider application and conceptualisation of this approach in a variety of family presenting circumstances, is explored.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 5: Ethics, Consent, Counsellor Responsibilities and Historical Background
This unit will enable the student to explore some of the many practical aspects of ethical good practice. What are ethical responsibilities; boundaries and limitations? Consent and informed consent; signposting and closure.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 6: Main Concepts
Having explored the foundations for good counselling and practice; this unit now focuses on the concepts that define the family: – shape, size, dynamic, life cycle, evolving nature and future. All of which, impact on the very nature of family counselling.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 7: Processes in Family Counselling (Part: 1)
Building on the former units, this unit, focuses on the ‘how to’ aspects of good practice in family counselling. It will explore: good assessment techniques, session planning, group dynamics; problem solving/solutions; construction of interventions, monitoring of interventions and good outcomes.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 8: Process in Family Counselling (Part: 2)
This unit continues the themes in unit 7. In doing so; the focus move towards: reasoning for interventions strategies; hypothesising of potential outcomes; the crucial tool of the feedback loop – other professional involvement and case conferencing and disclosure issues.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 9: Focus on Specific Problems (Part: 1).
In this unit we concentrate of specific problems that are the reasons for the referral or self-referral for therapy. These are: family dynamics; psychological disorder, alcoholism, illnesses. How these have been flagged up by the sessions and how they are approached and how they can be resolved or better managed.
Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma Unit 10: Focus on Specific Problems (Part: 2).
In this final unit we continue to explore specific problems that are the reason for family counselling. The frequently ‘taboo’ areas of abuse: substances; violence, psychological and sexual; are explored and considered.
This Accredited Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.