Family Counselling (Level 3) Diploma

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    12 Months

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The challenging and varied role of a family support worker is ideal for anyone hoping to make a positive impact on the lives of children, young people and families

As a family support worker, you’ll offer practical help and emotional support to families experiencing short or long-term difficulties. You’ll typically be employed by local authorities’ social services departments or charitable organisations.

The focus of your role is to provide hands-on support to service users, empowering them to address various challenges, reducing problems and risks and, in some cases, helping to make sure that children can remain with their family.

You might help parents and children with a range of social and personal issues or specialise in a particular area such as domestic abuse, bereavement or homelessness.

Job titles vary and you may also be known as a:

* family intervention officer
* family outreach officer
* family welfare assistant
* key worker
* parenting support worker
* project worker.

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Price for Emagister users: You are saving € 100 buying this course as a package.

You must have one of the following qualification levels to take this course: A Level, BTEC, HND or HNC, NVQ (Level 1-5), Bachelor's Degree, Professional Diploma, Masters, Ph.D



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About this course

In the Family Counselling course, you'll delve deep into the intricacies of familial relationships and counselling techniques. You'll explore various family dynamics, understanding how these relationships impact individuals.Topics cover communication patterns within families, dealing with conflict resolution, addressing issues of abuse or dysfunction, and strategies for enhancing familial bonds. The curriculum also focuses on specific counselling techniques tailored for family settings, equipping you with the skills to navigate complex family structures, facilitate healthy communication, and apply therapeutic interventions effectively. Additionally, you'll learn to create personalised counselling plans that address the unique needs of different family units.

Family Counselling caters to individuals aspiring to specialise in counselling, particularly focusing on familial relationships. It's tailored for counselling professionals, therapists, and psychologists seeking advanced expertise in family dynamics and relationship counselling. Additionally, this course suits social workers, educators, or professionals involved in family support services, aiming to enhance their understanding of familial issues and counselling methodologies. It's also beneficial for individuals interested in becoming family counsellors or those desiring to support and strengthen family units through effective therapeutic approaches.

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Family Counselling (Level 3) and would like to take part in a highly rewarding distance learning study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Level 3 Family Counselling Diploma

All online textbooks, study guides, and learning aids designed for online learning. A full range of student services, including 12 months tutor access. Free Open Learning College branded promotional item when you enrol. A personalised award upon course completion with unlimited educational support. PDF or hardcopy certificate to show employers (employer has access to certificate validation) Life-time access to Xperience™ our innovative, interactive Student Hub. Life-time access to Career Hub our dedicated portal to support our students career aspirations. Learning for Life Pack. Invitation to job fairs and career days for your business faculty.

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  • The course is very well written. The books are of high quality.

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Course programme

Module 1: Introduction, Outline of Family Cycle and Reappraisal of Counselling Skills
  • This module focuses on the concept of the family cycle and reflects on previous counselling knowledge. Five main approaches in counselling are explored, namely, the work of Freud, Rogers, Skinner, Ellis, Jung and Egan is outlined, along with their corresponding counselling approaches. Students consider in detail the term ‘family cycle’, in terms of modern society.
Module 2: The Psychodynamic Approach Relevant to Family Counselling
  • This module examines the psychodynamic approach and its usefulness in family counselling. This approach may have special significance in the context of various family attachments and potential issues that may arise. The process of change from Freud’s original theories to the more social and relationship based approaches of the psychodynamic therapies is identified and explained.
Module 3: The Cognitive Behavioural Approach Relevant to Family Counselling
  • In this module, students gain understanding of the key concepts of the cognitive behavioural approach to counselling in the family context. Students also learn about conditioning and social cognitive theories. The module describes cognitive techniques, their applications and relevance to family counselling. Students gain confidence in the ability to integrate such components with other counselling approaches.
Module 4: The Person-Centred Approach Relevant to Family Counselling
  • In the study of this module, students learn key elements of the person-centred approach to counselling. The hierarchy of needs is explained in relation to counselling. Person-centred techniques and their relevance and application to family counselling are explored in detail.
Module 5: Ethics, Consent, Counsellor Responsibilities and Historical Background
  • This module focuses on key aims of counselling and includes confidentiality and ethical conduct within the counselling role. Students have the opportunity of considering the integration of different counselling approaches suitable for client need. Relationships within family groups are defined and explored. Boundaries or limitations of counselling are also identified and defined. The module also looks at what types of consent and responsibilities the counsellor has to seek. In addition to this, some historical background of the development of family therapy since the 1950’s is described, together with the emergence of the therapeutic concepts in use today.
Module 6: Main Concepts
  • This module addresses the family lifecycle, including nuclear and extended family influences on family life. Students gain understanding of the main concepts associated with modern family counselling.
Module 7: Processes in Family Counselling (Part 1)
  • This module explains the process of accurate and effective client assessment. The subsequent planning of counselling programmes is described. Students learn about the deconstruction of issues, engaging helpfully with family members. Also, the reframing and construction of intervention is examined. This leads to positive counselling outcomes. Students also gain confidence in the use of genograms and scoring systems.
Module 8: Processes in Family Counselling (Part 2)
  • This module continues from the previous one by discussing positive interventions, feedback loops, progressive hypothesizing and contexts of behaviour and interventions
Module 9: Focus on Specific Problems (Part 1)
  • This module considers important 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 examine alcohol and drug problems within the adult family members and their repercussions.
Module 10: Focus on Specific Problems (Part 2)
  • With the completion of this module, students gain understanding of issues surrounding abuse and its different connotations within the family. The role of the counsellor in this context is explained. Relationship difficulties between parents and children are explored, along with the challenges of child alcohol and other substance misuse.

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Family Counselling (Level 3) Diploma

Special Emagister price

£ 356 £ 456 VAT inc.