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Certificate Course

Introduction

The one year  part-time Certificate in Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies offers students an opportunity to take a step by step approach to professional training. It is also an ideal add-on course if you have a job dealing with people – nurses, teachers, social workers, HR etc. The next course is starting in October 2021 and we are taking applications up to closing date of 16th June 2021.

This programme offer full credits towards the IACP-accredited BSc(Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Certificate course will allow students to deepen their knowledge of theory, practice and research in Integrative Humanistic Counselling. Our aim is to create learning conditions that support students in taking the road to professional counselling at a flexible pace that suits their particular lifestyle.

Course Structure

In keeping with the humanistic philosophy upon which the course is based, the primary mode of training is experiential learning. Throughout the training students engage in the very process of self-exploration they are learning to facilitate in others. Students will also engage in personal therapy, individual study and reading, and peer discussion groups. They will submit a number of written assignments. Upon successful completion of this course they will be eligible to apply for Year 2 of the BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, should they so wish.

The course runs on a part-time basis, with the group meeting over nine workshops between October and June each year. The first year introduces students to the particular model of trainnig and is both a stand-alone Certificate Course and a Degree Year 1 course.

The course consists of attendance at workshops, seminars and tutorials, professional presentations, assignments, and other projects.

Accreditation & Award

A Certificate in Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies (validated by Coventry University) is awarded to students on successful completion of their studies. Coventry University (in Cork’s twin city) is a dynamic and outward-looking institution with a tradition of teaching excellence, impactful research and bold international partnerships. Through Coventry’s worldwide network of collaborators in academia and industry, the 50,000 learners studying its degrees in different countries enjoy access to global opportunities, which ensure their employment prospects are enhanced.

Coventry University courses in the UK earned the title ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in the 2019 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide; the guide describes it as “one of the most innovative modern universities”. The Guardian University Guide awards it the “No. 1 Modern University in the Midlands” (2021). In the QS World University Rankings 2021, it was awarded “Top 30 in the World for International Students”.

Course Content

1 Personal Development

This is about developing your self-awareness and a consciousness of your impact and influence on others and on the world. Its about the ability to reflect, the ability to be in constructive healthy relationship with yourself and the ability to interact with and relate to others effectively. You will learn about your own internal emotions and effective ways to express them.

2 Counselling Skills

This focuses on the acquisition of key primary counselling skills, with a strong emphasis on being relational rather than becoming a skilled technician. You will observe and practice listening, making contact, communicating information, creating safe environments, demonstrating empathy, identifying and holding boundaries, recognising crisis, designing and intervening appropriately in crisis, receiving and delivering assessment and feedback. Its also an opportunity to improve your empathy with the ability to paraphrase, reflect and summarise. You will increase your ability to identify, maintain and respect boundaries and learn the importance of appropriate endings. You have a chance to learn to assess personal development in others.

3 Counselling Theory & Ethics

This will help you develop a broad and solid theoretical understanding of the main paradigms of counselling and psychotherapy with particular emphasis on the humanistic integrative model, evaluating it in comparison with other paradigms, in terms of history, philosophy, theorists, principles, perspectives, applications and issues in modern practice. You will also discover the philosophy and common principles behind ethical codes and how these apply to counselling and psychotherapy. You get to understand the basic philosophical tenets underlying the code of ethics and show familiarity with the specific ethical codes of IACP & BACP. You learn to deliver written and oral presentations to professional standards, demonstrating creativity and audience participation as appropriate.

4 Professional Development & Cultural Awareness

You will learn to facilitate the initiation and completion of counselling contracts effectively and to uphold professional and ethical duties around confidentiality and its limits, continuity of care, safety, good boundaries, consent etc.

Ethical codes will not just be viewed as written guidelines; you will have experienced interpreting, applying, writing, debating and living them. You get to have a clear understanding about fitness to practice standards and know the importance and lifelong nature of supervision.You will gain a lived understanding and knowledge of the different expressions of power, powerlessness, consent and the absence of consent.

This will help you develop your cultural and diversity awareness.  In addition, you will have an appreciation of the impact of culture and diversity on your own life experience and be attentive to its influence on your values and on the counselling relationship.

5 Introduction to Research

This aims to develop an early understanding of research and its role in the wider world and in the arena of counselling. It will introduce you to research terminology and enable you to differentiate between types of methodology. It will develop not only your skills in appraising a broad range of literature and scientific papers, and inform you on basic statistical terms and analytic processes. At the end, you will be able to evaluate a research article and when required to interpret numerical information. You will be able to describe the process of research from question finding through to presentation in a journal article.

Applicant Criteria

Prospective applicants are expected to demonstrate that they

  • are self-aware
  • are able reflect on their life experience
  • can cope with the emotional and the academic demands of the course
  • are able to self-evaluate and give and to be open to constructive feedback
  • have previous experiences of personal development, i.e. group work, personal therapy, etc.
  • are able to be relational and have the potential to develop client therapeutic relationships later
  • have an awareness and interest in diversity and inequality

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and based on submitted assignments, attendance, and feedback on personal development from self, peers and trainers. 

Fees

The current tuition fee is €3,950. There is a non-refundable application fee of €100.

The €3,950 is paid in two stages. €2,000 non-refundable deposit is paid on acceptance of a training place by a specific date notified in the letter of offer. The balance of €1,950 is due for payment before the first workshop commences. 

Questions?

See here for Frequently Asked Questions and see here for Terms and Conditions. It is important that you read and consider these as you will later be asked to consent to your agreement of these terms as part of your application.

How to Apply

There are five steps for the intake process that have to be passed. 

Step 1: 

  • Fill out our application form (which will also request a CV) online here (Please make the time to do this in one sitting as it requires full completion and drafts cannot be saved or returned to at a later date.)

Step 2:

  • Pay your non-refundable application fee of €100 online here

Step 3:

  • Get two referees to submit a reference for you online here

Please note that after completing step one, two and three, you will get a confirmation of complete application by email from us. Only at that point are you eligible to progress to next steps (interviews).

Step 4:

  • Applicants need to attend and pass an individual interview.

Step 5:

  • Applicants need to attend and pass a group interview. (Please note that both individual and group interviews generally happen on the same day.)