Our Certificate Programme is the perfect entry point for those considering a career in counselling and psychotherapy as it contains an excellent mix of theory, skills and personal development. All IICP teaching staff are therapy practitioners, which means they put their teaching into a real-world context.
Upon completion, learners should be able to:
- Demonstrate broad elementary knowledge of two main therapy approaches; Person Centred Therapy and Choice Theory/Reality Therapy;
- Describe the evolution of counselling and psychotherapy from historical to contemporary perspectives;
- Discuss mental illness and its treatment, including modern therapeutic approaches;
- Identify the scope and limitations of counselling and psychotherapy;
- Appreciate basic ethical considerations for working with others;
- Describe the essential components of a therapeutic relationship;
- Engage in simulated practice of basic counselling practice;
- Apply core counselling and psychotherapeutic skills in simulated practice;
- Participate in reflective exercises in one-to-one and group settings;
- Consider the role of the self in the therapeutic relationship;
- Recognise the limitations of one’s own knowledge, skills and competencies; and
- Communicate effectively in academic and practice settings.
This course is suitable for those seeking to pursue their awareness and development in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and/or who work in the helping/caring professions.
A level 5 qualification is required for entry onto this programme. Those with substantial life experience can also apply under our recognition of prior learning and experience policy.
The programme is highly interactive and taught through role-play, lectures, group work and audio/video presentations. The ethos of the programme reflects the Quality School model of Choice Theory/Reality Therapy/Lead Management, which promotes a warm, safe environment that is free from fear, criticism and coercion. Participants will have the opportunity to produce and participate in individual written assignments, group projects and group work.
IICP utilise Continuous Assessment (CA), as this mode enables learners to achieve positive learning outcomes throughout the full programme of study. The assessment strategy for the programme focuses on enabling learners to retain the knowledge, skills and competence gained from each module in a meaningful and purposeful way and allow them to reflect on how they can incorporate the learning as part of their overall growth. Assessments will include practical work, individual and group projects and written assignments.
This course runs over the following three full weekends:
- Friday 16 June 2017 – 6:00pm-10:00pm
- Saturday 17 June 2017 – 9:00am-5:00pm
- Sunday 18 June 2017 – 9:00am-5:00pm
- Friday 14 July 2017 – 6:00pm-10:00pm
- Saturday 15 July 2017 – 9:00am-5:00pm
- Sunday 16 July 2017 – 9:00am-5:00pm
- Friday 18 August 2017 – 6:00pm-10:00pm
- Saturday 19 August 2017 – 9:00am-5:00pm
- Sunday 20 August 2017 – 9:00am-5:00pm
Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy
This module aims to give the learner a broad introduction to the field of counselling and psychotherapy and the main approaches therein. Learners will explore the historical development of the profession, including an examination of societal factors influencing its growth. An overview of the main therapeutic orientations will be provided, with a particular focus on Carl Rogers’ Person Centred Therapy and William Glasser’s Choice Theory/Reality Therapy. This informative module will aide learners in developing knowledge related to human behaviour, emotions, motivation, suffering and meaning making.
Introduction to Counselling Skills
This module aims to introduce the learner to the basic and intermediate skills of counselling. Learners will be coached in a range of key skills that will facilitate effective listening within the helping relationship. Learners will explore the characteristics of an effective listener and examine the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard within the helping relationship. Through lectures, practice and participation, learners will become increasingly aware of listening blocks. With an experiential and practice-based focus, those who complete this module will have gained knowledge, skills and competencies in creating a helping relationship through the application of counselling skills.
Introduction to Personal Development
The aim of this module is to enable learners to increase their levels of self-awareness of their own personal development within the context of becoming a helper. Accurate and sensitive self-awareness underpins any type of helping relationship, as the main instrument for becoming a helper/therapist is the person themselves. This module sets out to create the necessary learning environment for this reflective work.
IICP understand that while partaking in higher education is an incredibly rewarding experience , there is a substantial commitment in terms of time, energy and finances. In order to minimise the financial impact, IICP strive to keep our course fees as competitive as possible. Instalment plans are also available to registered learners.
Note: 10% Discount on Cert applications received before Sunday 30th of April
The following two payment options are available to certificate applicants:
Payment Option 1 – Pay in Full before Start of Course
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(includes €50 QQI Fee)
Payment Option 2 – Payment Plan Options Available (incurs additional PP fee*)
Flexible Payment Options Available. Contact the IICP office to find out more!
There is no interview requirement for the Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies. To apply you simply need to download the application form below, complete and return to IICP along with your deposit of €390.
There is a high demand for the Certificate Programme, so early application is always advisable.