Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies

QQI 20 credit certificate providing an excellent introduction to the field of counselling & psychotherapy.


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.

Programme Aims

Upon completion, learners should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad elementary knowledge of two main therapy approaches; Person Centred Therapy and Choice Theory/Reality Therapy;
  2. Describe the evolution of counselling and psychotherapy from historical to contemporary perspectives;
  3. Discuss mental illness and its treatment, including modern therapeutic approaches;
  4. Identify the scope and limitations of counselling and psychotherapy;
  5. Appreciate basic ethical considerations for working with others;
  6. Describe the essential components of a therapeutic relationship;
  7. Engage in simulated practice of basic counselling practice;
  8. Apply core counselling and psychotherapeutic skills in simulated practice;
  9. Participate in reflective exercises in one-to-one and group settings;
  10. Consider the role of the self in the therapeutic relationship;
  11. Recognise the limitations of one’s own knowledge, skills and competencies; and
  12. Communicate effectively in academic and practice settings.

Entry Routes

This programme is suitable for those either working in the helping professions, or interested in seeking to develop their awareness of what is involved in training as a counsellor/psychotherapist.

  • A qualification recognised at level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) such as the Leaving Certificate 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 consists of three introductory modules in the subjects of Counselling Theory, Counselling Skills and Personal Development. It is a highly interactive programme, delivered through a variety of teaching approaches such as lectures, group discussion, experiential work, individual exercises, and self-directed learning.

  • Autumn Thurs/Sun intake: The modules are delivered from October 2019 to March 2020 and consist of three full training days (Sundays) and fourteen evening sessions (Thursdays).
  • Spring Thurs/Sun intake: The modules are delivered from March 2020 to June 2020 and consist of five full training days (Sundays) and ten evening sessions (Thursdays).

Each module carries its own assessment, which is based on a continuous assessment strategy.

Student Benefits & Support

As our certificate is conferred at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), it evidences the rigour required for a quality programme of learning. The dynamic mix of theory, skills, group work, practice and personal development ensures learners grow academically, professionally, personally and interpersonally within frameworks that are on the cutting edge of best practice.

Validation of Award

This Certificate is a Special Purpose Award validated by QQI at level 6 on the NFQ. 20 ECTS Credits

Course Dates

Day Date Time
Sunday 06-October-2019 9.30am-4.30pm
Sunday 13-October-2019 9.30am-4.30pm
Sunday 20-October-2019 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday 24-October-2019 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 07-November-2019 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 14-November-2019 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 21-November-2019 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 05-December-2019 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 12-December-2019 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 16-January-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 23-January-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 30-January-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 06-February-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 13-February-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 27-February-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 05-March-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 12-March-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Day Date Time
Thursday 19-March-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 26-March-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 02-April-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 05-April-2020 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday 16-April-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 19-April-2020 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday 23-April-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday 07-May-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 10-May-2020 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday 14-May-2020  7.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 17-May-2020 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday 21-May-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Sunday 24-May-2020 9.30am-4.30pm
Thursday  28-May-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm
Thursday  04-June-2020 7.00pm-10.00pm

Protection for Enrolled Learners

This programme is covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of IICP College ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded. Current PEL arrangements consist of a 2% levy on course fees. IICP do not pass the cost of this on to learners.

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 further education is an incredibly rewarding experience it can also be a financial challenge for some students. In order to minimise the financial impact caused to students, IICP strive to keep our course fees as competitive as possible. We also provide payment plan options to facilitate learners paying the balance of their fees throughout the duration of their course.

Year One: Payment Options

(1) Pay in Full before Start of Course

Payment Type Payment Due Payment Amount
Deposit On Application €390
Balance of Fees Before Start of Course €910
Total Paid:
(includes €50 QQI Fee)

(2)  Payment Plan Options Available (administration fee incurred*)

  • Flexible Payment Options Available. Please Contact the IICP office to find out more!

Please Note:

Bookings operate on a first paid, first secured basis so please book and pay promptly to avoid disappointment

All programmes are run subject to sufficient demand and the formation of a viable class cohort (which shall be determined in the sole discretion of IICP College). A refund of any fees paid will be given to applicants in the event that the programme does not proceed. Fees are not refundable in any other circumstances. Receipts will be made available to you/your organisation on receipt of payment. Please note all fees are due in advance of programme commencement unless you have signed up to a payment plan.

Getting Started

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.

  • To apply and pay online, simply click the relevant below button and complete the online application form.
  • Click the relevant below button to download an application form.
  • Email the completed application form to triona@iicp.ie
Autumn Thurs/Sun Intake: Online Application
Autumn Thurs/Sun Intake: Download App Form
Spring Thurs/Sun Intake: Online Application
Spring Thurs/Sun Intake: Download App Form

If you have any trouble at any stage of the application please click here to get in touch and we will be happy to help.


Why choose this Programme?

  • Perfect entry point for those with an interest in counselling and psychotherapy
  • Excellent mix of theory, skills and personal development.
  • Competitively priced course fees with payment plans available.
  • QQI validated, which guarantees high quality content and delivery
  • Incredibly high levels of student support, ensuring that learners are continually guided and supported.

What former students say about this Programme

I would highly recommend this course to anyone. Really enjoyed it. Pam was a fantastic lecturer and very easy to understand. Learning of counselling theory and then adapting this learning to everyday life was most helpful.

Michelle Keogh, Certificate Student

I can’t say enough about the facilitation skills of Rose & Suzi. The method & amount of facilitation in which all aspects of the Certificate were presented was a Joy. Not just learning the skills, but learning them in such a positive and inclusive manner. A wonderful experience!

Joe O' Rourke , Certificate Student

Extremely insightful and valuable course. Showed the potential career so clearly in a safe way. Wonderfully communicated and very patiently explained. Excellent opportunity to explore the understanding of counselling & psychotherapy theory with your peers.

Sultan Mahmoud, Certificate Student

Can’t be improved upon. I found the pace perfect and structure very clear to understand. Loved working in groups for the first assessment.

Jennifer Webb , Certificate Student

Learned a lot – very useful in my own life. Putting the theory into practice was most helpful.

Cynthia Cope, Certificate Student