IICP Level 6 Certificate Programme

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Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies

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

  • Award: QQI Special Purpose Award – Level 6 Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies

  • Start Date: Thursday 22 February 2018 – 7:00pm-10:00pm

  • Format: 10 evening sessions & 4 Sunday’s over 3 months

  • Cost: €1,250 (an additional QQI registration fee of €50 also applies)


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 Requirements

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.

Course Dates

Spring Certificate (Thursday/Sunday Option)
This course runs over a period of 3 months and includes 10 evening sessions (7:00-10:00pm) plus 4 Sunday’s (9:30-4:30pm).
Thursday 22 February 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Sunday 25 February 2018 – 9:30am -4:30pm
Sunday 04 March 2018 – 9:30am -4:30pm
Thursday 08 March 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Thursday 15 March 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Thursday 22 March 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Sunday 25 March 2018 – 9:30am -4:30pm
Thursday 29 March 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Thursday 12 April 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Sunday 15 April 2018 – 9:30am -4:30pm
Thursday 26 April 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Thursday 03 May 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Thursday 10 May 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
Thursday 17 May 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm

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.

The following two payment options are available to certificate applicants:

Payment Option 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)

Payment Option 2 – Payment Plan Options Available (incurs additional PP fee*)

Flexible Payment Options Available. 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

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

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 below button and complete the online application form.
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  • Email the completed application form to triona@iicp.ie
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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 2015
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 2015
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 2015
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 2015
Learned a lot – very useful in my own life. Putting the theory into practice was most helpful.
Cynthia Cope, Certificate Student 2015
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Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies

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

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