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 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.
- If English is your second language you are required to submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) cert at Level 5.5, or equivalent. For more information please click HERE
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.
- Summer weekend intake: The modules are delivered from June 2020 to August 2020 and consist of six full training days (Saturdays & Sundays) and four evening sessions (Fridays).
Each module carries its own assessment, which is based on a continuous assessment strategy.
Online Classroom Delivery
Our online classes are run as tutorials, that involve students and their lecturer logging into our online portal Zoom™ simultaneously.
Zoom™ provides and integrative online environment for students and Lecturers to interact and engage in the learning. This platform facilitates discussion polls, sharing of slides, videos resources and much, much more.
To foster more intimate learning environments the use of breakout rooms is also implemented, allowing for the safe and experiential triadic learning practice that we have found so successful.
All of our sessions are accessible through computer and mobile devices and we have a structured and robust technology department to support all faculty and students through their online learning journey. To encourage flexibility, and ss best practice, we also record all our sessions, these are made accessible only to the students in that class to review content whenever is convenient to them!
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
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
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(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!
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.
There is no interview requirement for the Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies. To apply you simply need to complete the online application form and submit along with your deposit of €390.
Please note due to the current Covid -19 restrictions, our office team are working remotely. Therefore we would encourage you to apply online for speedy process of your application. Should you have any questions in relation to making your online application please contact Triona on 086-0499154.
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