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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_HCOUN_6
  • Field of StudyCounselling
  • Type of CourseHigher Certificate
  • Type of QualificationHigher Certificate
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date26th April 2019
  • Start DateSeptember 2019
  • Level6
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
  • Fees

    €2,300

The Higher Certificate in Arts Counselling Skills course is being offered to students who have successfully completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills or its equivalent. It aims to consolidate and expand upon the One Year Certificate foundational training, thus providing students with an introduction to counselling for use in their existing work or voluntary settings. The course also aims to facilitate interested students to reach the level of training and development required to work with clients during the professional practitioner training programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy in B.A. Years 3 and 4.

 

Course Brochure >>

 

Course Fee: €2,300

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a four year course comprising the following:
Year 1: The One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills
Year 2: The Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills
Year 3 and Year 4: Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

 

 


Course Content


The course is offered over two semesters from September to May. Each semester has 5 modules. The following are the key components of course content:


Part I Counselling Theory
  • Ego states –Theory and Application
  • Life Script - Theory and Application
  • Group process - Theory and Application
  • Developmental theory

Part II Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Counselling skills – theory and practice
  • Writing a Counselling Process review
  • Counselling skills practice, review and feedback
  • Counselling skills application

Part III Experiential Group Process

The purpose of the Experiential Group Process module is to provide the students with a facilitated group experience through which they will have the opportunity to develop, expand and consolidate Personal process competencies which are necessary for their development as Counselling trainees.


Duration

The course will be offered on a part-time basis for the duration of the academic year. The regular sessions will be held on week evenings - 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Alternatively some of the sessions may be held on Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm. When a Saturday is involved, it will replace two evening sessions. During Year 2, there will be two weekend workshops in addition to the regular weekly sessions. There will also be five evening skills workshops.


Attendance

Attendance at all sessions is a requirement. Personal Therapy: Students are required to undertake 30 personal therapy weekly sessions during the Higher Certificate course. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist.


Dual Relationships

Due to the personal and experiential nature of the course, it is generally not possible to have staff or students with significant existing personal or professional relationships in the same course group. Where possible, every effort is made to overcome this difficulty by placing them in separate groups. Oftentimes this solution is not possible and in these instances, a dual relationship may prevent the applicant from being offered a place on the course at that time.


Award

The Higher Certificate is awarded on the basis of satisfactory attendance as well as the submission of written work and the satisfactory completion of practical and experiential assignments. The Higher Certificate recognises that the student has undertaken a comprehensive training in Counselling Skills which should enable him/her to practice a full range of counselling skills within a pre-existing role. It is not a professional qualification in Counselling and does not qualify the holder to practice as a Professional Counsellor. To achieve a professional qualification, it is necessary to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Pscyhotherapy, (Years 3 and 4).

Applicants for 2019/2020 must

  • Be over 25 years of age at the date of registration.
  • Have successfully completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills (not the Higher Certificate) or its equivalent through alternative prior learning.
  • Be assessed through interview or progression assessment for internal students
  • Submit two written references (for applicants who have not already been on a prior stage of the course)

    • The Referees should be people who have known you for some substantial time, who are not related to you, and who are in a position to comment objectively on your readiness for the course. 

    • You will need to print two copies of the reference form. You should give a copy of the reference form and the Course Brochure to each referee. 

    • References should be returned confidentially by the referees by Friday 26th April 2019. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references have been submitted by the closing date.

    • References should be submitted to Dr Maria Bowens, Block G, Department of Applied Social Studies, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork by Friday 26th April 2019.
     
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview in late May 2019.
National Vetting Bureau

CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. For more information, please click here

Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:

  1. to not register a student;
  2. to remove an existing registered student;
  3. to delay the student’s practice placement modules.

In all circumstances, it is the applicant student’s responsibility to proactively disclose any convictions/cases pending. The Institute reserves the right to inform any placement agency of the existence of any convictions/cases pending.

 

  • Online application is closed for course commencing in September 2019.
     
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

    Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please download and complete this document (which is to be inserted with your online application form):
    • Employment details
    • Education and Training
    • Personal Development experience
    • Experience as a helper using Counselling Skills
    • Confidential Personal Statement
    • Recognition of Prior Learning (for applicants who are seeking exemption from the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills course)
  • Two written references are also required for applicants who have not already been on a prior stage of the course. The Reference Forms must be printed, completed, and submitted to CIT by the closing date (26th April 2019). You can download the Reference Form by clicking the 'Overview Tab' above .
     
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview in late May.

 

Enquiries

Regarding the course to:

⇒  Úna Coakley
      E-mail: una.coakley@cit.ie
      Tel: 021 4335315

⇒  Dr Maria Bowens
      E-mail: maria.bowens@cit.ie
      Tel: 021 4326214

Regarding the application form to:
⇒  Helen Dillon 
     Tel: 021 4335310
     Email: helen.dillon@cit.ie

All Applicants to the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills will be required to undergo Garda Vetting.

 

The Higher Certificate recognises that the student has undertaken a comprehensive training in Counselling Skills which should enable him/her to practice a full range of counselling skills within a pre-existing role. It is not a professional qualification in Counselling and does not qualify the holder to practice as a Professional Counsellor. To achieve a professional qualification, it is necessary to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Pscyhotherapy, (Years 3 and 4).

 

MA in Integrative Psychotherapy

This programme is a postgraduate course of study and training in Integrative Psychotherapy for practitioners who have completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours)  in Counselling and Psychotherapy or its equivalent. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Psychotherapy profession.

Please click here for detailed programme information.

For detailed information on modules, please click below 

 

View Modules

 

 

 

€2,300

Course Details

Part-time Information

  • All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
  • Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
  • Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions. Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.
  • Some candidates may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning based on previous academic or work experience. If you think you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning, please check out www.cit.ie/rpl

For more information on fees, please visit www.cit.ie/fees/students/parttime

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