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.
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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
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.
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 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.
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.
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).