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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_HCOUI_6
  • Field of StudyCounselling
  • Type of CourseCertificate
  • Type of QualificationCertificate
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing DateOnline application is now closed for the academic year 2020/21. Details for the application process for the academic year 2021/2022 will be posted on the CIT website in late January/early February 2021.
  • Start DateSeptember 2019
  • Duration1 Year
  • Level6
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus

This course aims to meet the needs of people who require an introductory training in Counselling for use in their existing work or life situations. Additionally, the course aims to provide a foundational introduction for those students who wish to pursue further training in Counselling.

 

Course Fee: €2,000

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



Please click here for information on the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills

Please click here for information on the Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
 

 
Duration

The course is offered on a part-time basis for the duration of the academic year as follows:

  1. Theory and Application Programme – one evening per week - Mondays 6.30pm - 9.30pm.
     
  2. Counselling Skills Workshops - one additional evening every three to four weeks 6.30pm - 9.30pm.
     
  3. Experiential Group Process: Either 10 Saturdays (10 am to 5 pm) or a combination of Saturdays and evenings (6.30 pm to 9.30 pm) or a Friday afternoon/evening spread throughout the year. Dates for these are arranged when the course begins.

 

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 1 Counselling Theory
  • Introduction to Mindfulness
  • Person centred counselling theory
  • Person centred counselling application
  • Family systems theory
  • Family systems application
  • Introduction to Developmental theory
  • Change and loss


Part 2 Counselling Skills
  • The core skills of counselling – theory and practice
  • Forming a helping relationship
  • Counselling Skills practice, review and feedback
  • Counselling Skills application

     
Part 3 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 Personal process competencies which are necessary for their development as Counselling trainees.

 

Attendance

Attendance at all sessions is a requirement.

 

Personal Therapy

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 20 sessions of personal therapy during the One-year Certificate Course. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist. 

 

Award

The One Year Certificate is awarded by Cork Institute of Technology on the basis of satisfactory attendance as well as the submission of written work and the satisfactory completion of practical and experiential assignments. The Certificate recognises that the student has successfully completed an introductory training in Counselling Skills which should enable him/her to practice basic counselling skills within his/her existing role.



NB: It is not a professional qualification in Counselling and does not qualify the holder to practice as a professional counsellor.

Admission requirements will be updated in spring 2021.

  • Be over 25 years of age at the date of registration
     
  • Be assessed through interview
     
  • Submit two written references 
    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. 
     
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, the dual relationship may prevent the applicant from being offered a place on the course at that time.

 

To Apply

  • Online application is now closed for the academic year 2020/21. Details for the application process for the academic year 2021/2022 will be posted on the CIT website in late January/early February 2021.

The One Year Certificate is awarded by Cork Institute of Technology on the basis of satisfactory attendance as well as the submission of written work and the satisfactory completion of practical and experiential assignments. The Certificate recognises that the student has successfully completed an introductory training in Counselling Skills which should enable him/her to practice basic counselling skills within his/her existing role.
 

NB: It is not a professional qualification in Counselling and does not qualify the holder to practice as a professional counsellor.
 

Please click here for information on the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills
Please click here for information on the Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

NB: This one year certificate programme is not a professional qualification in Counselling and does not qualify the holder to practice as a professional counsellor.

Please click HERE for detailed module information.

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 2020-2021 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.  For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

     
  • 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
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