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
The course is offered on a part-time basis for the duration of the academic year as follows:
- Theory and Application Programme – one evening per week - Mondays 6.30pm - 9.30pm.
- Counselling Skills Workshops - one additional evening every three to four weeks 6.30pm - 9.30pm.
- 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 at all sessions is a requirement.
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.
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.