Certificate in Foundational Skills & Competence in Counselling & Psychotherapy

The Programme is designed for learners who wish to learn fundamental skills and competencies in counselling & psychotherapy practice. The certificate is an ideal introduction to the world of counselling and psychotherapy, offering participants the opportunity to explore this growing profession in Ireland.

It serves as an excellent introduction to the area of counselling and teaches general counselling skills that will benefit people in both their personal and professional lives. This programme is suitable for those who wish to study both Counselling and Psychotherapy at a foundational level, either to support existing roles or as a point of initial discovery as to whether or not a Major Award might be something that they wish to pursue.

  • Award Title: Certificate in Foundational  Skills & Competence in Counselling & Psychotherapy – QQI Level 6 (20 ECTS)
  • Duration: 12 Weeks
  • Tuition Fees: €1,250
  • Start Date: Sept 2021

Why choose this Programme?


The overall aims of the Certificate in Foundational Skills & Competence in Counselling & Psychotherapy are to:

  • Provide quality assured undergraduate Minor Award in Counselling and Psychotherapy related skills and competence for students who seek to develop foundational level knowledge and competence in counselling related skills
  • Commence an educational journey with a view to subsequent study in programmes which would lead to eligibility for professional accreditation.
  • Provide a programme which, through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary engagement, models best evidence-informed skills in the fields of Counselling which is well informed by psychotherapeutic theories.
  • Demonstrate heightened awareness of theoretical and applied practices in Counselling related fields.
  • Enable students to employ foundational counselling competencies by creating and modelling learning opportunities where learners can participate successfully within the context of their own strengths and abilities.
  • Provide opportunities to engage in personal reflection to enhance knowledge and greater awareness of the competencies required for professional practice.
  • Provide access routes to major awards in Higher Education in counselling related areas.

Participants take two modules to complete this programme

Module Name Aim of Module  



Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling & Psychotherapy The aim of this module is to introduce a range of theories central to counselling and psychotherapy placing them in their social, cultural, philosophical, and historical contexts.




Essential Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills The aim of this subject is to teach students the attributes and foundation skills necessary to work and understand their role in areas of practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.


Total ECTS          




The knowledge, skills, and competence required to successfully participate in and complete the Programme are outlined below:

  • All applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  • Applicants will be required to have basic IT literacy, skills, and competence,
  • For non-native speakers of English, a C score in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) or equivalent IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

It will facilitate graduates with opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare them for further studies on programmes which would lead to professional accreditation by relevant Professional Counselling Accreditation Bodies.

The Programme will afford them opportunities to develop foundational knowledge of the theories and conceptual basis of Counselling and Psychotherapeutic practice as well as foundational level skills and competencies.

This would permit such students to be prepared for advanced entry to the BA (Hons in Counselling & Psychotherapy) through RPL routes.

The Programme comprises 20 ECTS of Modular content from the First Stage of the Principal Programme.

  • Utilises “Blended Learning”
  • Benchmarked against European Association of Counselling Training Standards (2015)
  • Designed for learners who wish to develop their counselling and psychotherapy skills for both personal and professional development.
  • Successful completion of this programme means the participant will have completed 20 ECTS on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Course fees are €1,250 which is payable in full in advance of course commencement. Payment can be made by PayPal or EFT.

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Available at our Dublin and Limerick Campuses

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