Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills

ICHAS will be commencing the Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills on Monday 21st February 2022, for 10 weeks (6:00 pm to 9:00 pm) from our campus at Griffith College Dublin. Delivery of the course will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions, but it is envisaged that the course will be delivered in a classroom setting.

This course is designed to give students a real insight into the area of Counselling, developing foundation level skills in the discipline.

This Certificate programme is 10 ECTS at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualification (NFQ) and is one module from the first year of our BA (Hons) programme.  Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a College Certificate and a record of Credits.  In addition to this  successful participants have the option to progress on to the suite BA Degree Programmes offered at the college.

Should you wish to proceed with the ICHAS Degree Programme, tuition fees will be reduced, pro-rata (€500.00) by the course fee paid to obtain the Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills.  Students would also be exempt from class attendance for this module on the BA Programmes.

  • Award Title:  Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills
  • Duration: 10 Weeks, one evening per week
  • Delivered: In person in a classroom setting subject to Covid-19 guidelines
  • Start Date: Monday 21st February 2022
This course will be offered at the following locations

Limerick: The next Limerick Certificate course will start place part-time on Thursday 27th January 2022 and will be completed over a 10 week period (one evening per week 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm) – The course will be delivered in line with current COVID – 19 however it is envisaged that it will take place in person in a classroom setting.

Open for Registration

 

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 24th January 2022

Timetable:
Thursday 27th January Thursday 3rd February Thursday 10th February Thursday 17th February Thursday 24th February
Thursday 3rd March Thursday 10th March Wednesday  16th March Thursday 24th March Thursday 31st March
Please note that class dates/times may be subject to change. Courses are subject to viable cohort.

The fee for this course is €800

Dublin: The next Dublin Certificate course will take place Monday February 21st 2022, for 10 weeks (6.00 pm to 9.00 pm)  from Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin. Open for Registration

Closing Date for Applications: Thursday 17th February 2022

Timetable:
February 2022  

Monday 21st

 

 

Monday 28th

 

 

 

 

March 2022 Monday 7th  

Monday 14th

 

 

Monday 21st

 

Monday 28th
 

April 2022

 

Monday 4th

 

Monday 11th

 

 

Monday 25th

 

May 2022  

Monday 9th

 

 

Fees for this programme are €800

*Please note that class dates/times may be subject to change. Courses are subject to a viable cohort.

The Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills takes place over 10 weeks. This course is designed to give students a real insight into the area of counselling in addition to developing foundation-level skills in the discipline.

This programme is an QQI, Level 6, 10 ECTS (NFQ) module and is one module from the first year of our BA (Hons) programme.  You will receive a College Certificate and a record of Credits upon successful completion of the module.

This module is 10 credits from the first year of the BA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy/Addiction/Youth Studies within ICHAS College and successful participants on the certificate programme have the option to progress on to the BA degree programmes at the College.  Should you wish to proceed with the ICHAS Degree Programme, tuition fees for this degree will be reduced, pro-rata (€500.00) by the course fee paid to obtain the Certificate in  Essential Counselling Skills 1. Students would also be exempt from class attendance for this module on the B.A. Programmes.

 Can I study this programme on a full or part-time basis?

This programme is available only on a part-time basis and will run 1 evening per week over 10 weeks from 6.00 to 9.00pm

Fees

Fees for the course are €800. A central principal of ICHAS is the provision of flexible and affordable education for all.  Students can pay in instalments if preferred.

Structure of Course The Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills is a 10-week programme. The subjects covered are designed to be both practical and theoretical leading to a broad understanding of counselling as a profession and providing participants with foundation level skills in:

  • Understanding the distinctions between counselling/psychotherapy and differing types of helping
  • Exploration skills in counselling -use of opening questions, attending, listening, use of restatements and reflection of feelings
  • Facilitating the arousal of emotions and supporting clients to share appropriately in therapy
  • Understanding the therapeutic relationship
  • Use of self-disclosure in counselling
  • Working with clients to achieve insight and construct meaning of experiences
  • The listening helper; qualities, skills and knowledge. Core conditions of congruence, empathy and UPR
  • Establishing rapport and client engagement
  • Addressing relational issues in the therapeutic alliance
  • Closing skills and disengagement at the end of the session
  • Demonstrating the use of core conditions in the counselling framework

Reflection on content and process of a counselling session

How will I be assessed? The assessment for this programme involves a client interview and an evaluation.

What supports will I have? ICHAS is a college with a proven track record in delivering high-quality education. At ICHAS, every lecturer and member of staff is committed to this ideal and to its implementation. We work on an individual basis with our students to bring this about, ensuring we meet your specific needs. We also have a proven track record of working with our students to overcome any barriers to progression that may occur in your course.

Who Awards My Qualification and how well recognised is it? The course was revised in 2015 and is validated by Quality and Qualification Ireland (QQI). QQI is an Irish awarding body and sets standards for awards they make on the NFQ. QQI has overall responsibility for the quality of 3rd level academic programmes in Ireland. See www.qqi.ie for further information.

Where can I progress to on completion of the course? Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills, students will be eligible to apply for a place on the BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

To join the Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit the online application form and provide any requested information.

If you have any difficulty in applying for this course, then please contact the college on 061 216288 where we will be only too pleased to assist you.

This Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills is intended to be an introductory course to the area of counselling and psychotherapy. You will benefit from enhanced communication skills including active listening, and come to better appreciate the role of empathy and understanding in many contexts.

The certificate will not entitle you to practice as a counsellor. For that, a longer and more intensive programme of study such as the BA (Hons)  in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Level 8  is necessary. However, for those who wish to enhance their empathy, communication, and listening skills, and take advantage of the benefits this will afford in their personal and professional life; the certificate is an excellent choice.

This Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills has many unique features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland, these include;

  • It is on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • The certificate is derived from a programme that has recently been revalidated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), ensuring up to date teaching methods, programme content and quality.
  • It is delivered by lecturers who work in this field, who are passionate about your education and dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
  • It covers topic areas that are relevant to society.

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Available at our Dublin and Limerick Campuses

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