Introduction to Theories of Counselling & Psychotherapy

4 Weeks
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Introduction to Theories of Counselling & Psychotherapy

This Short Online Course is specifically designed for the general public to provide an introduction to the theories of Counselling and a brief exploration of some of the more popular approaches which underpin Counselling Practice. Spread over 4 weeks, the course will introduce Counselling as a field of professional practice and look at the the types of attributes effective counsellors would be expected to manifest

Mode of Delivery: Online

Duration: 4 Weeks (6.00-8.00pm)    

Certification: The College will issue a Certificate of Attendance by email upon request

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Wednesday 06th May 2020 Wednesday 13th May 2020 Wednesday 20th May 2020 Wednesday 27th May   2020

*Scheduled course dates and times may be subject to change.

Closing Date for Applications: Applications Closed due to full capacity

Online only
Course Content will include:
Week 1

 Introduction to Counselling.

This week the content will introduce the participants to Counselling as a discipline. Counselling is essentially grounded in a relational context between the counsellor and Client. In particular this week’s session will examine the relational basis of counselling as well as the role of the counsellor and client and address issues such as the personal attributes required of effective counsellors as well as issues relating to self awareness and personal knowledge.
Week 2

Overview of Humanistic approaches in Counselling.

The content of this week’s teaching will focus on Humanistic Approaches. In particular, the material will identify the common features of Person-Centered Approaches and will examine the ‘Core Conditions’ which are assumed are necessary for human change to occur. It will build on the First Week’s work looking at the place of the Relationship in Counselling and ways of relationship building.
Week 3

Overview of Cognitive approaches in Counselling.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is considered the best researched psychotherapeutic approach and arguably has the best body of evidence underpinning its efficacy. This week will examine the core principles that underpin Cognitive Behavioural approaches and different CBT approaches in common use in practice.
Week 4

Overview of Systemic approaches in Counselling.

No man is an Island! As humans we exist within complex social arrangements in different units, be they families or communities.  Systemic therapies are founded on this understanding of the human condition. Therefore, this weeks teaching will focus on  Systems theories and systems based approaches used in Counselling.

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M.A. Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Graduate 2011

Joining ICHAS at diploma level, my aspiration was to discover what counselling was about. After the diploma and through the Level 8 and Level 9 programmes, it became more about discovering who I was and then becoming a reflective counsellor. Understanding my self was most important if I was to help others with their journey. An additional benefit from this course was meeting so many different people from different backgrounds and with different views which taught me more about working with people, as a client or otherwise.

The college, course, staff and peers enabled this journey for me, where I have become a more holistic person. Now that I have ended up with a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy through the various challenges along the way is a great achievement for me.


Sinead MCGuinness
(Graduate of the MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; BA (Hons) in Counselling and PsychotherapyBA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I began my voyage with ICHAS in Studying for the BA degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy studies was the beginning of my voyage with ICHAS. I never imaged what an amazing voyage this would be and all the amazing people I would meet along my way.  I am still on my voyage and still meeting amazing people and still learning every day. My studies with ICHAS went further than I could ever have believed with finding myself growing both on a personal and professional level. The college at all times (more…)


Patrick Fitzgerald
(BA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I came into ICHAS knowing that I wanted to help and work with people. Currently in my third year and all I can say is that I am amazed by how much I have grown both as a person and as a student. I was out of education for two years before starting and had fears and reservations about my ability as an academic and still not fully sure what I wanted to do with my life. The environment here compared to University’s or Institutes is not focused on just delivering the content and getting you through your degree or masters. Here they are looking at the individual behind the books and making sure that each student receives the same quality engagement that I have not seen anywhere else. ICHAS has allowed me over the last three years to see my true potential and ability through the stimulating learning environment here. I recommend this college to anyone looking into the areas of Counselling and Psychotherapy due to the high level of engagement with peers and lecturers.

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