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Counselling Skills (Certificate One Year)

  • Course Code

    CR_HCOUI_6

  • Field of Study

    Counselling

  • Type of Course:

    Certificate

  • Type of Qualification:

    Certificate

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    3rd May 2019

Course duration:

1 Year

Admission Requirements:

Applicants for 2019/2020 must:

  • 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. 

    • You will need to print two copies of the reference form. You should give a copy of the reference form and the Course Brochure to each referee. 

    • References should be returned confidentially by the referees by Friday 3rd May 2019. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references have been submitted by the closing date.

    • References should be submitted to Dr Maria Bowens, Block G, Department of Applied Social Studies, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork by Friday 3rd May 2019.

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview in early June 2019.

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.

Department(s)

Applied Social Studies

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 2019/2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.  

Course fee must be paid before attending lectures.

For more information on Fees, please visit fees/students

 

Course Info Brochure >>

 

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

Aims

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.

Duration

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 (10am to 5pm) or a combination of Saturdays and evenings (6.30pm to 9.30pm) 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. To fulfil this requirement, students may be offered the option to avail of low cost counselling, if desired.

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.

Please click HERE for detailed module information.

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.

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

  • Online application is closed for course commencing 9th September 2019.
  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.
    Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply now' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
  • Please download and complete this document (which is to be inserted with your online application form):
    • Employment details
    • Education and Training
    • Personal Development experience
    • Experience as a helper using Counselling Skills
    • Confidential Personal Statement
  • Two references are also required. The Reference Forms must be printed, completed, and submitted to CIT by the closing date (3rd May 2019). You can download the Reference Form by clicking the 'Overview Tab' above .

  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview in early June.

 

 

Enquiries
  • Regarding the course to:
    ⇒  Úna Coakley:
          Tel: 021 4335315
          E-mail: una.coakley@cit.ie

    ⇒  Dr Maria Bowens
          Tel: 021 4326214
          E-mail: maria.bowens@cit.ie
  • Regarding the application form to:
    ⇒  Helen Dillon 
         Tel: 021 4335310
         Email: helen.dillon@cit.ie

 

Una Coakley
una.coakley@cit.ie
Tel: 021 4335315

Dr Maria Bowens
maria.bowens@cit.ie
021 4326214