Counselling Skills (Higher Certificate)
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Application Closing Date:
7th April 2022
- Applicants must be 26 years of age or older on January 1st of year of application.
- Must have successfully completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills in MTU.
- Be assessed through interview or progression assessment for internal applicants.
National Vetting Bureau
MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. For more information, please click here.
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Higher Certificate Course Fee for the academic year 2021/2022: €2,300
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 (OYC)
→ Year 2: The Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills (HC)
→ Year 3 and Year 4: Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (BA1, BA2)
The Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills course is being offered to students who have successfully completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills. It aims to consolidate and expand upon the One Year Certificate foundational training, thus providing students with an introduction to counselling for use in their existing work or voluntary settings. The course also aims to facilitate interested students to reach the level of training and development required to work with clients during the professional practitioner training programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Bachelor of Arts - Years 3 and 4
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:
- Counselling Theory
- Counselling Skills
- Experiential Group Process
- Ego states – theory and application
- Life Script - theory and application
- Group process - theory and application
- Developmental theory
- Level 2 Counselling skills – theory and practice
- Writing a Counselling Process review
- Counselling skills practice, review and feedback
- Counselling skills application
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, expand and consolidate personal process competencies which are necessary for their development as counselling trainees.
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, a dual relationship may prevent the applicant from being offered a place on the course at that time.
Duration & Delivery
The course will be offered on a part-time basis for the duration of the academic year. The regular sessions will be held on week evenings - 6.30pm to 9.30pm, also on Friday afternoon/evening, or Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm. During year 2, there will be two weekend workshops in addition to the regular weekly sessions. There will also be five evening skills workshops.
Attendance at all sessions is a requirement.
Students are required to undertake a minimum of thirty sessions of personal therapy during the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist.
Higher Certificate in Counselling Skills (120 ECTS, Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications)
The Higher Certificate is awarded on the basis of satisfactory attendance as well as the submission of written work and the satisfactory completion of practical and experiential assignments. The Higher Certificate recognises that the student has undertaken a comprehensive training in counselling skills which should enable them to practice a full range of counselling skills within a pre-existing role.
This course does not provide a professional qualification in counselling and does not qualify the holder to practice as a professional counsellor.
To achieve a professional qualification, it is necessary to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Pscyhotherapy, (BA1 BA2).
The Higher Certificate recognises that the student has undertaken a comprehensive training in counselling skills which should enable them to practice a full range of counselling skills within a pre-existing role. It is not a professional qualification in counselling and does not qualify the holder to practice as a professional counsellor. To achieve a professional qualification, it is necessary to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Pscyhotherapy, (BA1 BA2).
MA in Integrative Psychotherapy
This programme is a postgraduate course of study and training in Integrative Psychotherapy for practitioners who have completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy or its equivalent. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Psychotherapy profession.
Please click here for detailed programme information.
- 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 online' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
- If you previously completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills please download and complete this Supplementary Information Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills
When completed, upload this form to the section titled “Supporting Documentation” in your online application
No further documents are required at this time
Your application will not be processed unless this form – Supplementary Information Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills – is completed and uploaded to your online application.
If you are currently a student of the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills you do not need to complete the Supplementary Information Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills
An assessment panel will review all applications.
An assessment panel composed of the current tutors of the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills will be involved in the assessment decisions regarding readiness to progress for current students. These applicants are not required to attend for interview.
Applicants who have previously completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills at MTU (formerly CIT) will be invited for interview.
- All applicants must complete the online application.
- If applicable, upload the Supplementary Information Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills to the online application in the section titled “Supporting Documentation”.
- No further documents are required at this time.
Course Commencing 26th September 2022
Applications Open 7th February 2022. Application Deadline 7th April 2022.