Counselling Skills (Higher Certificate)

  • Course Code

    CR_HCOUN_6

  • Field of Study

    Counselling

  • Type of Course:

    Higher Certificate

  • Type of Qualification:

    Higher Certificate

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    The application process for academic year 2021/2022 is now closed. For information in relation to applications for academic year 2022/2023, please check this website in early February 2022.

Admission Requirements:

The application process for academic year 2021/2022 is now closed. For information in relation to applications for academic year 2022/2023, please check this website in early February 2022.

 

Applicants must

  1. Applicants must be 25 years of age or older on January 1st of year of application.
     
  2. Have successfully completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills or its equivalent through prior learning. See Section C of the Supplementary Information Form - Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills.
     
  3. Be assessed through interview or progression assessment for internal applicants. Not all applicants are invited for interview. Further details regarding this are available by clicking the “Apply Tab” above.
     
  4. Submit two references (for applicants who have not already completed a prior stage of the course).

    • 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. 

    • Please download a copy of the Reference Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills and forward it to each referee for completion. 

    References should be completed and returned confidentially by the referees. The referees must email the form to helen.moylan@cit.ie by 9th April 2021. 

    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the references have been submitted by the closing date.
National Vetting Bureau

MTU Cork uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. For more information, please click here.

Department(s)

Applied Social Studies

  • All part-time programmes at MTU Cork 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 2021 - 2022 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 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
→ Year 2: The Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills
→ Year 3 and Year 4: Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

 

Aims

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 or its equivalent. 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 B.A. Years 3 and 4

 

Course Content

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

Counselling Theory

  • Ego states – theory and application
  • Life Script - theory and application
  • Group process - theory and application
  • Developmental theory


Counselling Skills

  • 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.

 

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, 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. Alternatively some of the sessions may be held on Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm. When a Saturday is involved, it will replace two evening sessions. 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

Attendance at all sessions is a requirement. 

 

Personal Therapy

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.

 

Award

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, (Years 3 and 4).

For detailed information on modules, please click below 

 

View Modules

 

 

 

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, (Years 3 and 4).

 

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.

The application process for academic year 2021/2022 is now closed. For information in relation to applications for academic year 2022/2023, please check this website in early February 2022.

 

  1. 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. 
     
  2. 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

    Upload any other supporting documentation to this same location relating to your application for Recognition of Prior Learning (for example transcripts, certificates of completion, syllabus etc).

    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.

    Two references are also required (only from applicants who have not already completed the One Year Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills).  
     
  3. The reference forms must be downloaded and forwarded to each referee. Upon completion they should be returned by the referee by emailing helen.moylan@cit.ie no later than the closing date (Friday 9th April 2021). You can download the Reference Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills by clicking the 'Overview Tab' above.
     
  4. 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 other applicants will be required to demonstrate where prior learning matches all four learning outcomes outlined in Section C of the Supplementary Information Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills. If this is not demonstrated, those applicants will not be invited for interview.

Checklist

Have you

  1. Completed the online application.
     
  2. Uploaded the Supplementary Information Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills to the online application in the section titled “Supporting Documentation”.
     
  3. Uploaded all related documentation to your application for Recognition of Prior Learning (for example transcripts, certificates of completion, syllabus etc).
     
  4. Forwarded the Reference Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills to two referees (if applicable).
     

 

 

 

Helen Moylan
helen.moylan@cit.ie

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