Counselling Skills (Higher Certificate)
Field of Study
Type of Course:
Type of Qualification:
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Application Closing Date:
23rd April 2021
- Be over 25 years of age at the date of registration;
- Have successfully completed the One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills or its equivalent;
- Be assessed through interview;
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 23rd 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.
Applied Social Studies
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
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
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. 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 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.
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).
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 online application system will open Monday 8th February.
- 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.
- 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).
- The reference forms must be downloaded and forwarded to each referee. Upon completion they should be returned by the referee by emailing email@example.com no later than the closing date (Friday 23rd April 2021). You can download the Reference Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills by clicking the 'Overview Tab' above.
- Applicants will be required to attend for interview mid to late May 2021.
- Completed the online application.
- Uploaded the Supplementary Information Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills to the online application in the section titled “Supporting Documentation”.
- Uploaded all related documentation to your application for Recognition of Prior Learning (for example transcripts, certificates of completion, syllabus etc).
- Forwarded the Reference Form – Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills to two referees (if applicable).