WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OCT 2017
Our IACP-recognised Diploma in Counselling is a professional qualification and fulfils one of the core requirements of the accreditation process of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).This is also the base level entry qualification for application to our BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy course.
Why train with us?
Cork Counselling Services Training Institute is a professional place, with a supportive and creative atmosphere. Our training courses provide a unique and exciting way to find out who you are, learn effective skills and become a competent counsellor.
We provide a supportive and exciting training environment which offers
- Accredited since 1996 – the longest accredited IACP programme in the country
- The possibility to train for a new career while maintaining your current employment
- One of the core requirements for accreditation with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- The option to bring your Certificate to Diploma and your Diploma to Degree (BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by Coventry University)
- Training workshops divided between Cork, Kerry and Clonmel
- An experiential and applied approach so that learning is lived and practiced rather than staying solely academic
- A link to an established counselling practice so that current clinical issues remain to the fore in training
- The opportunity to complete your placement either at Cork Counselling Services in Cork City or at approved venues nationwide
- Access to clients presenting with a wide range of issues
- Highly qualified trainers both from Ireland and abroad, all of whom are practising counsellors working within recognised codes of ethics and professional practice
- A unique opportunity to reclaim joy, wonder, and creativity in your life with space and attention given to fun and celebration
- Deliberately small group sizes allowing for individual attention, group cohesion and the potential for building friendships
How to apply:
- The minimum age to apply for the course is 23 years
- Applicants are invited to submit:
- A completed Application form 1st year Diploma 2017 – Cork Course Only
- A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae
- A passport sized photograph
- Non-refundable application fee of €70 and
- 2 References (download Reference Request Letter Diploma 2017 here)
We expect our applicants to have successfully completed a Foundation in Counselling Skills Course and to have experience of personal development. Candidates who have completed other types of courses or modes of study must apply to have their learning accredited by our Training Team. Please download our Application for Accreditation of Prior Learning here.
Based on this application, individuals will be invited to attend individual interviews.
Selected candidates are then invited to a group interview.
Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course. Responsibility for final selection rests solely with the Training Team.
The course is organised on a part-time basis. The core of the training is done over two years in an ongoing training group, followed by 100 practice hours. Each group has an average of 16 members and meets on a monthly basis for residential weekends and extended workshops from October to May. To successfully complete each training year, students must have passed all three elements of training, i.e. Personal Development, Skills Training and Theory.
Once students successfully complete their second year they will then begin their 100 supervised practice hours. This can be done either at Cork Counselling Services or at an external placement in an approved setting. Other requirements of the course include external personal counselling, the keeping of a personal journal, extensive study, attendance at workshops and tutorials, theory presentation and essays, a lifespan essay, a video transcript and analysis, a case study, self and peer assessment and a short thesis.
All courses will run subject to a minimum number of participants. Cork Counselling Services reserves the right to make changes to dates, times, course content and will make effort to advise participants of any such changes in good time.
Effective training has to incorporate four components:
- Deep personal awareness
- Thorough knowledge of theory and techniques
- Skills training
- Supervised clinical practice
Cork Counselling Services Training Institute provides all of the above. In keeping with the humanistic philosophy upon which the course is based, the primary mode of training is experiential learning. Throughout the training students engage in the very process of self-exploration they are learning to facilitate in others.
Fees, Assessment & Award
The tuition fee per annum is 3,900 Euro. Please note that training fees do not cover supervision, practice hour costs, cost of accommodation for the workshops or personal counselling costs.
Assessment is continuous and based on submitted assignments, attendance, and feedback on personal development from self, peers and trainers.
A professional Diploma in Counselling is awarded to students on successful completion of their studies.