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Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practices

Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practices


Develop key life skills essential for counselling and a wide range of other professions

The Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practices is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and serves as an excellent introduction to the area of counselling.

Why Study Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Skills and Practices at Griffith College?

This part-time Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice is designed for those who have little or no professional experience but wish to extend their knowledge of interpersonal and counselling skills prior to undertaking more advanced educational training in counselling at Degree level. It is also relevant for healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, managers, customer services, sports coaches and others.

  • Students will gain practical experience in all aspects of counselling which they can later be applied both personally and professionally.
  • Students will learn key life skills including the value of respect and genuineness and listening and understanding communication.
  • Classes conducted on a part-time basis, comprising of one evening a week for 10 weeks.
  • Small class sizes ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your counselling skills.
  • Graduates have the option to apply for further higher-level studies in the field.

Course Highlights

  • The value of respect and genuineness
  • Characteristics of effective counselling.
  • How to question effectively and phrasing inquiries to avoid offense.
  • Attending, listening and understanding communication.
  • The helping relationship & the culture of helping.
  • Goal setting within the client relationship
  • The therapeutic/working alliance.
  • Paraphrasing, clarifying and summarising communication.
  • Reflecting content and feeling

Intake Dates

We run 2 intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • October*

  • April* 

*subject to sufficient numbers

Please see the timetable section for the next course dates.



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