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Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy MA in Integrative Counselling


This comprehensive and rewarding course offers you both a stimulating learning experience and an enjoyable introduction to the world of counselling and psychotherapy. The four distinct course modules follow a natural progression from personal development and theoretical approaches to the skills practice and an overview of counselling and psychotherapy as a profession. You can expect a mix of traditional classroom-style and more hands-on experiential learning, with the opportunity to forge real and often lasting connections with your colleagues. Our classes typically include students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, offering opportunities for rich interpersonal sharing and learning. Indeed, in keeping with the ethos of counselling and psychotherapy, each student’s individual story is respected, and their unique talents encouraged throughout the course.




This course is for those who wish to learn more about both the inner workings of counselling and psychotherapy and themselves as individuals. It will also appeal to those who intend to pursue a career in the field and become an IACP accredited professional or who wish to incorporate counselling knowledge and skills into their current personal/ professional lives.




The course aims to be both intellectually stimulating and useful. The skills and knowledge acquired may be effectively applied to any number of ‘real life’ situations and professions. These skills may include increased self-awareness and empathy, improved communication and listening abilities, and a range of counselling tools that can enhance interpersonal relationships. Students wishing to pursue a career in the field will also be provided with the essential foundational elements needed as part of enrolment for a further qualification, such as our BSc Honours Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy


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Venues: Cork, Dublin (Drumcondra), Dublin West, Kilkenny and Limerick (Belfast Click here for further details

100 hours


Application Deadline: 23rd of February 2019


Timetables* & Venues:

Dublin: Respond! - High Park Campus, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9


Saturdays & Sundays Every Second Week - 9.30 am - 4.30 pm


Dublin Start Date: Saturday 9th March 2019

Dublin End Date: Saturday 13th July 2019*


Dublin West: Dublin West Education Centre, Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24


Mondays & Wednesdays Every Week - 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm


1 Saturday - 13th July 2019 - 9.30am - 4.30pm


Dublin West Start Date: Monday 11th March 2019

Dublin West End Date: Saturday 13th July 2019*


Cork: Cork Education Support Centre, The Rectory, Western Road, Cork 


Saturdays & Sundays Every Second Week - 9.30 am - 4.30 pm


Cork Start Date: Saturday 9th March 2019

Cork West End Date: Saturday 13th July 2019*


Kilkenny: Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny


Saturdays & Sundays Every Second Week - 9.30 am - 4.30 pm


Kilkenny Start Date: Saturday 9th March 2019

Kilkenny End Date: Saturday 13th July 2019*


Limerick: Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick


Saturdays & Sundays Every Second Week - 9.30 am - 4.30 pm


Limerick Start Date: Saturday 9th March 2019

Limerick End Date: Saturday 13th July 2019*


*Please note that timetables are provisional and may be subject to change.

Applicants should feel that they possess a maturity to reflect on their own development as a person.

Award: PCI College Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy 


Accreditation: Upon completion of this course, students will be invited to apply to our Middlesex University BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Level 6 FHEQ - Comparable to Level 8 NFQ).  The PCI College Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (awarded in Year 3 of the Degree Programme) is fully accredited by the IACP in all PCI College venues. 


Places on the Certificate course are limited to 20 in each venue so we would encourage you to Book Your Place as soon as possible. 

We also have a Blended Learning Certificate available for those who would like to study at their own pace from home.

  • Personal Development
  • Overview of Theorists & Key Approaches
  • Counselling Skills
  • Introduction to the profession of counselling & psychotherapy


Assessment: Assignments - Taught and Designed to a level comparable to Level 6 on NFQ.




You can expect to learn more about yourself and your inner processes, and how this may inform your everyday life. This is fostered by the lecturer’s creation of a safe, supportive learning environment that encourages and respects your unique journey. You will be introduced to some of the key forefathers and mothers of psychotherapy, as well as the theoretical frameworks that continue to inform the field today. You will learn some of the essential ‘baseline’ skills of the counselling relationship and have the chance to practice these in a live setting via small group work with your colleagues. Lecturers will be on hand to provide guidance and feedback. The final module aims to give you a brief introduction to the field of counselling and psychotherapy as a profession before offering an opportunity to integrate learning acquired from across the course. Time is also given for students to reflect on their individual experiences and consider the group’s achievements as the course comes to an end.

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Full Price - €1480.00
Deposit - €450.00

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Quality Checked by the NCS


PCI College is delighted to announce that its in-class Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy has become the first foundation course of its kind in the Republic of Ireland to receive ‘Quality Checked Training’ status from the National Counselling Society (NCS). This means that the NCS, who are based in the UK, have extensively reviewed and approved the course's content and delivery, deeming it to be worthy of their high standards. This comes after lengthy collaboration between Programme Leader Simon Forsyth and the NCS and reflects the course's excellence.


The National Counselling Society was established in 1999 and plays an important role within the profession of counselling in the UK. Their ethos is that counselling is a unique vocation and that this should be reflected in all related policies. They act to protect counselling from inappropriate regulation if they feel it could harm the work of counsellors and the diversity, creativity and range of training options that currently exist within the profession. For more information, please visit the Society's website here.


To register with the NCS, please click here to download the application form.




What our Students Say

"Powerful teaching methods that gave a lot of food for thought which challenged and expanded my self awareness"
Certificate Student 2013, Dublin West

What our Students Say

"I like the fact there is a plan for each lesson; I like the level of notes supplied and I like the different types of learning e.g. role-play, videos etc"
Certificate Student 2013, Belfast
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