IICP Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies

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The IICP – Institute of Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy is running a Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies.

This Programme is the perfect entry point for those considering a career in counselling and psychotherapy as it contains an excellent mix of theory, skills and personal development.

All IICP teaching staff are therapy practitioners, which means they put their teaching into a real-world context.

Remote/Blended Learning options available

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IICP Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies Programme Aims

Upon completion, learners should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate broad elementary knowledge of two main therapy approaches; Person Centred Therapy and Choice Theory/Reality Therapy;
  2. Describe the evolution of counselling and psychotherapy from historical to contemporary perspectives;
  3. Discuss mental illness and its treatment, including modern therapeutic approaches;
  4. Identify the scope and limitations of counselling and psychotherapy;
  5. Appreciate basic ethical considerations for working with others;
  6. Describe the essential components of a therapeutic relationship;
  7. Engage in simulated practice of basic counselling practice;
  8. Apply core counselling and psychotherapeutic skills in simulated practice;
  9. Participate in reflective exercises in one-to-one and group settings;
  10. Consider the role of the self in the therapeutic relationship;
  11. Recognise the limitations of one’s own knowledge, skills and competencies; and
  12. Communicate effectively in academic and practice settings.

Entry Routes

This programme is suitable for those either working in the helping professions or interested in seeking to develop their awareness of what is involved in training as a counsellor/psychotherapist.

  • A qualification recognised at level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) such as the Leaving Certificate is required for entry onto this programme.
  • Those with substantial life experience can also apply under IICP recognition of prior learning and experience policy.


The programme consists of three introductory modules in the subjects of Counselling Theory, Counselling Skills and Personal Development. It is a highly interactive programme, delivered through a variety of teaching approaches such as lectures, group discussion, experiential work, individual exercises, and self-directed learning.

Student Benefits & Support

As IICP certificate is conferred at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), it evidences the rigour required for a quality programme of learning. The dynamic mix of theory, skills, group work, practice and personal development ensures learners grow academically, professionally, personally and interpersonally within frameworks that are on the cutting edge of best practice.

Validation of Award

This Certificate is a Special Purpose Award validated by QQI at level 6 on the NFQ. 20 ECTS Credits

Course Dates

Friday 17 June 2022 6.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday 18 June 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Sunday 19 June 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday 15 July 2022 6.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday 16 July 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Sunday 17 July 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday 19 August 2022 6.00pm-10.00pm
Saturday 20 August 2022 9.00am-5.00pm
Sunday 21 August 2022 9.00am-5.00pm

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