IICP Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies 

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The IICP Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies  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.

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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 our 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 our 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. Learners who complete this programme are exempt from the first 20 credits of our Degree.

Course Dates:

January 2024 – Thursday evenings with some full Sundays spread out between January and April 2024.          


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IICP – Institute of Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy provide a comprehensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and programmes for Counsellors, Psychotherapists and others working in the helping profession.

Over the past 16 years, IICP have built up a reputation for delivering professional, high quality CPD courses focusing on in-demand areas such as Counselling, Family Therapy, Integrated Supervision, Mindfulness, Anger Mangement and Supervision, Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy amongst others. All our CPD courses are competitively priced and undergo regular quality checks to ensure the highest level of training is being provided. IICP offer a variety of IACP validated and QQI accredited courses ranging from Certificate level up to Masters Degree level.

At IICP, we desire to contribute a community dimension to the development of mental health care and counselling through the use of a practical, cutting-edge and integrative model, which formed the basis for this pioneering and innovative programme. We consider that training in counselling and psychotherapy is an inter-disciplinary endeavour, a combination of art and science to include, amongst others, the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology.


Steven Galvin

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