Course Description

Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills (GCD)

Griffith College Dublin (GCD)

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

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

This course focuses on the development of professional skills; while it does not sit on the national framework, the module is drawn from ICHAS’s suite of QQI-validated degree programmes. This course leads to an ICHAS certificate.

Course Details:

  • The value of respect and genuineness.
  • Characteristics of effective counselling.
  • How to question effectively and phrasing enquiries to avoid offence.
  • 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

This is an ICHAS course delivered by ICHAS at Griffith College Dublin.

College Name Griffith College Dublin (GCD)
Course Category Counselling & Psychotherapy, Health Care
Course Type Classroom Based
Course Qualification Award / Certificate
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 8
Course Fee EUR 800.00
Course Duration 10 weeks
Course Times This course will run one evening per week from 6pm to 9pm over 10 Weeks
Title of Awarding Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills
Entry Requirements Open entry to participants who have an interest in studying the field of counselling.
Career Path Academic Progression: Graduates of the Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills course are eligible to advance to progress to any of the Level 7 BA programmes in the field of Counselling Skills & Psychotherapy Studies, Counselling Skills & Addiction Studies or Counselling Skills and Youth Studies within ICHAS. Career Progression: Graduates of the Certificate in Essential Counselling Skills will have a good basis for professional progression in the counselling sector while they will have developed key life skills that can be applied freely to other professions.
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