Foundation Course in Counselling & Psychotherapy

“The First Step to a Career in Counselling and Psychotherapy”

September 23rd Intake: Places available. Apply Now. Ph: 0863954939.

October 21st Intake: Places available. 
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Oct. 21/22, Nov 18/19, Dec 9/10, Jan 13/14, Feb 3/4, 17/18, Mar 3/4, 24/25. 

The GCS Foundation is an essential prerequisite for a career in counselling and Psychotherapy. The GCS foundation prepares you for entry to further professional training in helping you meet the entry requirements of the approved professional training programmes recognised by the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP) and the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP). 

The GCS Foundation course is accepted and highly regarded by the established Colleges and Institutes throughout Ireland. Now in its 23rd year, the Foundation holds a solid reputation for offering a unique and exciting programme providing a creative experiential training approach facilitated by a minimum of three experienced and qualified trainers and accredited psychotherapists. 

Suitable for anyone interested in one or more of the following:

- A career in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Psychology. 

- Personal development: transform your understanding of yourself and others.

- Develop your counselling skills in the workplace.

- Meet the required personal development work suggested by a training Institute, prior to starting professional training.

- Free expert independent guidance to a Career in Counselling and Psychotherapy for students on the Foundation. Guidance is crucial in choosing a professional training course as standards vary considerably and not all degree and diploma programmes meet the established professional standards. Some lack sufficient personal development work and may offer little or no support in the way of placements.  

Course Content  Course Ethos

Person Centred Therapy

Body Psychotherapy 

Art Therapy 

Psychoanalytical theory

Gestalt Therapy

Existential Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Counselling Skills 

Advantages of enrolling on the GCS Foundation:

1. A weekend based intensive course with three accredited and experienced facilitators present on each weekend. 

2. High quality level of ongoing personal development work. Insufficient personal development is the main reason for failing to gain entry to professional training.

3. Access to expert independent guidance is available to all Foundation students, regarding suitability for this field and assistance to gain entry to the established professionally recognised courses with the highest standard of training. We have 23 years of feedback from students on their experience of the various training programmes available. 

4. Theoretical learning, skills and personal development run in conjunction throughout the 8 weekends, as is best practice. 

5. Includes Followup support for professional training guidance. 

On completing the course you'll join previous participants in gaining entry to IACP and IAHIP recognised Diplomas, BA, Masters or Doctorate programmes in counselling, psychotherapy, and psychology. Past students now work in universities, colleges, schools, health boards, prisons, addiction centres, primary care, paid voluntary centres and in private practice. Contact with previous or present students can be arranged on request. 

Entry Requirements

A willingness to engage in a personal process of self exploration, self awareness work, self challenge and be open to feedback. To be in a position to commit yourself to attend all course weekends between the hours stated. 

Venue & Dates

The Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co. Galway, overlooking Galway bay and the Burren. Furbo has a beach, walks, and a small labyrinth. 

Application procedure and Fees

Complete the online application form: Apply Online Now. The course fee is €1450. All Fees paid are non returnable and non transferable. Payment details here

Please note that the GCS Foundation is a access course only, designed for meeting the entry requirements of professional training programmes. A foundation certificate is given to each participant on satisfactory completion of all four course assignments, participation in the feedback day, and a minimum 88% attendance. The foundation course is equivalent to and accepted by colleges requiring a one year 100 hour certificate programme. Foundation programmes are not normally QQI validated.     


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