Foundation Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy

“The first step to a career in Counselling and Psychotherapy"

Have you long dreamt of becoming a counsellor or psychotherapist? Unsure of the next step? The Foundation will help guide you in the right direction. The foundation offers a powerful transformative experience as the course testimonials show. 

Commences: September 22nd, 2018. Places available. Apply Now. Deadline for applications: July 22nd. New 2018 testimonials here.

It is advisable to apply early as, due to the high level of in depth personal development process, we limit the course to a maximum of 12 participants.

The GCS foundation prepares you for entry to 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 is accepted and highly regarded by the established colleges and Institutes throughout Ireland. Now in its 24th year, the Foundation holds a solid reputation for offering a unique and exciting programme providing a creative experiential training approach facilitated by three highly 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.

- The enhancement of your counselling/interpersonal skills.

- You will receive expert independent guidance to a Career in this field. Guidance is crucial in choosing a professional training course as standards vary considerably and not all degree programmes meet the established professional standards. Some lack sufficient personal development and placements opportunities.  


Course Content  Course Ethos

Person Centred Theory

Psychoanalytical theory

Gestalt Therapy

Existential Psychotherapy

Body Psychotherapy 

Art Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Transactional Analysis

Counselling & Interpersonal skills 


Personal Development groups (experiential)

Body Psychotherapy with Elaine King
"
I enjoyed body therapy…helped me pay attention to how emotions affected me physically”. "I suffered from chronic pain from an injury I got at work four years ago and through exploring the techniques we learned in body therapy I have learned to manage my pain more effectively and I do not rely on pain relief on a daily basis now.” 

Art Therapy with Ann Marie Collins
"
Art therapy really got to my deep emotions”. “I enjoyed the freedom of the art therapy”. “The art therapy was a great experience”. 


Advantages of joining the Foundation

A 100 hour weekend based intensive course with three accredited and highly experienced facilitators present on each weekend. 

Small groups. Due to the high quality level of personal process on this course places are limited to a maximum 12 participants. Insufficient personal development is the commonest reason for failing to gain entry to professional training.

Access to expert independent guidance, regarding suitability for this field and assistance to gain entry to the established professionally recognised courses with the highest standard of training. We have 24 years of feedback from previous participants on their experience of the training programmes available. 

On completing the foundation you will join previous participants in gaining entry to IACP and IAHIP recognised reputable professional training programmes. Previous participants now work in universities, colleges, schools, health boards, prisons, addiction centres, primary care, paid voluntary centres and in private practice. Contact with previous participants can be arranged on request. 

The foundation is accepted by colleges throughout Ireland as meeting and exceeding entry requirements for professional training and is the most highly
valued and recognised Foundation course in Ireland. 


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. 

Course work

Course work includes four assignments, participation in the feedback day, and a minimum 88% attendance. A certificate is provided on completion of the course work. Please note that the Foundation certificate is not QQI awarded (as is the case for all foundation courses) as it is an access course only, designed solely to meet the entry requirements required for professional training programmes. 

Venue & Dates

The Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co. Galway, overlooking Galway bay and the Burren. Furbo has a beach, walks, and a small labyrinth. Dates: Sept. 22/23, Oct. 13/14, 27/28, Nov 17/18, Dec 8/9, Jan 5/6, 26/27, Feb 16/17.


Application procedure and Fees

Application procedure involves completion of the application form followed by an interview. Apply Online Now. The course fee is €1450. Payment details here



     

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