Foundation Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Next intake: April 7th, 2018. Places available. Apply Now. Interviewing now.

Full Dates: April 7/8, 21/22, May 5/6, 19/20, June 2/3, 16/17, 30/1, July 14/15.

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.

- Developing your counselling skills in the workplace.

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

- Foundation students receive expert independent guidance to a Career in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 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

Psychoanalytical theory

Gestalt Therapy

Existential Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Counselling Skills 

Course assignments

Personal Development groups

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 enrolling on the GCS Foundation:

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

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

3. 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 students on their experience of the various training programmes available. 

4. Access to library books, articles and film.

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. 

Course assignments

A Foundation certificate is awarded by GCS to each participant on satisfactory completion of: the four course assignments, participation in the self/peer feedback day, and minimum 88% attendance. The GCS Foundation is an access course only, designed for meeting the entry requirements of professional training programmes. The foundation is accepted by colleges throughout Ireland as meeting entry requirements for professional training and is the most well recognised Foundation course in Ireland. The Foundation certificate is an internal award provided by GCS. 

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


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