Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy –

A Stepping Stone to A Career in Counselling and Psychotherapy


This 60 hour Certificate Course is an Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy and is a foundation-level counselling and psychotherapy course with a difference!

The course is highly-interactive and combines personal development, counselling skills, and an introduction to some of the main theoretical approaches in counselling and concludes with a mindfulness workshop.

This Course serves as an excellent introduction to the area of counselling, and teaches general counselling skills that will benefit people in both their personal and professional lives, particularly those who regularly work with the public.

Our adult learners frequently describe the course as ‘a life-changing experience’, which many see as the most valuable outcome of taking the course. No previous experience is necessary to embark on the course. A willingness to participate and openness to learning is encouraged. The programme offers an access opportunity if you wish to return to education, and is a springboard for anyone wishing to follow professional training in this field.

At ICCPD personal development, self-awareness and creative expression is seen as key components of any training and education programme.

Course Content

  1. A Personal Development Module where adult learners are required to participate in personal awareness exercises, tutorials and discussions on – mental health issues, self-esteem, assertiveness training and interpersonal communication skills.
  2. An Introduction to Theory Module, where learners are introduced to some of the primary theoretical approaches in counselling, including Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural and Transpersonal Approaches.
  3. Counselling Skills and Practice Module, learners are introduced to basic counselling skills through experiential practice.
  4. A Mindfulness and Mindful-Living Workshop completes the course and supports the Holistic focus of the programme.

Entry Requirements

Interested candidates are required to complete application form, plus a brief interview (which may be conducted over the telephone) .

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to

  • communicate more effectively in your relationships

  • use counselling skills to develop more authentic relationships and to express yourself

  • reflect on your ability to change and make decisions and choices in your life

  • discuss the history and development of counselling and psychotherapy

  • practice mindfulness to support and improve your mental health
  • own and appreciate your self-worth as a person in your life journey


Assessment for this course is

  • A 1,500 word reflection on your personal growth

  • A 1,500 word essay on a theory presented

  • Participation in a 15 minute counselling skills’ interview

Satisfactory completion of this course leads to the award of an ICPPD Certificate in Introduction to Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.


Those who complete this Certificate have the option, subject to successful application and interview, to apply for entry onto the ICPPD Bachelor of Arts degree in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.


“I did this course last year which inspired me to go on to the degree programme. It’s a fantastic course and highly recommended to anyone regardless to what you do” – Evelyn Doyle.

“Thoroughly enjoyed the programme and found it very worthwhile. Best course I have been on and I have been on a few!”

“The relaxed and calm manner. The tutor’s readiness to be open and honest about themselves and also the accepting and open manner they received the class with”.

“The tutors facilitation style made me very comfortable. Very engaging”.

“For me the module was made to measure!”

“The course made me focus on all that I am which was very rewarding.”

“Different and new perspectives taken on board and new ways of thinking.”

“Brilliant for building self confidence.”

“I really enjoyed the course. I have taken a lot from it and learned a lot about myself”.

“Everyone should do a course like this once in their lifetime. I really got a lot out of it.”

“I found the module very insightful, stimulating and it provided plenty of food for reflection and self analysis and resulting growth.”

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  • Venues:
    ICPPD, Suite 11, Inish Carraig, Golden Island, Athlone, Co Westmeath;
    Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT Galway.
  • Application:
    Payment plan options may be available – please contact ICPPD for more information. To secure a place, please complete the application form and forward with a (non-refundable) deposit of €100 and two passport photos to ICPPD
  • Commencement Dates:
    Commencing: Autumn 2018 in
    Athlone & Galway
  • Duration:
    60 hour course
  • Schedule:
    This course is usually delivered one evening per week (7.00pm - 10.00pm) for 3 months and includes four Saturdays (10am-5.00pm)
  • Application Fee:
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