Choosing a professional counselling & psychotherapy training course is a big decision!
We know it takes a lot of consideration before you commit to undertaking professional training - a counselling degree will be a big investment, both financially and personally and you need to make sure you choose the right course for you and your future career. If you are looking for a course to enhance your current role or for personal development too, it is important to consider how the course is taught, and the experience and ethos of the College and lecturers.
You can read our '7 Reasons To Choose PCI College' for your counselling & psychotherapy course below or you can sign up now for our Free Taster Sessions, taking place in August & September at all of our venues. These short sessions are a great way to learn more about our courses, counselling careers and how we teach at PCI, and are available at each of our seven locations. Register here now
You can also call Lynn, Adam or Sinéad at 01-464 2268 to talk to us about your queries or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch to answer your questions.
We offer a range of courses from Certificate to Postgraduate Level:
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Here are 7 important things that PCI College offers when you choose to study with us...and 7 reasons why these are important when you are choosing your course:
1. Accredited Courses
PCI College provide professional accredited counselling & psychotherapy courses. The PCI College Diploma (awarded on completion of Year 3 of the BSc degree) is accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP).
The IACP is Ireland's largest, and most well recognised accreditation body for counsellors & psychotherapists. GP's, state-bodies, HSE professionals and others usually specifically request IACP accreditation when referring clients to counsellors. Make sure you do not choose a professional body that has little standing in the field.
2. Academic Standards
PCI College provides an honours BSc degree programme, validated by Middlesex University which is nationally and internationally recognised. Our academic standards are set in partnership with Middlesex and monitored by them on an ongoing basis. It is Level 8 on the NFQ.
Recognised academic validation is an increasing requirement within the counselling profession. As the Government moves towards statutory regulation in the coming years, a Level 8 (NFQ) honours degree, from a University or QQI is expected to be the minimum standard. Already the IACP has stated they will move to Level 8 (NFQ) only for accredited courses from 2018 and our honours BSc already fits into that category.
3. Experiential Learning
PCI College offers an approach which combines experiential, classroom-based learning with up-to-date theory and approaches. Our degree programme is only taught in a face-to-face, classroom environment and we support students in their 100 hours of client work practice.
As a professional therapist, you need to be fully comfortable with both theory and practice when you counsel clients. Our unique teaching approach ensures students gain skills and knowledge which they have practiced, tried and tested throughout their training.
4. Experienced Lecturers
Our tutors are experienced, qualified lecturers with expertise and training in a wide range of psychological and psychotherapeutic areas. Most importantly, all of our tutors are practicing counsellors.
Our lecturers bring their own valuable experience which students can learn from. This is combined with thorough training in the skills and personal development that are essential for therapists to be effective professionals.
5. Student Focused Training
PCI College has a person-centred, student focused approach. This is at the heart of our teaching ethos and means that we work hard to ensure every student receives a high standard of education and training, in a supportive and empowering environment.
Training as a counsellor & psychotherapist is a rewarding and life-changing journey but it can be challenging at times. We understand the commitments and sometimes sacrifices, that students make along this journey and we do our upmost to support them every step of the way.
6. Accessible, Nationwide Classes
PCI College gives you the opportunity to study at venues around the country, with part-time class timetables and online resources to facilitate students busy lives.
We aim to make our courses as accessible as possible, with seven regional locations for degree classes. While we passionately believe in classroom learning for our profession, we support that learning with online library access, e-submission of assignments and a web-based Student Portal to join up our student body and faculty around the country.
7. An Unrivalled Reputation
PCI College has been providing counselling & psychotherapy training since 1991. We have trained thousands of counsellors & psychotherapists and have an unrivalled reputation for high academic quality, experiential courses that teach practical skills for professional practice.
Choosing your counselling training course is a big decision and a significant investment in yourself and your future. It’s vital to choose a college with a track record of high quality qualifications and satisfied graduates. Don’t just take our word for it – read some student and graduate testimonials here!
When you are deciding which college to choose for your professional training, you may want to compare counselling courses. Here are 6 important questions you should ask when researching the options available:
1. Is the course accredited by an established, well-recognised professional body (such as the IACP)?
2. Is the course academically validated at Level 8 honours, by a recognised university or validating body?
3. Will I learn both theory and practical skills with face-to-face, experiential learning and support to put them into practice through classroom role play and with supervised client work?
4. Will I learn from experienced, qualified lecturers, who are practicing counsellors, with current client exertise?
5. Will the course and the College support my personal development, as I prepare myself for the work of helping others in their own life journey?
6. Is the College well-established with a solid reputation amongst qualified, experienced counsellors & psychotherapists?
There is a lot of confusion surrounding counselling qualifications, accreditation and Government Regulation in counselling & psychotherapy at the moment and is it very important to compare courses thoroughly and do your own research on current professional requirements. Beware course comparison websites which purport to independently compare courses and which are in fact linked to a specific college!
We advise students that the best approach in choosing a course is to research courses which are accredited by recognised and long-standing professional bodies like the IACP; to speak to qualified, established counsellors & psychotherapists; to ask GP's and other healthcare professionals who refer clients; and finally, talk to people in the Colleges and training institutes you are considering and ask them all the questions you have about their particular course. You are making a big investment in your future and you need to ensure the course you choose will lead you to a recognised qualification and professional accreditation.
Want more insights and information to help choose your counselling course? Read some comments from recent students and graduates below:
"...The training experience at PCI is challenging, but worthwhile, and like any investment in education, both the demands on your own personal involvement and your finances need the commitment to achieve the rewards.The learning does not finish at the end of class, it is an ongoing process of personal discovery." Read Donal's full story here
BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Student Year 2, 2016), Cork
"I have had the most amazing personal experience during my time in PCI and since. It has given me great confidence and has allowed me to shine in my own right. In tandem, I have grown academically and have expanded my interests in unexpected ways. Overall my PCI experience has given me the ability and the tools to embrace life in whatever form it presents itself to me."
BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Diploma Graduate 2015), Dublin West
"The support I received from the college and my classmates made my learning experience thoroughly enjoyable. As a result my achievements went beyond what I had hoped for… The personal and professional development I experienced as a result of undertaking the diploma have been invaluable. It was an investment in myself and money well spent."
BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Diploma Graduate 2015), Dublin City Centre
"Most importantly the academic experience was excellent, the tutors were well prepared, communicated the information well and were very approachable. All this plus sharing the journey with a wonderful group of classmates made for a memorable, positive and rewarding experience."
BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Diploma Graduate 2015), Dublin West
"I enjoyed every moment of my time in class with my colleagues and lecturers. It was a wonderful, life changing experience full of exploration and learning about myself and others. The lecturers were top class - they shared so much of themselves as professionals and nothing was too much bother for them. My colleagues are a phenomenal group of people who I regard as friends. I benefited personally and professionally from my time with PCI."
BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Diploma Graduate), Athlone
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time with PCI and believe it has provided me with the necessary tools to begin my professional career as a counsellor. Going back to college as a mature student was costly and at times demanding, but it has been worth it. I am very happy with my performance and at the level of support I received whilst a student with PCI. Having come from a different college to PCI in second year, I saw a vast difference in the quality of service an education that PCI offers its students."
BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Diploma Graduate), Kilkenny
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If you have more questions, or want to talk to us about queries regarding any aspect of our counselling & psychotherapy training, call Sinéad or Lynn today at 01-464 2268 or email email@example.com and we will call or email you back.
We hope to meet you soon as a student of PCI College.