Foundation in Counselling

Course Duration

This course will last for one academic year. Sessions are on 26 Friday evenings (7.00 - 10.00) and 2 Saturdays (10.00 - 5.00). The teaching and learning will take the form of lectures, discussions and group work as well as counselling skills practice. Students will be encouraged to take an active approach as adult learners.

Course Structure

Topics Covered

Living today has become quite complex. The general pace of life has accelerated. There are greater strains on individuals. There are stresses in marriage and the family, stress in the work place, stress in relation to children and adolescents as well as general stresses in society. Counselling training can be valuable to help us to cope better with these stresses in our own lives, whether it is in our families, at work or in our relationships with others. Counselling training can also help us to assist others to find better ways of managing their lives in a more positive manner. Thus some people participate in this course only for their own growth and development or to help them in their work while others use it as a first step towards counselling as a profession.


While some flexibility to the syllabus content is utilized so as to respond to what the students find most helpful to them, the topics covered include: Models of "wellness", personal change management, introduction to counselling theories and theorists, attributes of a counsellor, human development through the lifespan, counselling skills, stages of the counselling process, the role of the "Spiritual" in counselling, couple counselling, bereavement, suicide, addictions, stress management, bullying, multicultural counselling, sexuality, ethical considerations, depression and anxiety, the "Children First" guidelines, working with groups and group dynamics".

Course Director

Dr. John Canavan

Clinical & Counselling Psychologist


Mr. Cathal Kearney

M.A. Education (Counselling)