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Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy


This Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a combination of the Online Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy (Part 1 of the course) and two in-class experiential weekend workshops (Part 2 of the course). You can either sign up to the Full Blended Learning Certificate (Parts 1 & 2 combined - €1000) from the start and avail of discounted fees (saving yourself €100) or upgrade by applying for Part 2 after completing the Online Introduction component (Part 1). The Online Introduction can also be completed as a standalone course. 


This course is suitable for Personal and Professional Development, or as a stepping stone for those who intend to pursue a career in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. It is also ideal for those who might benefit from using counselling skills in their current employment. The PCI College Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy meets one of the entry requirements of our professional BSc Honours Degree Programme


Course Details

 Online Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy

(Part 1)


The Online Introduction to Counselling & Psychotherapy is a great way to develop an understanding and appreciation of counselling and will appeal to those who are looking to discover the different theories and approaches to counselling & psychotherapy, to explore their own personal development and to develop basic counselling skills. This online counselling course is ideal for people who cannot commit to a classroom setting or who would like the flexibility of online study.


The course material is delivered online, through the PCI College Student Portal, and students are fully supported by the Course Tutor, with introductory videos, written course notes and feedback through email. This is an interactive course and materials are delivered through a combination of written exercises, personal reflections, case studies, and video demonstrations. You will also have access to a comprehensive online library for further reading.


When you complete the Online Introduction, you can choose to continue to the full Blended Learning Certificate course (or you can opt for the Blended Learning course from the beginning and save on course fees - see below for more details).


Students who exit the course following the Online Introduction will receive a certificate of completion but please note that the Online Introduction course alone does not satisfy the criteria to progress to the BSc, so a student enrolled on this course who wishes to pursue the degree option will need to upgrade to the Blended Learning Certificate and attend the weekend workshops. 


Start Date & Duration: You can begin the Online Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy at any time. The online course must be completed within 12 months of start date. A timeline chart is available to download here which shows the breakdown of course modules and the key milestones as you progress. 

Assessment: Assignments & Workbooks

Please Note: the start date given on the Booking Form is a system generated to date - you can start this course at any time and will be emailed your access to the course material 3-5 days after you enrol.




Blended Learning Upgrade

(Part 2)


Part 2 of the course involves students who have completed the Online Introduction component (Part 1) of the course attending two weekend workshops in our Dublin West venue. During the weekend workshops, interpersonal communication, personal development issues and the application of theory to practice are all well explored. The weekend workshops are facilitated by the same tutor who has overseen your progress on the Online Introduction portion of the course. This programme is different from many home study counselling courses which do not include the essential, practical application of theory to practice. Dates for these weekends in 2020 are scheduled as follows:


Next Weekend Workshops:

*Due to the COVID-19, the weekend classes is going to be delivered online, in compliance with further updates of the government. Weekend online classes will be conducted live through our online virtual learning platform, Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365, and is a secure platform and follows all compliance features.



Summer Weekends:


  • Summer 2021 - Dates TBC


Start Date & Duration: Students enrolled on the full Blended Learning Certificate or students that upgrade to this course from the Online Introduction will have an additional 6 months to complete the online elements of their studies (i.e. 18 months total). Once these are successfully completed, they will eligible to join the next available round of weekend workshops. A timeline chart is available to download on the left-hand side of this page, which shows the breakdown of course modules and the key milestones as you progress.


Assessment: Assignments & Workbooks


Award: PCI College Blended Learning Certificate In Counselling & Psychotherapy


Please Note: the start date given on the Booking Form is a system generated date - you can start this course at any time and will be issued your access to the course material 3-5 days after you enrol.


*The recruitment will take place as normal. However, due to the COVID19 situation, please be aware that if it is needed we will be delivering the classes online, in compliance with further updates from the government.




No prior knowledge of counselling & psychotherapy is required for this home study counselling course.

Applicants should feel that they possess a maturity to reflect on their own development as a person.

The Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy is made up of 4 modules:


  • Personal Development
  • Overview of Theories & Approaches
  • Humanistic & Cognitive Behavioural Therapies
  • Counselling Skills


What will you learn?


You can expect to learn more about yourself and your inner processes, and how this may inform your everyday life. You will be introduced to some of the key forefathers and mothers of psychotherapy, as well as the theoretical frameworks that continue to inform the field today. You will learn some of the essential ‘baseline’ skills of the counselling relationship and those enrolled on the Blended Learning weekend workshops will have the chance to practice these in a live setting via small group work with your colleagues.

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Quality Checked by the NCS




PCI College is delighted to announce that its Blended Learning Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy has become the first online foundation course of its kind in the Republic of Ireland to receive ‘Quality Checked Training’ status from the National Counselling Society (NCS). This means that the NCS, who are based in the UK, have extensively reviewed and approved the course's content and delivery, deeming it to be worthy of their high standards.


The National Counselling Society was established in 1999 and plays an important role within the profession of counselling in the UK. Their ethos is that counselling is a unique vocation and that this should be reflected in all related policies. They act to protect counselling from inappropriate regulation if they feel it could harm the work of counsellors and the diversity, creativity and range of training options that currently exist within the profession. For more information, please visit the Society's website here.



To register with the NCS, please click here to download the application form.






What our Students Say

"I like the fact there is a plan for each lesson; I like the level of notes supplied and I like the different types of learning e.g. role-play, videos etc"
Certificate Student 2013, Belfast

What our Students Say

“I am really enjoying the Distance Learning Certificate. I can study at home, when it suits me and I am learning so much about counselling. It is a great way for me to start my studies in this area. The material is easy to access and the support from the lecturers is a great help. I’m looking forward to the weekend workshops too, to put all the theory into practice”
M Derwin. Distance Learning Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2013-2014
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