Successful applicants are offered a place on the ACCORD Certificate in Counselling (Marriage and Relationship).
The Certificate, validated by St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, is aligned to Level 8,
20 ECTS on the National Framework of Qualifications (Level 6 England, Wales and NI) and is aimed at qualified, experienced counsellors/psychotherapists who have:
- A Degree/Diploma in Counselling/Psychotherapy
- Completed a minimum of 200 client hours
- A current supervised caseload
- Knowledge/Experience of the Person Centred Approach
The course, which has a particular emphasis on the development of counsellor self-awareness, is tailored to the needs of the specialist couples and relationships counselling student.
The syllabus includes: assessment for and handling of domestic abuse; models for handling cases in the aftermath of infidelity; the particular challenges of addiction in the couple setting; and the impacts of diversity.
The course consists of sixteen training days (8 hours daily) delivered over eight weekends (Saturday & Sunday); students reaching the required standard commence placement in their sponsoring Centre after Day 12. Students then complete 100 couples and relationships counselling sessions in their Centre as part of the training programme. If possible the 100 sessions are completed within the twelve month period following the commencement of the placement. Graduation takes place in September each year. Students who have successfully completed all coursework elements; have completed 100 counselling sessions on placement; and have received satisfactory Supervision and Centre Chairperson reports are eligible to present for graduation.
Course and supervision fees of all successful applicants are funded by ACCORD. In return, students contract to deliver 60 voluntary sessions for their sponsoring Centre each year – for a minimum of three years following graduation.
An honours degree in Couples and Relationships Counselling is in preparation. Further information about this programme, which is scheduled to commence in September 2020, will be available here in due course.