Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Next intake: November 9th, 2013.
Course dates:
Nov. 9/10, Nov. 23/24, Dec. 7/8, Jan. 11/12, Feb. 8/9, Feb. 22/23
Mar. 8/9 and Mar. 29/30

There are limited places available on this popular course and places are filling up
fairly rapidly. NW

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Suitable for anyone interested in one or more of the following:
– Personal development work
– Pursuing counselling, psychotherapy or psychology as a career

– Developing counselling skills
– Increasing your employment opportunities in areas where

  counselling skills are essential or an advantage
– Independent guidance to a career in psychotherapy

Whether you are in transition, at a crossroads, or considering a
new career direction the GCS Foundation certificate course
(100 hours contact time) will help support you in gaining the
confidence to take the next step
. The foundation is an access
that prepares you for entry to further professional training.
This intensive programme runs over 8 weekends (Sat. & Sun.)
monthly and provides the essential first step for a career in
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology in meeting the entry requirements of the relevant recognised professional training programmes. A foundation course is an essential prerequisite for
entry to IACP recognised courses and masters in counselling, psychotherapy and counselling  psychology programmes at the established reputable universities in Ireland and UK.
The GCS Foundation course is accepted and highly regarded by the
established Colleges and Institutes throughout Ireland for
acceptance to professional training programmes.
Now in its 18th
year, the GCS Foundation course holds a solid reputation for
offering a unique and exciting independent foundation in providing
a creative experiential training approach facilitated by experienced
and accredited psychotherapists and trainers.

"I would recommend this training to anyone who is interested 
in self development, even if they do not wish to train as a
counsellor/therapist. It was a challenging, uplifting experience
and a wonderful opportunity to grow in understanding of self
and others" Paula Martin (now enrolled on a professional
psychotherapy training programme). "The assignments greatly assisted personal development, asking simple yet hugely significant questions. The course was well structured, and support was available at all times. Extremely interesting and enjoyable" Kate Kennedy, senior radiation therapist and Galway Rose for 2013. "This course has been one of the most transforming experiences of my life" Katherina, NUIG.

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Course Content  Course Ethos

Person Centred Therapy
Gestalt Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Psychoanalytical theory
Existential Psychotherapy
Body Psychotherapy

Art Therapy
Counselling Skills
Assignment work

Advantages of enrolling on the GCS Foundation:
1. Weekend based with 100 hours tutor contact time (minimum required for entry to IACP & IAHIP recognised professional training programmes).
2. High level of ongoing personal development work. Insufficient personal development is the commonest reason for failing to gain entry to professional training.
2. Minimum of four accredited and experienced facilitators.
3. Expert independent guidance regarding your suitability for this field and assistance to gain entry to the established professionally recognised courses with the highest standard of training. We have over 14yrs of feedback from students on their experience of the various training programmes available

Theoretical learning, skills and personal development run in conjunction throughout the eight weekends as is best practice in counselling and psychotherapy training.
5. Access to library books
and web resources.

On completing the course you’ll join previous participants in gaining entry to IACP recognised Diploma, BA, Masters or Doctorate programmes in counselling, psychotherapy, or psychology. Past students now work in universities, health boards, prisons, addiction centres, schools, paid voluntary centres and in private practice
A certificate, awarded by GCS, is given on satisfactory completion of all course assignments, participation in self/peer feedback and 88% minimum attendance. Listen to the course director, Norman Warden, discussing the course on Radio Connemara here.

Entry Requirements

A willingness to engage in a process of self awareness, self challenge and openness to feedback from others. To be in a position to attend all course weekends.

Course Venue 

The Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, Co. Galway is 10 minutes from
Galway city and has a spectacular view of Galway bay and the Burren. Furbo has a beach, attractive walks and a labyrinth. Special rates are available at the hotel for GCS students. Directions.

Application procedure and Payment
Complete the online application form:
Apply Online Now. The Course fee is 1450 and may be paid by cheque, bank draft, postal order, direct debit, cash, or Paypal. N.B. Please note that all Fees paid are
non returnable and non transferable.