Personal Development and Counselling Skills


This 60-hour course is designed to help participants gain a better understanding of themselves and others.

The experiential nature of the course promotes a powerful environment for personal learning and growth and is designed to help participants explore how to create healthier interactions with family members, friends and others.  Listening skills are developed to help participants offer appropriate support to others.

No previous training or experience is required, however a willingness to openly explore and share with others is necessary.  Each group will have between eight and sixteen members.


This course does not constitute a professional qualification as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist; however, for those interested in a professional training, this course will be a useful introduction to the work and an asset to your application for any further training.

Anticipated Outcomes

The anticipated outcomes of this course are:

    ▪    greater self-awareness and sense of personal choice and responsibility

    ▪    greater self-worth and confidence

    ▪    greater compassion with others

    ▪    greater ability to hold a safe and therapeutic space for others

    ▪    more authentic relationships with others personally and professionally

    ▪    more effective communication skills in relationships

Course Content

Section 1:  Personal Development (24 hours)

Participants develop increased personal awareness and interpersonal skills while exploring the key areas of self-esteem, communication and assertiveness.

Section 2:  Introduction to the Person-Centred Approach (18 hours)

Participants are introduced to the Person-Centred Approach and explore how this approach can impact every aspect of their lives and relationships.

Section 3:  Counselling Skills (18 hours)

Participants are introduced to basic Counselling Skills and through experiential practice learn how to use these skills in offering practical support to family, friends and others.


There are no assessments in this course however activities to consolidate the learning will be discussed and encouraged.  Participants attending a minimum of 80% of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance.  

Delivery Format

This course is being held online via Zoom, therefore a good internet connection will be essential.

Scheduling varies throughout the year and is designed to accommodate people living in different time zones.  Be sure to email which time-frame would suit you best.

Option 1:  Afternoons

Sixteen afternoons (Fridays 2:00pm - 5:00pm Irish Standard Time) and two full days  (either Mondays or Saturdays) (10:00am - 5:00pm).

Option 2:  Evenings

Sixteen evenings (Fridays 7:00pm - 10:00pm Irish Standard Time) and two full days  (either Mondays or Saturdays) (10:00am - 5:00pm).

N.B.  All courses are subject to a minimum enrolment of eight participants. 


The full cost of this programme is €600.  A deposit of €100.00 is taken to hold a place and five monthly instalments of €100.00 will be required.


If you are interested in attending this course, please apply via email and I will contact you to arrange a brief conversation to confirm a place.  In your email, please specify which course you are interested in and if you would like to be with a particular group.



The next group will commence Friday 2 September 2022.  Please apply as soon as possible to reserve a place.  Full dates are given below.

Module 1:  Personal Development (24 hours - 8 evenings)  

Friday 2 September - Friday 21 October:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Module 2:  Introduction to the Person-Centred Approach (18 hours - 1 full day and 4 evenings)

Saturday 22 October:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm  (lunch: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Friday 28 October - Friday 18 November:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Module 3:  Counselling Skills (18 hours - 1 full day and 4 evenings)

Saturday 19 November:  10:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Friday 25 November - Friday 16 December:  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm