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Personal Development and Counselling Skills (PD1)

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.


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. 

Anticipated Outcomes

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.


The cost of this programme is €30 per 3-hour session.

A deposit of €100 is taken to hold a place and five monthly instalments of €100 will be required thereafter.


Dates and booking

The next course starts in January 2025. Enrolment is open so you can email now to secure your place.  A brief chat via Zoom will be arranged to check that the course is a good fit for you.

Delivery Format

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

Sixteen evenings (Wednesdays 7:00-10:00pm Irish Standard Time) and two full days  (10:00am-5:00pm).

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

Feedback on this course

“My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner”

“This course helped me to love myself after a lifetime of self-loathing”

“The connections we were able to make were testament to the structure that the course provided”

“I am beyond grateful to you for giving me the chance to meet these new friends that I will treasure and prize always”

“No investment of time or money has reaped such profound positive changes in my life”

“This course has changed me in ways that I could not have imagined”

“This course has saved my marriage”

“I didn’t think I could ever be this happy”

“It was a beautiful experience”