A career in counselling and psychotherapy — professional programmes at ICPPD

The International College for Personal and Professional Development, a third level adult education college in Garden Vale, Athlone, Co Westmeath, will hold an open day in Galway next week. This college provides training and education in the arena of the helping professions, in particular the field of counselling and psychotherapy, creativity, expressive arts, and spirituality.

The founders and directors of ICPPD, Tom and Christine Moran, are practising counsellors and psychotherapists and counselling supervisors. They are accredited members of IACP, NAPCP, and SAI. Their many years of working as therapists and supervisors in the field of counselling, as well as over 10 years’ experience as trainers of adult education programmes and personal development and lecturers on degree programmes in counselling and psychotherapy, provide them with in-depth knowledge and understanding of counselling and counselling training.

ICPPD is offering a one-year foundation course in Athlone and Galway. This 100-hour programme is for anyone wishing to find out more about counselling training and is a stepping stone to further training. The college also offers a three-year part-time diploma, a professional qualification, in Athlone. Because of the Morans’ experience and dedication to the profession of counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland, they have designed a programme that meets the criteria of IACP. The diploma being offered is similar to traditional mainstream counselling programmes offered in most training colleges, with the addition of training and modules in body, mind, spirit, and creativity through expressive arts.

This training programme is a balance of theory and practice and is delivered by lecturers who are experts in their fields, adhere to codes of ethics, and appreciate the importance of life experiences and self awareness. The founders of the college are passionate about good practice, ethical behaviour, good and appropriate supervision, and see the personal and professional development and training of counsellors as paramount in upholding the reputation of their college in particular and the profession in general.

There will be an open evening in the Ramada Encore Hotel, Oranmore, on Monday September 27 from 6pm to 8pm for anyone interested in the foundation course. The course will commence in Galway on Monday October 4 at 7pm.

For further details of these and all training programmes offered by the International College for Personal and Professional Development, contact (090 ) 6470484, email [email protected], or visit www.icppd.com

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