The course will address the needs of those working in a guidance capacity with Adults and Young adult learners, unemployed and those exploring career options. It will introduce participants to educational guidance and will begin to explore the skills and principles that support good practice.

Workshop Themes

Adult development and the guidance process

  • Group counselling
  • Support systems, contracts and boundaries
  • Understanding hostility and conflict

Applied Guidance Skills

  • Counselling skills
  • Role play

Career Guidance

  • CV writing
  • Interview preparation

Change & Transition

Developing work life balance

Endings & Evaluation

Assessment Procedures

In addition to a minimum attendance of 80%, the following assessment methods will be employed on the course:

  • Learning journal
  • Essay
  • Case study
  • Interview

Participants will be expected to attend all workshops and participate full in the group process and learning.

Course Format

The course will be delivered virtually in an open learning format incorporating home based distance learning

Admission Requirements

The course will be particularly suitable for those who want to develop and enhance their applied understanding of career guidance and counselling and labour market services. These may include but are not limited to Youth Leaders, Community or Club Leads, Parents, and Teachers with pastoral care responsibilities.

The course will enable participants to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge to avail of higher education in furthering this line of training and enhance the skills and knowledge base of those who are already in the guidance capacity.

Participants will have a minimum of 6-8 months experience of working directly with clients in an adult guidance and counselling context, whether in a formal or informal setting.  They must have GCSE/Junior Cert/ Equivalent and be over 18 years old.