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ACCORD Marriage Education Facilitator  

Are you interested in becoming a Marriage Education Facilitator with Ireland’s leading provider of Marriage Preparation Programmes?

Would you like, as part of a team, to meet couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church and share part of their very special journey?

Our training will provide you with A Special Purpose Award from the Pontifical University, St Patrick's College Maynooth on Successful Completion of the Certificate Initial Training Programme. 

ACCORD Facilitators work as a team, with groups, encouraging couples to engage in conversation with each other, discuss relevant topics, and consider their future plans.

This is all done in a very secure, confidential, non threatening environment.

The role of Facilitator is to act as an impartial presence, assisting and guiding the group process.   He /She will facilitate and manage group activities and discussions

Couples are involved in this process at whatever level is comfortable for them.  Facilitators will not meet with the couples individually or get involved in personal discussions.  If issues arise as a result of the group work, facilitators will offer information or referral to another ACCORD service.

Marriage and Relationship Counsellor

Are you interested in becoming a Marriage and Relationship Counsellor with Ireland’s leading provider of counselling to couples and individuals?

  • Are you a good communicator?
  • Do you enjoy interacting with people?
  • Have you the capacity to be respectful towards others at all times?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Are you open minded?
  • Are you warm and genuine?
  • Can you listen to others without making judgments about them?
  • Have you the ability to see situations from other peoples’ perspectives? 
  • Are you able to support others to make their own decisions?
  • Have you the ability to maintain confidentiality?
  • Are you open to learning and to further developing self awareness?
  • Do you have the time to commit to ?
       a)  Attending all training days    
       b)  Study
       c)  Complete assignments  
       d)  Be available for placement in an ACCORD Centre
       e)  Attend supervision

 On completion of training will you have the time to see clients, attend monthly meetings, supervision and continuing professional development ?

ACCORD's Certificate in Counselling (Marriage and Relationship) Level 8 (ROI) / Level 6 (UK) training programme is validated by the Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth (Level 8, 20 ECTS).  The Certificate in Counselling is delivered on a part time basis, at weekends, over 1 academic year.   September 2024 to April 2025. 

The Certificate course is aimed at counsellors who have previously achieved a Diploma/Degree in Counselling, have experience working with clients, and have a current supervised caseload. 

The theoretical approach of this course is Person Centred.

The Selections for the Certificate in Counselling will take place 8th & 15th June 2024 .