ACCORD is a well known and respected agency with over 50 year’s experience of working with couples and individuals supporting them in their marriages and relationships. ACCORD offers a professional counselling service through its 55 centres across the island of Ireland. Counsellors working with ACCORD support couples and individuals to explore and manage difficulties that have arisen in their marriages and relationships.
Training in Marriage and Relationship Counselling
ACCORD counsellors are trained to a professional standard.
ACCORD’s training programmes will give you an opportunity to achieve
A Higher Diploma In Counselling (Marriage and Relationship) validated by the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College Maynooth, (Level 8, 60 ECTS on the NFQ) and accredited by the National Association for Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy (NAPCP). The Higher Diploma is delivered on a part time basis, at weekends, over 3 academic years. (The Higher Diploma course is aimed at individuals who have minimal or no previous professional training in counselling).
A Certificate in Counselling (Marriage and Relationship) validated by the Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth (Level 8, 20 ECTS on the NFQ). The Certificate in Counselling is delivered on a part time basis, at weekends, over 1 academic year.
(The Certificate course is aimed at counsellors who have previously achieved a diploma/degree in counselling, have significant knowledge and experience of Person Centred counselling, have experience working with clients following graduation, and have a current supervised caseload)
The main theoretical approach of both courses is Person Centred. Both courses comprise a balance of theoretical knowledge, practical skills development and self awareness.
Membership of ACCORD
Counsellors working with ACCORD will enjoy the benefits of working within an ACCORD centre with other counsellors. Centre meetings take place on a monthly basis and counsellors will have an opportunity to meet one another and enjoy both the collegiality and wisdom of their fellow members. Working within an organisation offers both a supportive and educational environment where counsellors can work within organisational policies and receive the support of Continuing Professional Development and Supervision to enhance their practice as Marriage and Relationship counsellors.
Continuing Professional Development
Counsellors working with ACCORD will be offered Continuing Professional Development opportunities, on a regular basis, in areas that are relevant to the work with ACCORD clients. This professional development will afford counsellors opportunities to become more knowledgeable, skilled and self aware in their practice as Marriage and Relationship counsellors.
All ACCORD counsellors will receive an appropriate level of supervision for their ACCORD caseload depending on their stage of development as a counsellor i.e. student, working towards accreditation, accredited counsellor. Regular supervision will afford practising counsellors opportunities to reflect on their work in an educative and supportive environment. This reflection and support will in turn help counsellors to continue to offer their clients a high quality, professional, and ethical counselling service.