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WATCH: Laois Third Level launch exciting new courses in association with UCC

Laois Third Level have been offering a number of under-graduate and post-graduate courses to students over the last couple of years and are now delighted to announce a new link up with University College Cork and the renowned Dr Tony Humphreys.

Two new courses – in Relationship Mentoring and Interpersonal Communication – are now open for applications. Students will attend the course in Laois – but the course is accredited through UCC and they will graduate from the prestigious Cork university.

Margaret Morrin, Centre Director in Laois Third Level, and Mary Briody on behalf of Adult Education in UCC recently spoke about what the Certificate in Interpersonal Communication and Higher Diploma in Relationship Mentoring can offer to students.

The two courses have been running in UCC for almost 20 years. Applications are open now but there is a maximum of 16 places on either course.

You can get more information by contacting Margaret Morrin in Laois Third Level on 057 23161 or by emailing mmorrin@loetb.ie – or by contacting Tony Humphries by emailing tonyhumphreys1@eircom.net.

Course Outline – Interpersonal Communication

Communication is the life-blood of any social system (family, health, social, religious, legal, community).

Effective communication entails having an understanding of the dynamics of social systems and the types of communication that operate typically within them. The agent of communication is the self and, indeed, most communication is determined by how the individual communicates with self. The course will focus on both the personal and Interpersonal aspects of communication within and across the particular social systems of which course participants are members.

Duration: 1 Year, Part Time
NFQ: Level 7
Entry Requirements: Candidates must be 21 years of age See UCC website for full details.


  • To provide participants with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal communication
  • To introduce participants to the influence of the different social systems – couple relationship, family, classroom, school, community, workplace, church, country on how individuals communicate
  • To build effective ways of listening and communicating in the relationship with self and others
  • To apply the mature communication developed to a variety of key social systems, particularly, the couple relationship, the family and the workplace
Course Outline – Relationship Mentoring

Adult relationship with self and others lies at the heart of effective family, social, educational and work systems. The core psycho-social unit in society is the family and research consistently shows that the emotions and social maturity of each parent is the main determinant of family well being.

The course recognises parenting as a profession and the need for parents to be prepared for this complex and multi-task profession. This two year programme is also designed to enhance other adults’ professional effectiveness and organisational effectiveness by increasing the personal and interpersonal maturity of employees and those in leadership roles. Furthermore the programme is designed to train participants in one-to-one relationship mentoring and in the provision of courses on enhancing relationship for community groups and work organisations.

Skills to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse individual and organisational interventions will be developed.

The course is substantially rooted in the theories and practices of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, sociological theories and experimental psychology.

Duration: 2 Years, Part Time
NFQ: Level 8
Entry Requirements:  Check the UCC website for full details.

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