Intermediate award – Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
In partnership with the University of Northampton
This 4-year part-time programme offers a recognised professional training and qualification in counselling and psychotherapy. This programme meets the training criteria for professional accreditation and is designed to meet the requirements which are expected to be established for the statutory registration of counsellors and psychotherapists in Ireland. This programme is validated by the University of Northampton.
Our training is suitable for:
- Health Professionals
- Care Workers
- Community Workers
- Others who are interested in working from
a humanistic and integrative perspective
Psychotherapy is understood, within this training, as a journey in relationship through any relevant aspects of personal, social and spiritual life – a journey which accommodates and encourages a growing awareness of the whole self. The person’s inner wisdom, personal freedom, and self-responsibility are central elements in this process.
There 8 modules of study to be completed during the programme:
- Human Development (20 credits)
- Developing the Therapeutic Context and Process (20 credits)
- Mental Health and Psychopathology (20 credits)
- Common Presenting Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy (20 credits)
- Clinical Practice 1 (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Clinical Practice 2 (20 credits)
- Research Dissertation (40 credits)
Core Elements of Training
The following are the four essential elements of counselling / psychotherapy training:
1. Personal Development
- Regular individual psychotherapy throughout training
- Fortnightly group psychotherapy during term
- Personal development workshops
- Personal journalling
2. Theoretical Learning
- Theory lectures / interactive seminars
- Independent study
- Student presentations
- Written assignments
- Research Dissertation
3. Skills Development
- Skills training seminars
- Supervised reciprocal skills practice
4. Supervised Clinical Practice
- One-to-one psychotherapy practice (3rd & 4th years - on placement)
- Regular clinical supervision in groups
- Clinical seminars
- Case studies
Attendance & Participation Requirements
- Academic year from October to May
- Two training modules per academic year (attendance requirements vary according to modules)
- Weekly individual psychotherapy
- Group psychotherapy (fortnightly in term)
- Reciprocal Trainee Therapy (1 hour per week – years 1 & 2)
- Group supervision (years 3 & 4)
- Clinical practice placement (min. 200 hours of client work during years 3 & 4)
Assessment is continuous throughout the programme and includes the following:
- Twice-yearly self-evaluation statements
- Review meetings with Core Tutors
- Observed skills assessment
- Written assignments
- Academic presentations
- Clinical Supervision reports (years 3 & 4)
- Case studies (years 3 & 4)
- Research dissertation (year 4)
Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria:
- have a relevant primary degree (in addition to this entry requirement candidates will also be expected to have an appropriate level of personal maturity and life experience).
- Mature Student Option - the programme is open to applicants who do not have a primary degree but whose life / work / training / personal development experiences are deemed relevant to counselling and psychotherapy training.
The annual fee includes all costs (tuition, supervision, review/assessments meetings and university registration cost) with the exception of individual and group psychotherapy fees, which will be negotiated by the student on a private basis.
Course fees are reviewed from time to time. Additional information regarding 2019 applications and current course fees available to download here:
Applications are invited from the beginning of January each year. Application Forms and additional information are available to download here:
Closing date for 2019 applications: Friday 26th April 2019 (late applications will be accepted should places remain following the first round of interviews in May).
For further information please contact:
Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre,
41 Upper Gardiner Street,
Tel: 01 8788236
Training seminars/workshops and clinical supervision meetings (with the exception of residential weekends) will take place at the Centre’s premises on Upper Gardiner Street.
The Centre maintains an extensive and up-to-date counselling & psychotherapy library for student use.
During the 3rd and 4th Years of training students are required to undertake a clinical placement which may be in the Centre itself (Gardiner Street) or at another location arranged by the Centre in consultation with the student.
Qualification and Professional Accreditation
Successful completion of the programme will lead to the University of Northampton award of MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (180 credits) or an intermediate award of Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (120 credits).
The programme is formally recognised by the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). Following completion of an appropriate post-training period of supervised practice in line with prevailing standards, graduates may apply for accredited membership of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) through IAHIP which is one of the constituent sections of ICP. They may also apply for accredited membership of the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP).
How To Apply
- Download Application Form 2019
- Return Completed Application Form to: The Administrator, Dublin Counselling & Therapy Centre, 41 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
- Closing date for 2019 applications: Friday 17th May 2019