The Higher Diploma in Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy will provide students with a broad graduate-level education and grounding in the theory and practice of counselling and therapy. The course offers students a practical training in therapeutic skills and an understanding of the ethical implications of therapeutic work. During the course students will be guided in developing a capacity for reflective self-awareness through personal therapy and group experiences.
The Higher Diploma is aimed at non-counselling and/or psychotherapy graduates. It is, primarily, an academic qualification, but will set its graduates on the path towards becoming accredited members of professional counselling and psychotherapy bodies. The course also prepares students to follow a variety of educational and carer paths by helping them to achieve their full critical potential and equipping them with a range of intellectual skills.
Key Features of the Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Conversion style course for non-Counselling/Psychotherapy Degree graduates
Delivered on a modular basis, typically students will attend classes on two evenings per weeks & attend weekend workshops once or twice a month
Focused on personal development through personal therapy, process group work and theoretical study
Sets graduates on the path towards supervised clinical training at Masters level
Central to the course is experiential skills training
Of interest to those who would like to learn counselling skills and understand their basis in psychotherapeutic practice
Enhances students current work practices e.g. health and social care professionals, teachers, Gardai, community workers, voluntary sector workers and many more
Orientation is primarily humanistic/integrative but it also introduces students to the principles of psychoanalysis, family therapy and to research skills.
The Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy is run on a modular basis during evenings and weekends and will normally take students two years to complete. During that time students will take academic lectures as well as experiential training groups. Research methodologies and the range of contemporary issues that face professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists will also be amongst the topics studied.
Students attend and participate in process group work on one evening a week throughout each year, as well as attending academic lectures one/two evenings a week for two 12 week terms and approximately 12 Saturdays over the academic year. Each year students participate in two feedback meetings with their trainers to assess not only their skills and academic knowledge but also their suitability for progression on to supervised clinical training at MA level.
Students are required to be in their own personal psychotherapy for the duration of the Higher Diploma. This confidential arrangement, including the time of sessions and fee, is arranged with the therapist.