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Counselling & Psychotherapy

Introduction
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 selfawareness through personal therapy and group experiences.

This Higher Diploma is aimed at noncounselling 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 career paths by helping them to achieve their full critical potential and equipping them with a range of intellectual skills.

Key Features of the Programme
- Conversion style course for noncounselling/ psychotherapy degree graduates

- Delivered on a modular basis, typically students will attend classes on two evenings per weeks and 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 Master’s 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, Gardaí, 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.

Programme Structure
- 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 be in training groups based on experiential learning. 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.

Suited to: All graduates.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:

- A primary honours degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third-level institution, or

- Hold an equivalent professional qualification and be able to provide evidence of an ability to study at this level.

- An IELTS score of a minimum of 6.0 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or whose first language is not English

Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement of approximately 400 words outlining why they wish to pursue this particular course.

Suitable candidates should be able to demonstrate significant life experience, self-awareness and maturity, and are ideally required to be aged 23 years or older.

Ideally candidates should also have experience either professionally or on a voluntary basis in a role which can be related to the work of counselling/ psychotherapy. Candidates are expected to be able to show evidence of having the personal qualities necessary to undertake the Higher Diploma course.

Duration

Part-time: 2 years, 2 evenings per week and 12 Saturdays.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
The Higher Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy is not in itself full professional training. However, holders of this qualification may seek employment in the following areas:

• The Voluntary Sector
• Primary Care settings
• Social Care settings
• Educational settings

It is envisaged that the course will appeal to those interested in bridging their undergraduate qualification with further postgraduate study, such as our MA in Psychotherapy. Please note that professional suitability assessment forms part of a pre-enrolment interview, and also continues throughout this programme.

A combination of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the MA in Psychotherapy at DBS should fulfil current requirements of a four-year training that is expected by the professional bodies in the field of psychotherapy.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1
Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills I – Introduction
Stress Response I
Process Group
Traditions of Psychotherapy
Theories of Development
Psychoanalysis

Year 2
Group Psychotherapy
The Family and Psychotherapy
Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills II – Development of Therapeutic
Relationship
Stress Response II
Psychopathology and Case Histories
Research Methods and Minor Dissertation

Comment

Postgraduate School of Arts
The Postgraduate School of Arts is dedicated to the mission of DBS to provide students with the opportunity to develop themselves academically as well as personally through study within the arts, humanities and social sciences. The School of Arts has built an excellent reputation at undergraduate level in areas such as psychology, psychoanalysis, counselling, philosophy, film studies, psychotherapy, drama, journalism and social science. Within the School of Arts the Department of Psychotherapy currently offers six programmes: MA in Psychotherapy, MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, MA in Addiction Studies, Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies and the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology and an MSc in Applied Psychology. The Postgraduate School of Arts has the objective of being a centre of excellence for education and research in the areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Postgraduate School wants to provide students with a unique learning experience that is supported by a dedicated staff who are all very experienced and highly qualified in their field. We intend to maintain an educational environment in which the professional and personal aspects of the student-staff relationship are balanced in such a way that the learning experience is very enjoyable and in which the transmission of knowledge and skills find their optimum level.

The Postgraduate School of Arts is connected to an international network of academics and academic institutions. We are committed to maintaining and extending this network of collaborative relationships and to transmitting the benefits of these relationships to our local communities through our research, participation and indeed above all, through providing these communities with an opportunity to avail of an educational experience that is unique.

Assessment method

Assessment Methods
The Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy combines experiential learning, academic lecturing and personal development. The Theory and Practice modules in each year of the programme as well as the Stress Response modules consist of experiential learning taking place in training groups with no more than 15 students. The other modules on the programme are delivered in lecture format. Assessment is approached creatively with a range of assessment strategies including essay writing, in-class presentation, group discussion, self-reflective writing and examination. Instructions and guidelines for all assessments are clearly communicated to students.

There is no assessment related to personal psychotherapy and process group work. These components of the programme are mandatory and entirely confidential. The cost of personal psychotherapy is not included in the programme fee.

Enrolment and start dates

EU APPLICANTS
Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable) and passport

- The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The Postgraduate Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie W: www.dbs.ie

NON-EU Applicants:
Non-EU Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable)

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the International Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The International Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: international@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

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