Adult Guidance & Counselling

The Diploma in Arts (Adult Guidance and Counselling) is designed to serve as a training course for people working with adults in a guidance counselling setting, providing information, advice guidance and placement services.

The emphasis of the course is on the development of the key communication and relationship skills and competencies that underpin the practice of Adult Guidance. The course also aims to work towards the development of an understanding of core concepts and ideas concerning marginalisation, exclusion and adult career development.

The personal development and self awareness of the participants underpins the course.

The course will seek to develop a critical awareness for participants of their professional role by:

Developing their knowledge of the theoretical field of Adult Guidance and Counselling

Facilitating the exploration of issues of marginalisation and exclusion as they relate to employment and unemployment;

Enabling participants to develop key skills and competencies involved in working with clients.

Entry requirements

Mature Students
Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of two years' experience working with adults in a developmental setting and be seeing a minimum 6 clients on a regular basis. Applicants should have participated in training courses or workshops in the area of guidance, counselling and self awareness;Interview with Staff in the Department


The Diploma is delivered part-time over two years in an open learning format, incorporating e-learning material, and workshops. The workshops will be provided over 2 x 3 days and 6 x 2 day sessions each year and one summer week-long psychometric testing workshop in Year 1.

Participants will be expected to attend one workshop per month.

Workshops will take place on Thursday/Friday – 9.30a.m. – 5.00p.m.

Careers or further progression

Graduates from this programme are eligible for membership of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

Further enquiries

Breda Gibney,
Course Co-ordinator,
Adult Guidance and Counselling Programmes and
BA Local Studies/BA Community Studies,
Department of Adult and Community Education,
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Tel: 353-1-7083752


Qualification : Diploma in Arts
Award Type and NFQ level : Undergraduate Diploma Level 8

Application date

Applications online using PAC code MHA57

As part of the on-line PAC application, please submit your additional questions electronically. Please also submit two academic reference and official transcripts to PAC

If you would like to discuss your application and/or to speak with a graduate of the programme please contact Breda Gibney at 01- 7083752 or email

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