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Counselling Psychology

City Colleges’ Professional Diploma
  • Learn about the main theories, strategies, and skills of counselling psychology.
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  • Starting September 2024

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Study in a classroom environment one evening a week.
Price from €1095
  • City Centre Location
  • Fully Interactive Limited Class Size
  • 10 Weeks, 1 evening per week
  • Starting September 2024
  • 6.30 to 9.30pm
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Live online training with real-time instructor-student interaction.
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  • Starting September 2024
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The Diploma in Counselling Psychology at City Colleges aims to introduce students to the main theories, strategies, and skills of counselling psychology. Theories covered are derived from the three main basic therapeutic frameworks; humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioural. Students will graduate with a sound basic understanding of these three main schools and specific examples of each from a theoretical perspective. Attention will also be paid to broad differences between counselling psychology and related professions such as counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, etc. Basic skills training will also be covered. Finally, students will gain experience of research through a project to be completed within one month of completion of lectures.

Diploma in Counselling Psychology is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2).

This course has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.

CPD Credits
14 CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland

The aim of Diploma in Counselling Psychology is to introduce learners to the basic concepts involved in the clinical practice of Counselling Psychology. The intention is to provide each participant with an enjoyable and engaging entry-point to a complex and multi-faceted subject area.

Diploma in Counselling Psychology will consist of lectures, classroom discussion and practical exercises.

The course runs for ten weeks and is composed of the following elements:

Lectures: This is the traditional mainstay of academic programmes. The lectures will provide information, explain concepts and guide the reading of the learner;

Discussion: Participants will be encouraged to discuss important concepts and themes in a relaxed atmosphere. The emphasis here is less on defending view-points than on the exploration of ideas and the sharing of personal understanding.

Practical Exercises: Towards the latter part of the programme we will conduct some practical exercises relevant to the clinical application of counselling. The precise form of this element will depend on the dynamic specific to each group of learners and is, as such, a somewhat organic element. It is envisaged, though, that this component will involve some form of group process and some one-to-one clinical encounters involving learners in the role of clinician and client; and,

Essay / Project: Each participant will be tasked with writing an essay of approximately 2500 words. The topic for each essay will be discussed and agreed with the lecturer. A submission date will be given, typically about one month after the date of the final lecture. Learners will be encouraged to comply with this deadline as extensions can only be given in exceptional circumstances.

Successful completion of the programme will require a pass grade on the essay and a pass grade for class participation. The lecturer will make every effort to assist each learner in maximising his or her performance on the programme.

Session One – What is a Counsellor?

  • History and Current Trends in Counselling
  • The Nature of a Counsellor’s Work
  • What makes a good counsellor?
  • Stages of Brain Growth and Behaviour
  • DSM-V and Diagnosis
  • Medication Issues

Session Two – Developing Basic Counselling Skills

  • Top Ten Basic Counselling Skills-Listening vs. Reacting
  • The Helping and Healing Side of Counselling
  • Is Compassion Enough?
  • Gloria-a Client Sees Three Experts: First Expert

Session Three –Raising a Healthy Child – Understanding the importance of:

  • Attachment
  • Emotional Communication
  • Child Development
  • Normal Developmental Trends
  • Adolescent Development
  • The Role of the Parent in Discipline
  • Corrective Discipline
  • Harsh Parenting vs Permissive Parenting – Impact on Children

Session Four – Mastering the Techniques of Counselling

  • Common Problems Counsellors are Presented With
  • Didactic Approach-Socratic Method
  • Experiential Approach-Psychodrama
  • Stages of Brain Growth-self regulation
  • Gloria sees second expert

Session Five – Problems of Adolescence – Anorexia, Bulimia, Substance Use, Family Conflict Signs/Symptoms/Treatment

  • Introduction
  • The Adolescent Brain and Its Development
  • Significant Disorders of Adolescence
  • Gender Identity Disorders
  • Parenting and Disciplining your Teen

Session Six – Counselling Modalities

  • Individual vs Group Counselling
  • The Counsellor and the Neurotic Agreement
  • Rational Emotive Therapy
  • Laughter – The Best medicine?
  • Paradoxical Interventions

Session Seven-Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Adler and Social Interest
  • Lazarus and Multimodal therapy
  • Assessment in CBT-a Multimodal Approach
  • CBT and Treatment of Anxiety/Depression
  • Gloria sees expert three

Session Eight – Understanding your Child’s Social and Emotional Needs

  • The Social Brain
  • The Importance of the Visual Brain
  • Trajectory of Social Development
  • The Emotional Brain
  • The Importance of Emotional Development
  • Social/Emotional Cognition
  • Parental Role in Social/Emotional Development

Session Nine – The Adolescent Brain

  • Maturation, Growth, Pruning, Reasoning
  • Problems in Adolescent Development
  • The Wounded Self and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Psychological Movement in Adolescence
  • Anxiety and Depression in the Teenage Years

Session Ten –Solution Focused Counselling

  • Who Owns the Problem?
  • Counselling as Education
  • Transference and Counter-Transference
  • Psychopathy and Sociopathy
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorders

A ‘Pass’ grade on both the written assignment (Project) as well as participation in the final role-play exercise will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Counselling Psychology.

A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding the Diploma.

The assignment/project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan (MA/MIACP) is a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Author who has been working Therapeutically for almost 20 years with Children and Adolescents in Primary and secondary School settings as well as having a Private Clinical Practice for Adults in West Dublin. He occasionally provides Training and Hosts Workshops/Webinars on positive Mental Health.

He regularly contributes to Media Debate on these subjects and has spoken at Regional and National Conferences on topics related to Mental Health, Wellness, and Neurodiversity. He is currently heading up a team to develop Best Practice Guidelines for Counsellors and Psychotherapists to work in a Neuro-Affirmative way with Neurodivergent Clients.

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A City College’s Professional Diploma Course is a focused, practical programme designed and delivered by an industry practitioner, that consolidates, upskills or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications that indicate that you have been trained in a particular area or specific subject matter.

City College Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects. They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study here by their organisation.

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