Course: Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Start date: Thursday, 27 April 2017
Duration: 10 weeks, Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30pm
Course fee: €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.
Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses with the School of Psychology can do so at a fee of €895 per course.
Awarding body: The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)
CPD Credits:This event has been approved for 9 CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.
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.
This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2) and from our campus in Dundrum, Dublin 16.
This event has been approved for CPD credits for members of the Psychology Society of Ireland.
David J. Carey is a psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in both clinical and educational settings and is Director, School of Psychology, City Colleges Dublin and resident child psychologist on the Sean Moncrieff Show on Newstalk. He is also Dean at the College of Progressive Education.
Trained in America he has been associated with Don Dinkmeyer, PhD, author of over 30 books and the founder of the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) which is used throughout the world. David has also studied with Albert Ellis, PhD., one of the pioneers of cognitive-behaviour therapy. During his course of study David was enrolled in the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York.
For many years David worked in both out-patient and in-patient mental health services and founded a forensic practice with a consultant psychiatrist where they engaged in forensic assessments, hypnosis and psychotherapy. Here in Ireland David has been associated with the Froebel College of Education where he created several post-graduate training programmes for special education teachers, including a Master’s Degree in Special Needs.
In his practice David provides assessments and psychotherapy. For the past nine years he has been involved in assessing children to determine the suitability of their special education programmes. This work has seen him provide expert witness testimony in numerous High Court cases.
He has a particular interest in the impact of trauma, distress and chaos on the child’s brain and combines this work with its relevance to early childhood education and the curriculum in Infant Classrooms.
The aim of this diploma course 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.
The programme 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 –The Counsellor’s Philosophy
- Counsellor Verses Psychologist
- Desirable Qualities Needed to be a Counsellor
- Freud and Psychoanalysis
- Attachment and Relationships
- The Nature of “Madness”
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 – Ethics and Problematic Patients
- Confidentiality and Professional Ethics in Counselling
- Alfred Adler and Individual Psychology
- Spectrum conditions and Asperger’s syndrome
- Depression-Tyranny and Pathological Dependence
- Anxiety In the Modern Era
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 – Critical Incidents and Trauma
- Suicidal Ideation and Attempt
- Self Harm
- Trauma Studies
- Splintered Neglect
- Psychosis and Reality-The Splintered Self
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
“The course provided positive insights into current thinking across a wide range of topics in Counselling. The lectures were stimulating and provided clear explanations on complex issues and their discussions explored current Psychological thinking. The lecturer was excellent at stimulating debates, organising workshops and encouraged us to analyse problem situations and possible solutions. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this Diploma Course to anyone interested in this field of study.”
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 ‘Fail’ grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 course evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Likewise, the 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.
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