Diploma in Counselling Psychology

Diploma in Counselling

Course: Diploma in Counselling Psychology

Start date: 26 September 2019

Duration: 10 weeks, Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: €995 (or €1,095 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

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 €995 per course.

Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)  and recognised for CPD credits by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Diploma in Counselling Psychology accredited by ICM   Diploma in Counselling Psychology approved by CPD

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 Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

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

  • Eoin O'Shea lecturer on Diploma in Counselling Psychology


    Eoin O’Shea, B.A., NUI Cert. (Couns), Prof. Cert (CBT), M.A. Reg. Psychol. PsSI., CPsychol BPS

    Eoin graduated with a B.A. in Behavioural Science (Psychology) in 2003 and went on to complete further training in counselling skills through NUI Maynooth. He completed an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at University College Cork and subsequently lectured there on courses in counselling and psychotherapy, guidance counselling, counselling psychology, and social work. Eoin has published a number of articles, reviews, book chapters and has presented at numerous professional conferences. He has been a senior researcher for the National Suicide Research Foundation and has gained experience as the Helpline Coordinator of a missing persons helpline in Dublin. More recently, Eoin has worked with adult survivors of childhood abuse at both the National Counselling Service (NCS) and at Connect. Further training has included a Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Eoin is the General Manager of Turn2me (an online mental health provider) and additionally works in private practice at South Dublin Psychologists, Dublin 2.

  • The course takes place over 10 weeks with two annual intakes – one in September and one in February. The Diploma is comprised of three separate yet related components:


    • Theory: Introduction to various theories of counselling occurs through class-based lecture format. The key features of a number of therapeutic approaches are introduced to students, illustrated through examples, and supported with reference to relevant research. Although lecture-based, class discussion in both small and large group format is strongly encouraged throughout the consideration of theory.
    • Skills: Students will have the opportunity to learn about, and practice, fundamental counselling psychology skills. This will begin within the first few sessions and will be achieved through discussion of the skills in question followed by direct practice through role-play with classmates. Skills acquisition will be assessed through a role-play with a fellow classmate towards the end of the course. An independent observer will rate and provide feedback on this role-play.
    • Project: Students will also be assessed through a written project to be submitted within one month of cessation of lectures. This written assignment will be a 2,500 word (+/- 200 words) essay detailing either a specific theory of counselling, a ‘compare and contrast’ of two different counselling approaches, or a consideration of the application of counselling to a particular problem often experienced by clients. Submitted essays will be graded with accompanying feedback.

    • Brief introductions of both students and lecturer. Introduction to counselling psychology, its history, and present day features. Comparison with related professions.
    • Freud, psychoanalysis, and the beginnings of the ‘talking cure’.
    • Jung, Neo-Freudians, and Object Relations.
    • Humanistic approaches to therapy. History and view of human nature. Carl Rogers and the person-centred approach.
    • Gestalt therapy. Brief history, Perls, and integration with the person-centred approach
    • The existentialists. Brief history and the givens of human existence.
    • Cognitive and behavioural approaches. Beck’s cognitive therapy and Ellis’ REBT.
    • Third wave CBT approaches. MBCT, DBT, and the role of mindfulness.
    • The role of research in counselling psychology. Basic introduction to research design including qualitative and quantitative methods.
    • Conceptualisation of psychological disorder and psychological health. Introduction to the DSM-IV classification of mental disorder. Uses and criticisms of pathology-focused frameworks of psychological functioning.
    • Importance of self-care in personal and professional development.

  • 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.

  • To download an application form click here


    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie

For More Information

Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie