Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling & Therapy
The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy in the Community is of interest to those who wish to practice as a counsellor. Graduates of the Diploma Course will be equipped with the clinical experience and theoretical knowledge to work in agencies in the private, public and voluntary sector and in private practice.
Applications for 2021/22 are now closed.
Covid-19: All courses are being taught remotely until a safe return to face to face training is deemed possible. Please check the website for updates as the MHCPC are reviewing this regularly in line with the most recent government guidance.
The Diploma Course is comprised of three modules each taking a year to complete. Module One is an Access Course which is an essential entry year to Modules Two and Three. Students have a choice to leave at the end of the Access Year or, if deemed ready to commence clinical work, can proceed on to Modules Two and Three. No clinical practice is undertaken by students in the Access Course (Module One).
MODULE ONE (ACCESS COURSE)
The year is comprised of three terms of ten weeks and maximum attendance is required. Personal therapy, seminar preparation and reading are additional to the core curriculum. Students are encouraged to focus on their own process in order to increase their understanding and awareness.
The Access Course is comprised of 225 contact hours which includes theory, skills, training, practice, supervision and personal development. Personal therapy is a requirement.
Students who successfully complete the Access Course will be awarded a Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills. The Certificate is awarded in recognition of proficiency to use psychodynamic counselling skills. However, it may not be considered or used as a licence to practice as a counsellor.
MODULES TWO & THREE
Modules Two and Three are comprised of 210 contact hours each which includes theory, skills, training, practice, supervision and personal development in addition to clinical work, seminar preparation and reading. (The complete Diploma Course, which includes Module One, the Access Year is comprised of 645 contact hours in total).
Modules One, Two and Three run concurrently on a Thursday evening and all day Friday, each module with a separate Seminar. Students from all three modules join together for skills practice, supervision and end of day experiential groups. Supervision of clinical work is in small groups and with guidance from their supervisor. All students have additional individual tutorials with a personal tutor.