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Psychology of Counselling (Diploma/Certificate)
Course OverviewThis part-time programme aims to provide a good, basic grounding in the psychology of lifespan development and major psychological theories of personality and their application to counselling. The practical aspects of the course include basic counselling skills and group facilitation of personal development.
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Who Teaches this Course
Tammie (Tamar) Scott
M.A. Counselling Psychology, M.B.A.
Member IACP, APCP, BPS
Associate Member APA
Requirements and Assessment
Programme lectures take place one evening per week. In addition, there are three weekend workshops (Saturdays, 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) throughout the year. Reading and writing assignments will be in addition to the above time requirements.
Submission of written work, participation in skills training sessions, group work and discussion work form the basis of assessment.
On successful completion of Year 2, participants will be awarded a Diploma in Psychology of Counselling.
The Diploma is not a professional qualification in counselling. The Diploma programme is recognised and approved under the accreditation scheme of the National University of Ireland. The programme merits 15 ECTS credits in each academic year under this scheme.
Basic computer skills will be an advantage. E-mail, internet and NUI Galway's online learning environment are in use throughout the course.
All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of the English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see this webpage for further information: https://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/english.html
2 years, part-time
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Mode of study
The programme includes lectures and workshops. Participants are introduced to diverse counselling theories and to the practices derived from them in a variety of settings. The two-year course integrates three dimensions of counselling psychology:
- Personality theory and theories of counselling
- Lifespan development and theories of counselling
- Counselling skills and practice, including ethical and professional issues
In the second year of the course students will have an opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of:
- Diverse approaches to counselling - Gestalt Counselling; Person-centred Counselling; Behavioural/Cognitive-Behavioural Counselling; Reality Therapy; Family/Couples Counselling; Applied Behavioural Analysis
- Working with groups including various groups such as adolescents, children as wellas addiction groups etc.
- Self Awareness and Personal Development
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: Job-seekers Benefit, Job-seekers Allowance, One-parent family allowance, Disability allowance, Community Employment Scheme or signing for social insurance contribution credits. Please download the 2016_2017 Scholarship Form for more information.
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Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island
Tel: 091 492144
Fax: 091 525051
What Our Students Say
Patricia Burke | Current Student
Having completed the part-time Diploma in Psychology of Counselling at NUIG, I have progressed to further studies in this area. The Diploma was a fantastic learning experience and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at NUIG. Starting a third level course as a mature student can be a daunting experience, but I was supported and encouraged every step of the way. Lecturers were knowledgeable, professional and approachable. This course facilitates personal growth and academic development. I highly recommend it as a starting point for those interested in counselling or psychotherapy.