UCert Psychotherapy Studies

UG Certificates & Diplomas (level 8 nfq)

Students will achieve an understanding of the complex theories and concepts that underlie the main modalities of psychotherapy, of psychoanalysis and of current psychiatric practice.

Graduates of the Certificate can apply to continue onto a further two trimesters leading a major award of Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy. Graduates of the Higher Diploma can make an informed decision on a modality of psychotherapy in which to train and may be interested in applying for one of the four clinical training MSc programmes offered by UCD Psychotherapy.

It is taught by practitioners in the field and is suited not only to trainees or practitioners in disciplines within the mental health arena but also to applicants from non-cognate areas who may be considering embarking on a clinical training in psychotherapy.

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Graduates with Level 8 (NFQ) BA or BSc, or equivalent Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), are eligible to apply for the Level 8 Certificate.

The Certificate can provide a very important knowledge of psychotherapy practices for anyone with a role in social care, teaching or health services. This course will also be of great interest to those with a curiosity about the field of psychotherapy.

This course has also been recommended for psychiatrists and other medical practitioners involved in leadership of Multi-Disciplinary Teams; and for managers in the health and social care services.

No previous study of psychotherapy or cognate fields such as health social care or psychology is required.

This one trimester programme provides an introduction to the major modalities of psychotherapy, to psychoanalysis and to psychiatric/mental health practice.

With the Irish State in the process of State Registration, there is growing recognition of the value of psychotherapy as a clinical intervention which invites a person to work on the questions that unsettle, depress or mentally disturb them. Academic qualification at postgraduate level is becoming an integral part of a professional career pathin psychotherapy and a knowledge of the different modalities of psychotherapy is strongly recommended. This course is taught by very experienced practitioner- teachers and:

-Provides a solid introduction to different modalities in psychotherapy -Provides an academic foundation in the theoretical and clinical literature in the field- Provides a pathway on to the Major Award of Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies

  • Demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles of the major modalities of psychotherapy
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the differences between the different forms of psychotherapy practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant pioneers of different practice of psychotherapy
  • Demonstrate appreciation of the requirement in the major forms of psychotherapy for the practitioner to undergo the form of work
  • Demonstrate understanding of the application of psychotherapy practice
  • Critically assess published clinical material as presented on the programme
  • Critically assess the application of appropriate research methodologies to the field of psychotherapy
  • Develop skills for working with fellow-students in groups for assessment exercises on psychotherapy topics

Graduates of this course can apply to continue onto the second and third trimester to the Major Award of Higher Diploma in Pscyhotherapy studies. Graduates of the Higher Diploma can make an informed decision on a modality of psychotherapy in which to train and may be interested in applying for one of the four clinical training MSc programmes offered by UCD Psychotherapy.

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The course is delivered in 3 modules in one trimester September-December on a Tuesday evening in St. Vincent's University Hospital. Assessment is by continuous assessment for the three modules.
There are no written examinations. For two of the modules, assessment takes the form of essays and class presentation with written reports. One module is assessed on the basis of a learning journal compiled week by week over the course of the year.

Please contact the school for fee information

Non-EU applicants should contact UCD Global: https://www.ucd.ie/global/enquire/

- Programme location

All teaching takes place in the School of Psychotherapy within the Department of Psychiatry,
Psychotherapy and Mental Health Research, St Camillus Ward, Lower Ground Floor,
St Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.

-  Programme Structure

The course takes place on Tuesday afternoons from 4.00-8.00pm over the academic year, beginning in early September and concluding in December. There is a one week mid term break in this trimester.

The following entry routes are available:

Uni Cert Psychotherapy Studies PT (XA23)
Undergraduate Cert and Diploma
4 Months
Part Time