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Trinity College Dublin

Dublin , State ,Ireland

Counselling Psychology (D.Couns.Psych.)

Course Description
This intensive full-time course provides  professional training in Counselling Psychology and is accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.  Admission is on a yearly basis for  approximately 12 to 14 students. The three main objectives of the course are (1) to allow students to obtain a level of postgraduate academic and research performance appropriate for the award of a doctoral qualification, (2) to progress this academic and research performance through the practice of Counselling Psychology, and (3) to acquire professional knowledge and skills. The course emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model of training and research-informed practice. The scientist-practitioner model is fostered through research classes and work on the research dissertation. Students are informed on a variety of research strategies (including e.g., experimental, quasi-experimental as well as descriptive and qualitative, phenomenological, hermeneutic, discourse analytic and grounded theory approaches) and learn to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies. Graduates of this course are qualified counselling psychologists, skilled to conduct mental health assessments and therapy with individuals, couples, families and groups across the lifespan

Course Content and Structure

Taught classes, as well as counselling skills training, clinical supervision and reflective practice modules emphasise the application of empirically informed psychological knowledge in the work of the counselling psychologist. Students are facilitated to be aware of current research findings and to incorporate these into their clinical practice. The first year of the course offers academic and practical skills training in Counselling Psychology and related research. After the first few weeks of concentrated, full time coursework and personal development work, at least 2 full days per week are spent on clinical placement and 2-3 days in classes. The D.Couns.Psych. offers a wide range of course approved placement options in community, health, mental health, education and private practice settings in the greater Dublin area and throughout the country. At least 3 different placements are required during the 3 years of the course. The course is committed to on-going development of placement provision with the aim to provide further opportunities for HSE recognized placements, which are required for eligibility to apply for HSE psychology posts. These placements are, however, subject to availability and may require a 3 day per week commitment. The second year involves further training in counselling theories and practice, and students conduct a research dissertation related to Counselling Psychology, initiated during the summer before entering second year.

Personal development work, including individual therapy, is required throughout the 3 years. The third year includes small group supervision, reflective practice, and advanced counselling and psychotherapy theory and its application. However, the main focus will be on research. A research project resulting in the doctoral dissertation is carried throughout the three years. Courses are taught and supervision is provided by both core staff and other practitioners from varied theoretical orientations. Humanistic theory underlies the course. Psychodynamic and systemic perspectives are also emphasised, and training in cognitive behavioural approaches is provided. Practical placements continue through the summer and always follow the placement site's calendar, not that of the College. Guidelines for all aspects of the course are provided. All components of the course must be passed (i.e., practical, academic; research, and personal development), and subsequently validated by the Court of Examiners, who recommend students for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology degree award.


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Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

If you are an international student studying at Trinity, you might be considering internship and graduate work in Ireland, in your home country, or elsewhere. This section provides information for Non EU students on working in Ireland during and after your studies. For information and resources to support an international job search, see our Devex resource which includes international job search advice and information.

Employers value candidates who have more to offer than a good degree with high grades. They look for students who are well rounded and who have experience outside the classroom. Search for and take advantage of opportunities to gain experience, develop your skill set, and gain a clearer picture of what you like and don't like in terms of career options.

For example, you can get involved in some of the many student clubs and societies in college, volunteer or get a part time job. Remember that voluntary work is as valuable as paid work on your CV or resume - it's a great way to demonstrate your skills to future employers. Have a look at the TCD Civic Engagement website and check out volunteering opportunities in Ireland and abroad.

PSW Opportunity

2 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

General Entry Requirements

Entry to an postgraduate taught programmes normally requires an upper 2nd division honours or equivalent in a bachelor degree in a relevant subject from a recognised university.

* additionsl requirements may apply for some courses

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS-6.5
  • TOEFL-Internet Based -88
  • TOEFL- Paper Based -570
  • TOEFL- Computer Based -230
  • PTE -63 (No section Below 59)

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  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 62466 EUR
    Annual Cost of Living: 12000 EUR
    Application Fee: 55 EUR
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