Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling has a set of specific discrete aims.

Students who successfully complete the Diploma will:

  • Be reflective, self-aware, safe, accountable and competent counsellors, able to work in a variety of contexts.
  • Have an understanding of both person-centred and psychodynamic theoretical perspectives in counselling.
  • Have a sound understanding of theories and research on the development of the person, group process, therapeutic relationships and processes, and the role of counselling in society
  • Understand the ethical nature of the counselling relationship, and develop an appreciation of the need for clear boundaries and contracts.
  • Increase their self-awareness, communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Understand counselling and related practices in their social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts.
  • Explore the significance of difference, diversity and power in helping relationships.
  • Develop their appreciation of the importance of research findings in counselling.