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Advanced Diploma Online Counselling and Psychotherapy 


The Advanced Diploma Online Counselling and Psychotherapy is designed to upgrade practitioner’s existing qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy to include the provision of working therapeutically in a new digital era.  


Though in-person counselling competence & training does ensure a strong foundation for online counselling and psychotherapy practice, it does not automatically translate to competence in a remote setting, therefore it is essential that therapists are familiar and confident in making the transition from using in person counselling skills to applying them remotely in order to maintain a safe, ethical and effective practice. Students enrolled on the Advanced Diploma Online Counselling and Psychotherapy programme will not only be introduced to working therapeutically online, they will gain mastery in this unique and quickly developing area. Upon completion of this course. students will be equipped with the skills necessary to create a practical business plan for developing an online practice or incorporating online provision into their existing practice.

Course Details



Venues: Live-Classroom

Students will have peer support for the online classes, as we continue to engage with our students in the creation of knowledge and have maintained connectivity within groups and a safe sharing space in the learning environment. 


Duration: 5 months

The course consists of 3 modules plus an orientation day and an integration day. Each module is 24 hours class contact time and run over 2 weekends. The course will be fully online via live, experiential classes.


Next Start Date: 12th September 2020*

*Please Note: Course Inductions will be held the week before the start date.


Timetable: Once a month - Saturday & Sundays (9.30 am - 4.30 pm)

*Please see provisional timetable attached to the left side of the page



Upon successful completion of the Programme, you will be awarded the Advanced Diploma Online Counselling and Psychotherapy. This programme is designed to meet the minimum requirements of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) for working therapeutically online. Please see the IACP website for further details. 


Entry requirements: Existing qualification in counselling/psychotherapy


Clinical Requirements: 20 sessions online counselling and psychotherapy, 4 sessions of external supervision: Log and report due as part of the case study submission.



The modules are:


Online Counselling and Psychotherapy Skills: Students will be introduced to online counselling and psychotherapy skills where they will assess their current counselling capacities and refine their core skills in their transfer and translation to a remote setting. Students will be introduced to the efficacy of online practice, including its history and frameworks. Students will also gain skills in working creatively online and working with risk in the online setting.


Technology, Ethics and the Law: Students will be introduced to common platforms and technologies used in online counselling and psychotherapy. Knowledge and practice of ethical and legal implications of working online will be gained in addition to a comprehensive evaluation of effective supervision needs and practices for the online therapist. The learning will be framed on accrediting body guidelines.


Developing an Online Practice: Students will bring together their proficiency in the application of working therapeutically online to develop an online practice, including creating a plan for client management and acquisition. Students will gain understanding and insight into managing boundaries in an online practice, working with international clients and counsellor burnout.



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