CPD Certificate in Abnormal Psychology (Level 8 Module)

Grow your knowledge, skills and competencies in Abnormal Psychology

  • Award: Certificate of Attendance and Participation. CPD: 23 hours

  • Cost: €650.00. Deposit of €195 required to secure place

  • Duration: 14 classes (1.5 hours each)

  • Dates: Friday option available.

  • Apply Online: This course is now complete.

Programme Content

The purpose of this module is to increase knowledge, competencies and skills related to abnormal psychology, with emphasis on mental health issues that clients may present with in therapy.

Course Content

This module aims to familiarise learners with classified disorders (DSM-V) and discern mental health issues from a psychological perspective. Learners will evaluate the limits of their competence and recognise when to refer for specialised treatment. Learners will also examine cases where cross-referral between psychiatric, psychological and therapeutic services have been beneficial in meeting the needs of the client. This module includes the following:

  • Exploration of the DSM-V classifications of mental health issues;
  • Case study approach to exploring mental health disorders;
  • Exploration of the role of psychiatry within the context of mental illness;
  • Understanding historical and contemporary debates in mental health issues;
  • Benefits of counselling and psychotherapy when working with clients who have been diagnosed with mild to severe mental health issues; and
  • Boundaries and limits of therapy when working with severe mental health issues.

Written Assignment

Learners are required to write a 2,500-word essay, using current literature, on a chosen disorder from the range explored in the module.  Learners will critically reflect on aetiology factors and debates, demonstrating awareness of treatment interventions and the role of counselling and psychotherapy. Critical reflection on therapeutic relationship dilemmas and issues of risk and risk management should be included. Learners will link theory to practice, demonstrating clinical judgement skills relating to best practice and optimum care with this client group.


Friday Option
24 January 2020
31 January 2020
07 February 2020
14 February 2020
28 February 2020
06 March 2020
13 March 2020
20 March 2020
03 April 2020
17 April 2020
24 April 2020
08 May 2020
15 May 2020
22 May 2020


  • Friday Option: 2:00–3:20pm

Suitable For

This course is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to further their knowledge, skills and competencies in Abnormal Psychology. The module serves as a theoretical underpinning to Abnormal Psychology.

Entry Requirements

A Level 7 Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (or equivalent) is required.


Certificate of Attendance and Participation – 23 CPD Hours. Includes 05 ECTS Credits at Level 8, which may be applied to our BA (Hons) Degree at a later stage. Only those with a previous Level 7 Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (or equivalent) can apply these ECTS credits to our BA (Hons) Degree.


IICP College, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24.


€650.00 (Deposit of €195 required to secure place on course.)

This course is now complete.