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: Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday option available.

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.


Tuesday Option Wednesday Option Saturday Option
18 September 2018 30 January 2019 22 September 2018
25 September 2018 06 February 2019 29 September 2018
02 October 2018 13 February 2019 06 October 2018
 09 Oct 2018 27 February 2019 13 October 2018
16 October 2018 06 March 2019 20 October 2018
23 October 2018 13 March 2019 03 November 2018
06 November 2018 20 March 2019 10 November 2018
13 November 2018 27 March 2019 17 November 2018
20 November 2018 03 April 2019 24 November 2018
27 November 2018 10 April 2019 01 December 2018
04 December 2018 24 April 2019 08 December 2018
11 December 2018 01 May 2019 15 December 2018
08 January 2019 08 May 2019 12 January 2019
15 January 2019 15 May 2019 19 January 2019
22 January 2019 26 January 2019


  • Tuesday Option: 2:00–3:20pm
  • Wednesday Option: 2:00–3:20pm
  • Saturday Option: 3:20-5:00pm

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.)

Getting Started

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