CPD Certificate in Group Therapy (Level 8 Module)

Grow your knowledge, skills and competencies in Group Therapy

  • 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.

  • This course is now finished. Please refer to our wide range of current CPD courses

Programme Content

This module aims to assist the learner in gaining a deeper background of understanding regarding the objectives, strategies, skills and climate formation in group counselling.

There will be particular focus on the evolution of group process, stages of group development, key tasks of group leadership at the various stages of a group and the creation and implementation of group techniques to facilitate awareness, change and perspective-transformation.

The syllabus is dynamic and experiential and focuses on themes and issues raised within the group context. Such themes include:

  • Theoretical underpinnings of group psychotherapy;
  • Advantages and disadvantages of group therapy;
  • Therapeutic factors in group;
  • History of group counselling;
  • Establishing a therapeutic group;
  • Contracting in group therapy;
  • Establishing goals of therapy groups;
  • The beginning phase in group therapy;
  • The transition period in a group therapy;
  • The working stage in group therapy;
  • Understanding group dynamics;
  • Blocks to communication in group;
  • Dealing with conflict in group;
  • Ethical issues in group counselling;
  • Dealing with problem situations;
  • Termination of a group; and

Learners on this programme must evidence completion of 10 sessions of group therapy.

Written Assignment

Learners are required to submit a 2,500-word assignment comprised of two parts:

Part a) – Theoretical Considerations

Learners will critically evaluate group therapy as a model of intervention, drawing on key literature to reflect on strengths and limitations. Learners will reflect on theoretical and practical knowledge of the therapeutic relationship as it applies to group and include evaluations of key considerations such as dynamics, boundaries and differences between one-to-one and group therapy.

Part b) – Personal and Professional Reflections

Learners will utilise their experience of group therapy to judiciously evaluate it from a personal and professional perspective. Reflections should include evaluation of the evolution of the group process and the personal and professional transformative learning that occurred for them. Learners will also demonstrate the manner in which they identified and managed self in the group therapy process, critically reflecting on how this may apply to work with clients.


Tuesday Option Wednesday Option Saturday Option
Double Class Double Class Single Class
25 September 2018 27 March 2019 02 February 2019
02 October 2018 03 April 2019 09 February 2019
09 October 2018 10 April 2019 16 February 2019
16 October 2018 24 April 2019 02 March 2019
23 October 2018 01 May 2019 09 March 2019
06 November 2018 08 May 2019 16 March 2019
13 November 2018 15 May 2019 23 March 2019
30 March 2019
06 April 2019
13 April 2019
27 April 2019
04 May 2019
11 May 2019
18 May 2019


  • Tuesday Option: Double Class: 09:30-1:00pm
  • Wednesday Option: Double Class: 09:30-1:00pm
  • Saturday Option: Single Class: 3:40-5:00pm

Suitable For

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

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 finished. Please refer to our wide range of current CPD courses