Prof. Michael L. O’Rourke
Post Grad Dip Programme Leader
Ph.D; M.A; M Ed; CMIGC; H.Dip Ed.

Professor O’Rourke is a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and at the Institute of Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, IICP, on the B.A. (Hons) Degree Programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy and the M.A. Degree in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Director of the M.Ed Degree in Educational Guidance and Counselling in the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, from 1992-2012, Professor O’Rourke is currently Academic Consultant and Senior Lecturer at The Military College, The Curragh, from 2005-to-date. His research interests include Advanced Counselling Psychology; Grief, Bereavement and Loss; The Psychology and Aetiology of Suicide; Multiculturalism and Cross-Cultural Historical Contexts.

His most recent publications include the following:

  • Existentialism, Existential Therapy & Logotherapy
  • Spirituality and Psychotherapy
  • Grief, Bereavement and Loss
  • The Psychology and Aetiology of Suicide
  • Multiculturalism and Cross-Cultural Counselling
  • Life-Span Development and Career Regeneration
  • Modern Person-Centred Therapy: The Influence of Martin Butler on the Work of Carl Rogers.
  • A History of Guidance Counselling: American, European and Irish Perspectives
  • Biographical and Educational Reflections in the Life and Times of Irish Novelist John McGahern
  • Carl Gustav Jung: Visionary and Spiritual Healer.

His Ph.D was awarded in 1999 and was entitled: Multiculturalism and Pluralism in Post-Reformation Ireland. This historical delineation examined the nature of national and territorial conflicts and how an inspiring multiculturalism and pluralism can be established that freely respects difference and diversity in divided societies. His current research focus is entitled: Existentialism and Logotherapy: A Quest for Meaning in a Troubled Age in the Writings of Rollo May, Irvin Yalom and Viktor Frankl. Dr O’Rourke is Visiting Professor at the University of Indiana (IUSB), USA; Visiting Professor and External Examiner, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and ICPS Institute of Psychotherapy, Athens

O’Rourke, M. (2018). Counselling and its Essential Essence: The Notion of the Wounded Healer. Guideline, 48(1).

O’Rourke, M. (2017). Spirituality and Psychotherapy: Do we have the Skills and Knowledge to Hold this Sacred Space? Guideline, 47(1), 34-41.

O’Rourke, M. (2017). Grief, Bereavement and Loss: Some Therapeutic Insights. Guideline, 46(3),34-41.

O’Rourke, M. (2017). An Unfathomable Kind of Loss: The Psychology and Aetiology of Suicide. Guideline, 46(2), 41-45.

O’Rourke, M. (2016). Specific Kinds of Loss: Children and Teenagers Grief. Guideline, 46(1), 32-35

O’Rourke, M. (2015). Life-Span Development and Career Interventions. Guideline, 45(1), 24-27

O’Rourke, M. (2014). Biographical and Educational Reflections in the Work of Irish Novelist, John McGahern. Guideline, 43(4), 16-26.

O’Rourke, M. (2014). Modern Person-Centred Therapy: The influence of Martin Buber on the Work of Carl Rogers. Guideline. 44(2), 27-34.

O’Rourke, M. (2016). The Pluralist Notion of Counselling with a particular focus on Modern Person-Centred Therapy and Jungian Analytical Psychology. Panel Paper Presented at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Society for Exploration of Integrative Psychotherapy: 16-18 June 2016, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.