Certificate in Group Therapy (Level 8 Module)2018-03-12T13:34:02+00:00

IICP Certificate in Group Therapy (Level 8 Module)

Gain 21 CPD hours while also completing 5 ECTS credits at Level 8

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, with 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 for this module is dynamic and experiential and is focused on the themes and issues raised within the group context. Themes to be explored are:

  • Theoretical underpinnings of group approaches to psychotherapy;
  • Advantages and disadvantages of group therapy;
  • Therapeutic factors in group;
  • History of group counselling;
  • Preparing to establish 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
  • Evaluating group therapy.

Written Assignment

The learner is required to write a 2,500-word assignment.  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. 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 Saturday Option
30 January 2018 03 February 2018
06 February 2018 10 February 2018
20 February 2018 24 February 2018
27 February 2018 03 March 2018
06 March 2018 10 March 2018
13 March 2018 24 March 2018
20 March 2018 07 April 2018
10 April 2018 14 April 2018
17 April 2018 21 April 2018
24 April 2018 28 April 2018
01 May 2018 05 May 2018
08 May 2018 12 May 2018
15 May 2018 19 May 2018
22 May 2018 26 May 2018


  • Tuesday Option: 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Saturday Option: 9:30am-11:00am

Suitable For

This course is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists who have some experience of group therapy as a participant, and who wish to further their knowledge, skills and competencies in group therapy. The module serves as a theoretical underpinning to the delivery of group therapy.


On successful completion of the course participants will receive an IICP Certificate in Group Therapy. As this module is part of our BA (Hons) Degree, learners who successfully complete the course are also awarded a Transcript of Results confirming that 5 ECTS credits have been completed at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.


IICP Education and Training, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Killinarden, Dublin 24.



  • Deposit of €195 required to secure place on course.

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