Diploma in Counselling Studies

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Diploma in Counselling Studies

Professional Diploma inn Counselling Studies

The Diploma in Counselling Studies introduces students to the pioneers and theories of some of the major traditions in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Students will study the fundamental concepts of counselling and psychotherapy practice as well as being informed of the relevance of this work in contemporary Ireland. This programme is designed to provide a basis for further study and training in the field or it can serve as a basis to enter into counselling or psychotherapy.

Programme Aims and Objectives

Dublin Business School's Diploma in Counselling aims to provide an introduction to the work of the pioneers in counselling and psychotherapy as well as allowing insights into a range of approaches in the field. The programme also addresses practical questions around training for the profession. On completion of the 10- week programme, students will have developed an understanding of the relevance and application of counselling and psychotherapy. This diploma is a gateway to accredited counselling courses in Ireland, our degree and masters courses are awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). See Dublin Business School's variety of Counselling & Psychotherapy courses ranging from evening diplomas to postgraduate masters.



Click here to view provisional timetable.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Counselling Studies, students are required to complete a 2,500 word assignment.

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Programme Content

  • History of Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Humanistic/Person-Centred Psychotherapy: Rogers

  • Gestalt Psychotherapy: Perls

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Psychoanalysis

  • Body work and Psychotherapy

  • The Family Systems

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Integrative Psychotherapy

  • Counselling versus Psychotherapy: Time/Practice/Training


The programme is delivered over a series of lectures by professional qualified practicing Psychotherapists with vast teaching experience.


Click here to view provisional timetable.

Career Progression Opportunities

The Diploma in Counselling Studies will aid those working in the health, social care and education professions as well as in management and human resources.

Further Study Options

On successful completion of this programme students may choose to apply for the four-year part-time BA (Hons) Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy (minimum entry requirements apply). Students holding a primary honours degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution may apply for the Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 8) which in conjunction with the Masters in Psychotherapy (Level 9) comprises a full postgraduate core psychotherapy training. Alternatively they may be interested in the Higher Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies (Level 8).

Student Profile

Typically, participants on the programme are either currently involved in the caring professions or have aspirations for such involvement.


The fee for this Diploma is €1,325. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins. 

View all DBS Evening Diploma fees here.

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

  • Psychology & Social Science
  • Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Arts
  • Part-Time
  • Professional Evening Diplomas

Course overview

Certification: Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Next Intake: September 2024
Duration: 10 weeks part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2024. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm