The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy is recognised as a professional training course by the Irish association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and satisfies the professional accreditation requirements of this body.
This course is a professional practitioner training in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Its aim is to develop reflective and skilled practitioners who will have attained the requisite knowledge, personal development and competence to provide Counselling and Psychotherapy in a professional manner.
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a four year course comprising the following:
Year 1: The One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills > please click for detailed information
Year 2: The Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills > please click for detailed information
Year 3 and Year 4: Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy satisfies the accreditation requirements of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Course Fee: Year 3: €2,975 | Year 4: €2,975
Please note: Before applying for Year 3 and Year 4 of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy you must complete successfully the One year Certificate in Counselling Skills AND the Higher Certificate in Counselling Skills or its equivalent.
Core Theoretical Orientation
The core theoretical orientation of the course is integrative. The core humanistic elements are Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis. The course also draws substantially from the relational end of Psychoanalysis. Some elements from the Cognitive and Behavioural traditions are also included.
Course Content for Year 3 and Year 4
The course is offered over two semesters from September to May each year. Each semester has 5 modules. The course has five key elements which are integrated in the training, using a strong experiential and practical focus.
- (iCounselling and Psychotherapy Theory and Application
- Practitioner Development
- Experiential Group Process /personal process integration
- Supervised Counselling and Psychotherapy practice
- Counselling and Psychotherapy integration
1. Counselling and Psychotherapy Theory and Application
The Gestalt Approach
The Person centred and Transactional analysis approaches revisited and integrated
An introduction to Self Psychology
An introduction to the Cognitive Behavioural Approach
Integrating elements from the psychoanalytic Tradition
An integrative theory of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Professional Practice and Ethics
2. Practitioner Development
Structuring the Counselling and Psychotherapy process
Developing a Therapeutic Relationship
Assessment and Diagnosis
3. Experiential group process / personal process integration
The content of the Experiential Group Process arises from within the process itself. The purpose of the Experiential Group Process module is to provide the students with a facilitated group experience through which they will have the opportunity to develop, expand and consolidate Personal process competencies which are necessary for their development as Counselling and Psychotherapy practitioners.
4. Supervised Counselling and Psychotherapy practice
Through regular supervision the student will receive ongoing support, guidance and assessment of all aspects of his/her work with clients.
5. Counselling and Psychotherapy Integration
This element provides students with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical, personal and practice elements of their training in an experiential way
Work with Clients
Students will be required to carry out 100 hours of Counselling work with clients during the training. They will be required to obtain supervision for this work from a supervisor nominated by the College. Payment for supervision will be made directly by students and is not included in the course fee.
Students will be required to have undertaken at least 100 sessions of personal therapy before the completion of their training. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist.
Due to the personal and experiential nature of the course, it is generally not possible to have staff or students with significant existing personal or professional relationships in the same course group. Where possible, every effort is made to overcome this difficulty by placing them in separate groups. Oftentimes this solution is not possible and in these instances, a dual relationship may prevent the applicant from being offered a place on the course at that time.
On successful completion of the full programme, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, conferred by the Higher Education Training and Awards Council. On achieving the degree, students will be equipped to carry out Counselling and Psychotherapy in a structured setting with the support of supervision. The BA honours degree is a fully validated professional Counselling and Psychotherapy training programme which satisfies the accreditation requirements of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
The course will be offered on a part-time basis over two years. The regular sessions will be held on two evenings per week 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Alternatively, some of the evening sessions could be transferred to Saturday. When a Saturday is involved it would replace two evening sessions. During Year 3 there will be two weekend workshops in addition to the regular weekly sessions.
Assessment will be made for the purposes of evaluating overall competency in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
To this end, the assessment methods are:
- Written projects
- Practical skills assessments
- Attendance at and participation in all programme activities
- A final oral examination