B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies
This course has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related fields with a specific focus on addiction studies. The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It centers on areas such as understanding mental health, the theoretical evolution of addiction, substance and non-substance addictions, addiction intervention and recovery approaches.
It is taught using a combination of classroom-based and skill-based learning that allows the learner to avail of blended learning to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance while equipping the learner with the confidence, skills, and competencies to work in the addiction area of Counselling & Psychotherapy. While much of the course can be accessed online, in certain modules, mainly Skills Based, attendance is a mandatory requirement.
Having a student-centered approach that offers mentoring and placement support is a cornerstone of this course. Therefore, during work-based learning, each student will be required to undertake 200 hours of Direct client work under strict Clinical Supervision arrangements.
All students are supported with Personal Development Modules in the early stages of the Programme and are required to engage in a minimum of 50 Hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience (or equivalent) across the programme. PPE may commence from the Second Semester of Stage 2 of the programme and will continue until Programme Completion. In certain modules (mainly Skills Based) attendance is a mandatory requirement.
Award Title: B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies
Duration: 4 Years
Tuition Fees: €3,825 per annum (€4,825 per annum for Non EEA Students)
Start Date: September 2023
CAO Code: CI111
Why Choose This Programme?
- Innovative course for anyone looking to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy in addiction contexts
- Excellent mix of theory, skills and personal development
- Completion of work-based learning in the course
- Validated by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)
This new Honours BA programme is an exciting and innovative programme, designed to support students wishing to study towards becoming professional practitioners in Counselling related areas of practice and specifically in addiction based settings.
Completion of the programme leads to an academic award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications awarded by QQI. Where successful graduates wish to pursue professional accreditation for practice, they must seek such accreditation from the relevant body in accordance with the guidelines of that particular body.
The programme will contribute to the requirements for professional accreditation with relevant professional accrediting bodies in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland. Completion of this programme supports graduates on their journey towards professional accreditation until CORU finalises its Regulatory standards.
This programme has been benchmarked against QQI’s Award Standards for Counselling & Psychotherapy (2014) and the Professonal Training Standards set by the European Association for Counselling (EAC), set in 2015. It is recognised towards requirements for professional accreditation with the Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (APCP) and the National Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (NAPCP) and Addiction Counsellors Ireland (ACI).
Structure of Course
The course covers a range of subjects which when taken together provide a syllabus designed to develop competent professional practitioners. The subjects covered are designed to be both practical and theoretical.
The Modules leading to the award of BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies are detailed in the tables below, a brief descriptor of module aims can be found here
Study Skills for Higher Education
Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Essential Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills
Human Development across the Lifespan
Ethics & Professional Issue
Understanding Mental Health
Introduction to Personal Development
Core Competencies in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Cultural Issues in Professional Practice
Theoretical Aspects of Addiction
Substance related Addictions
Personal Development & Self Caring Practices
Research Approaches in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Psychosocial Intervention Modalities In Addiction
Mood, stress and Anxiety Related Disorders
Family Systems Theory & Psychotherapeutic Interventions
Non-substance Related Addictions
Personal Psychotherapeutic Experiences 1
Trauma Informed Care in Addiction Practice
Contemporary Discourses in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Bio-physiological Aspects of Addiction
Final Year Project
Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience 2
Bereavement, Loss and Grief
Elective (Choose One from List of Electives)
The knowledge, skills, and competence required to successfully participate in and complete the Level 8 Programme are outlined below:
- All applicants must be over 18 years of age and are required to undergo Garda Vetting
- Applicants will be required to have basic IT literacy, skills, and competence
- For non-native speakers of English, a C score in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) or equivalent International English Language Testing System IELTS score of 6.0 is required
A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme. Leaving Certificate candidates are required to apply for participation in the programme through the CAO system. Once an offer of a place is made, all applicants will be required to undergo Garda vetting procedures (this criterion will be communicated to all applicants in advance of final CAO offers) and make a self-declaration of Fitness for the Programme.
Mature Applicants (Over 23 Years of Age)
Mature Applicants will undergo the following selection process:
- Attend for an interview
All applicants who are assessed at the interview will be assessed based on qualifications (max 40 marks), experience and achievements (max 30 marks), and plans and objectives (max 30 marks). Applicants will be required to achieve a minimum of 60 marks in total to be accepted on the programme and with a pro-rata score in each of the areas indicated above.
- Provide any information requested by the Institute e.g. provision of personal references
- Undergo Garda vetting procedures
All applicants will be required to complete the Garda vetting procedure for working with children and vulnerable adults and all applicants will be subject to the College’s ‘Fitness to Practice’ policy, which is set out in detail in the Programme Handbook and on the website
An overall points score will be allocated to each applicant on the basis of the three stages of the process above. Offers of places will be contingent on compliance with the selection procedures and the College satisfying itself that, at the time of application, applicants have the capacity to engage fully with the programme
Candidates who hold a relevant QQI Level 5 qualification with a Distinction in at least three modules will qualify for entry to the programme. Examples of such modules would include:
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The College is committed to the recognition of prior learning attained both formally and informally. It may be recognised either to facilitate access to a higher education programme or to allow an award of credit as in the case of allowing exemption from a module.
It is the responsibility of the learner, to make a formal written application to the College requesting an exemption and supplying all appropriate supporting evidence i.e. transcript of results and module descriptor/syllabus including intended learning outcomes. Recognised prior learning is assessed on a case-by-case basis with emphasis on academic and clinical experience.
The programme is highly interactive and is designed for learners who wish to begin their educational and learning journey in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy specifically to work in addiction settings. It is specially designed for those who aspire to develop professional’s competence to work with diverse and marginalised groups of people or individuals with complex needs.
The primary focus will be working with individuals and groups but also to prepare learners to contribute at community and policy levels as practitioners in their field. This programme is for those who wish to break down barriers of access to evidence-based intervention and create opportunities for high-quality treatment experiences for all who need them.
Graduates of this programme can be found working in the private and public statutory sector in organisations such as Tusla, HSE, Merchants Quay Project, Peter McVerry Trust, Irish Prison Service, Aiseiri, and other areas of addiction practice. Graduates have also found employment in community-based organisations, working with individuals, families, and communities affected by addiction as members of multi-disciplinary teams in health, settings within the private, community, and voluntary sectors.
This course is offered on a Full Time or Part Time basis and there are options around the payment of course fees with payment plans made available to learners.
A central component of the ICHAS vision is the provision of flexible and affordable education for all. In line with this approach, the fees for the programme whether full or part-time are in line with those of Universities and Institutes of Technology and we work with learners to work out suitable options around the payment of fees
The fees for the programme are €3,825 per annum (this includes a 2% PEL levy of €75). In addition, students who opt for monthly instalments will incur an extra annual fee of €100 to avail of this facility. All fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy.
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Please Note: Non-EU/EEA students are required under the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to pay fees in full upon acceptance of their place on a programme.
Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy:All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.
Additional Requirements and Costs
Please be aware that Personal Therapy and Clinical Supervision are criteria for the course and costs are extra and not included in tuition fees. The successful completion of the BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies is dependent on the completion of submitting the necessary evidence that these criteria are fulfilled.