B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

The course is highly interactive, it has been designed primarily for those who want to study towards becoming competent professional practitioners in counselling related areas. The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development.

It is taught using a combination of classroom-based and skill-based learning that allows the learner 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 area of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Having a student-centred 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
  • Duration: 4 Years
  • Tuition Fees: €3,825 per annum
  • CAO Code: CI110
  • Start Date: Sept 2021

Why choose this Programme?

  • Innovative course for anyone looking to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy.
  • 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.

The programme is structured to facilitate a single point of entry to a Programme that leads to 3 distinctive Degree Awards at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 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 both the Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (APCP) and the National Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (NAPCP) and is awaiting recognition from Addiction Counsellors Ireland (ACI).

The Modules leading to the award of BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy are set out as follows:

This programme is available to be taken on a full time or part-time basis over 4 stages/years. Each Stage is taken across an Autumn and Spring teaching Semester, with work-based learning modules spreading across Semesters. Each Semester consists of 12-week terms, Semester 1 runs from September to December and Semester 2 from January to April.

The programme is delivered by blended learning techniques as well as work-based learning, working directly with clients in Stages 3 & 4 of the programme.

Full-time option:

The full-time programme is normally scheduled over 3 consecutive days per week (over 12 weeks of each Semester) at ICHAS College Limerick from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm, or at our Dublin Campus in Griffith College, Dublin (Subject to viable cohort).

Part-time option:

The part-time programme is normally scheduled on 1 evening per week (6 pm to 10 pm) and Saturdays (9.30 am to 4.30 pm) over the 2 semesters September to December and January to April from ICHAS College Limerick, or at our off-campus centres at Griffith College Dublin, Galway Business School, Wharton House Waterford or Cavan Institute, (Subject to viable cohorts).

The Part-Time programme utilises a Blended Learning approach which facilitates students to access classes in person or using on-line facilities. In certain modules (mainly Skills Based) attendance is a mandatory requirement.

The Modules leading to the Award of BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy are as follows:

STAGE 1

CREDITS

Study Skills for Higher Education

5

Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling & Psychotherapy

10

Essential Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills

10

Group Facilitation


5

Human Development across the Lifespan


10

Ethics & Professional Issue

5

Understanding Mental Health 

10

Introduction to Personal Development  

5

STAGE 2

CREDITS

Core Competencies in Counselling & Psychotherapy

5

Cultural Issues in Professional Practice   

5

Case Formulation

10

Psychosocial Assessment

10

Group Process

5

Psychodynamic Approaches in Interpersonal Practice     

10


Humanistic Approaches in Interpersonal Practice

10

Personal Development & Self Caring Practices    

5


STAGE 3

CREDITS

Research Approaches in Counselling & Psychotherapy

5

Integrative Approaches in Interpersonal Practice

10

Mood, stress and Anxiety Related Disorders

5

Family Systems Theory & Psychotherapeutic Interventions

10

Theory/Practice Integration       

10

Cognitive Behavioral Approaches in Interpersonal Practice   

10

Personal Psychotherapeutic Experiences 1           

5

Psychopathology   

5

STAGE 4

CREDITS

Understanding Trauma Informed Care

10

Contemporary Discourses in Counselling and Psychotherapy

5

Bereavement, Loss and Grief

5

Applied Practice

10

Final Year Project      

10

Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience 2

5

Emotion Focused therapy       

10

Elective (Choose One from List  of Electives)

5

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 an equivalent IELTS score of 6.0 is required.
CAO Applicants

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:

5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
DCHCC Community Care
5M2786 Community Care
5M3050 Community Development
5M4468 Community Health Services
5M3635 Education and Training
5M4349  Nursing Studies
5M4732 Youth Work
EYXXX Youthwork
5M3635 Education and Training
5M1761 Intellectual Disability Practice

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 an 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 or related fields, especially those who aspire to develop professional’s competence to work with diverse and marginalised groups 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 go on to work in statutory bodies including the HSE & Tusla, private healthcare settings, social care settings, and self-employed in private practice.

  • Utilises “Blended Learning”
  • Benchmarked against European Association of Counselling Training Standards (2015)
  • The awards associated with this programme are accepted for Professional Accreditation by ACI; APCP & NAPCP
  • Support Students to develop Personally & Professionally to enable them to achieve a Level 8 Degree
  • Develop students knowledge, skills & competence to an appropriate level of ‘Higher Order Practice’

Modules within the course are designed to build personal capacity, collaborative problem-solving skills and an understanding of the systems and context within which individuals may be best supported.

The Programme prepares graduates to work towards the professional accreditation requirements of Addiction Counsellors Ireland, the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists as well as the National Association for Pastoral Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as taking into consideration the anticipated requirements from CORU.

Another important feature of the programme is that it provides progression opportunity to complete a range of Masters degrees at Level 9 on the NFQ available within the College or with other Higher Education Colleges

This course is offered on a full time or part 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.

International Students

Fees for International Students are currently under review

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.

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