Headstart for Masters Programmes January 2021

Headstart for Masters Programmes January 2021

ICHAS are offering Modules from the following Masters programmes on a Headstart basis commencing in January 2021.

Level 9 – Masters Programmes
M.A in Addiction Counselling
M.A in Counselling and Psychotherapy
M.A in Childhood and Adolescent Studies
M.A in Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice
M.A in Counselling and Pastoral Care
M.A in Leadership and Management
M.A in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


As part of its ongoing commitment to providing flexible and affordable education, The Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences will continue its Headstart initiative for Masters students commencing in January 2021. The head start programme will see students commencing modules of the above Masters programmes between January and April 2021. The remaining modules will be completed between September 2021 and August 2022 for Year 1 of the selected programme. This initiative will allow students to study at a flexible pace to fit in with their busy working lives and other commitments.

Who can access the Programme?
The initiative is open to anyone who has completed a level 8 qualification in the field relevant to the Masters programme that they choose or its equivalent with a grade 2.2 or higher. To access the programme you will need to:
 Complete the application form on or by 12th December  <<<click here for online application form>>> OR if you wish to complete a hard copy of this Application form please <<<download Here>>> and return to the college by 12th December.
 Complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you.
 Complete the Garda vetting procedure.
Applicants can also be accepted based on our process for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please contact the college on 061 216288 or at info@ichas.ie for further information regarding your options.

Technologies Used
The college uses a Blended Learning environment primarily through the use of Adobe Connect and a learning management system which allows learners the option to attend classes in the actual classroom or to attend their lectures remotely for some of the theory based modules. This initiative has been hugely successful and it helps in maintaining a sustainable work/life balance for students. Those wishing to participate on the programme must have access to adequate broadband and internet facilities.

Programme Leader
Professor Denis Ryan has led the postgraduate department in the college since its inception in 2009. He has over 35 years’ experience in working in the health and social care sectors in Ireland. He has held academic posts at lecturer and Senior Lecturer level with the University of Limerick as well as with the University of Applied Science in Utrecht, the Netherlands and held a three-year appointment as visiting Clinical Lecturer with the University of Hull and as he has published widely in health related fields.

QQI Awarding Body
Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established in November 2012 and is an amalgamation of four historical bodies namely, The Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB). Under the 2012 act, QQI has both awarding and quality assurance responsibilities. The qualification gained will be at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). For further information on the new body please see their website at www.qqi.ie

Counselling & Psychotherapy to be regulated under CORU
ICHAS welcomes recent changes  in relation to  the statutory regulation of Counselling & Psychotherapy under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005. In a commentary from Minister Simon Harris’s  Office who was Minister of Health in 2017 , it was explained that the submissions received in the consultation process undertaken at the end of 2016 showed majority support for statutory regulation of the professions and for it to be undertaken in the context of the Health & Social Care Professionals Act, 2005. Minister Harris indicated that he intended to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions, counsellor and psychotherapist, each with its own register, under one registration board under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. His office has indicated that Department officials will commence work as soon as is practicable on the legislative and administrative arrangements required to designate the professions under the 2005 Act, establish the registration board and arrange for the appointment of its 13 board members in accordance with the provisions of the 2005 Act.

Programme Costs
The college continues to work to ensure the costs of its programmes remain as affordable as possible, allowing the maximum number of students to access the entire range of courses. Those commencing Headstart Masters Programmes in January 2021 will pay €500 per 5 credit module within the Headstart Programme.

ONLINE Information Session:

please refer to the following link for updated events at http://ichas.ie/events/.  If you wish to attend this online information session please contact info@ichas.ie or 061 216288 for your login link. Please note this information session is only available online.

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M.A. Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy – Graduate 2011

Joining ICHAS at diploma level, my aspiration was to discover what counselling was about. After the diploma and through the Level 8 and Level 9 programmes, it became more about discovering who I was and then becoming a reflective counsellor. Understanding my self was most important if I was to help others with their journey. An additional benefit from this course was meeting so many different people from different backgrounds and with different views which taught me more about working with people, as a client or otherwise.

The college, course, staff and peers enabled this journey for me, where I have become a more holistic person. Now that I have ended up with a Masters in Counselling & Psychotherapy through the various challenges along the way is a great achievement for me.


Sinead MCGuinness
(Graduate of the MA in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; BA (Hons) in Counselling and PsychotherapyBA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I began my voyage with ICHAS in Studying for the BA degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy studies was the beginning of my voyage with ICHAS. I never imaged what an amazing voyage this would be and all the amazing people I would meet along my way.  I am still on my voyage and still meeting amazing people and still learning every day. My studies with ICHAS went further than I could ever have believed with finding myself growing both on a personal and professional level. The college at all times (more…)


Patrick Fitzgerald
(BA in Counselling Skills and Psychotherapy Studies)

I came into ICHAS knowing that I wanted to help and work with people. Currently in my third year and all I can say is that I am amazed by how much I have grown both as a person and as a student. I was out of education for two years before starting and had fears and reservations about my ability as an academic and still not fully sure what I wanted to do with my life. The environment here compared to University’s or Institutes is not focused on just delivering the content and getting you through your degree or masters. Here they are looking at the individual behind the books and making sure that each student receives the same quality engagement that I have not seen anywhere else. ICHAS has allowed me over the last three years to see my true potential and ability through the stimulating learning environment here. I recommend this college to anyone looking into the areas of Counselling and Psychotherapy due to the high level of engagement with peers and lecturers.

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