BA(Hons) Degree – QQI L8

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BA(Hons) Degree – QQI L8 2017-12-15T10:01:09+00:00

BA (Hons) Level 8 Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (QQI Validated & IACP Accredited)

  • Award: BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (QQI Validated & IACP Accredited)

  • Entry Requirements: Level 5 or equivalent (Interviews will start in early 2018)
  • Starting: September 2018

  • Duration: 4 Year Degree with Different Entry Points
  • Cost: TBC

Introduction

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy is a pioneering, innovative and comprehensive programme of study. The programme is delivered over four stages, with a suite of internal awards available which provides the learner with a number of exit points, should they not be in a position to complete the programme.

The programme is delivered on a part time basis (weekday or weekend option), with one full day from 9.30am to 5pm over the academic calendar. Learners are also required to complete clinical placements as part of their core requirements at stage three and stage four.

At IICP, we desire to contribute a community dimension to the development of mental health care and counselling through the use of a practical, cutting-edge and integrative model, which forms the basis for this pioneering and innovative programme. We consider that training in counselling and psychotherapy is an inter-disciplinary endeavour, a combination of art and science to include, amongst others, the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. IICP’s core philosophical ethos, which offers a theoretical framework encompassing humanistic-existential, cognitive-behavioural and multicultural psychotherapeutic models, is a contemporary integrative framework.

This unique approach offers a broad structure to professionals who are dealing with a diverse range of clients and presenting problems. IICP offer a unique learner-centred environment. At the heart of the training provided in IICP lies the belief that people are experts in the story of their own lives. The therapeutic process can encourage the client to make effective change in relation to life direction and the ensuing process of decision making. IICP holds that it is not enough to simply teach the skills of counselling and psychotherapy. Learners are given the space to learn, practice and be supported as they develop for themselves a style and model of counselling which is both personal and effective.

Future Developments in Statutory Regulation

Regulation for counsellors and psychotherapists in Ireland is currently under review. One element of the proposed change by the statutory regulation organisation, CORU, is the creation of a minimum standard of education required for practice. While CORU has yet to establish a registration board or set academic standards for therapy training, it is accepted that the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) will be utilised in such a process. The IICP BA (Hons) Degree is mapped to Level 8 on the NFQ.

Aimed Towards

This programme is designed for people who wish to become professional therapists or for those who have an opportunity to use counselling skills as part of their work, either in a paid or voluntary capacity. It is of special interest to those who work within the caring profession, from community workers to human resource professionals, hospital and other health-care personnel, teachers, Gardaí, workplace supervisors, trade unionists and to anyone who works in formal helping settings.

Entry Requirements

  • Be able to articulate their interest in the therapeutic field and their reasons for pursuing this course of study; and
  • Produce evidence of prior educational attainment (see application form for further details)
  • Evidence of completion of a Level 5 or equivalent programme
  • Entry onto the BA programme is through application and interview. Selection procedures will apply.

Overview

The programme is highly interactive and taught through role-play, lectures, group-work and audio/video presentations. The ethos of the course reflects the Quality School model of Choice Theory, Reality Therapy & Lead Management (CT/RT/LM), which promotes a warm, safe environment that is free from fear, criticism and coercion. Participants will have the opportunity to produce and participate in individual written assignments, group projects and group work.

Assessment

IICP utilise Continuous Assessment (CA), as this mode enables learners to achieve positive learning outcomes throughout the full programme of study. The assessment strategy for the programme focuses on enabling learners to retain the knowledge, skills and competence gained from each module in a meaningful and purposeful way and allows them to reflect on how they can incorporate the learning as part of their overall growth. Assessments will include practical work, individual and group projects and written assignments.

Programme Structure

The programme is highly interactive and taught through role-play, lectures, group-work and audio/video presentations. The ethos of the course reflects the Quality School model of Choice Theory, Reality Therapy & Lead Management (CT/RT/LM), which promotes a warm, safe environment that is free from fear, criticism and coercion. Participants will have the opportunity to produce and participate in individual written assignments, group projects and group work.

IICP understand that while partaking in further education is an incredibly rewarding experience it can also be a financial challenge for some students. In order to minimise the financial impact caused to students, IICP strive to keep our course fees as competitive as possible. We also offer the option of signing up to a payment plan in order to spread the cost of their fees throughout the duration of their course.

Note: There is a non-refundable application fee of €60 for all BA applications.

Please complete the below Registration of Interest form. You will then be contacted when applications for this programme are open.

Why choose this Programme?

  • Ideal course for anyone looking to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Excellent mix of theory, skills and personal development.
  • Available clinical placement at Village Counselling Service and/or full support in locating external placements off-site.

  • Incredibly high levels of student support, ensuring that learners are continually guided and supported.
  • QQI Validated & IACP Accredited

  • Competitively priced course fees with payment plans available.

What former students say about this Programme

The tutors were excellent; always available, always encouraging. Their feedback was constructive and supportive.
Mark Mahony, BA (Hons) Degree
Having experienced other colleges, I find that IICP are excellent at managing to offer a high level academic course whilst not in any way compromising on the culture of caring for and listening to what students want and need.
Blathnaid Cox, BA (Hons) 2015
Studying at IICP in such a supportive and encouraging environment was great. The warmth and care I got from all the tutors and staff at IICP was fantastic. The course content and information for the students ensured that expectations were met.
Geraldine Hallahan, BA (Hons) Degree

BA (Hons) Level 8 Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

QQI Validated & IACP Accredited