Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy is a specialised area of practice. This Master’s programme will equip learners with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to meet the therapeutic needs of children and adolescents.
With a strong focus on excellence in clinical practice, learners are fully supported in making the transition from being a practising therapist with adults to clinical work with children and adolescents. A safe, nurturing environment is fostered through established links with an on-site placement centre.
Who Should Apply
This 2.5 year programme will be of interest to practising therapists who wish to extend their existing qualification in counselling and psychotherapy
to Master’s level and work with children and adolescents.
- An honours degree, Level 8 on The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), in counselling and psychotherapy, or equivalent.
- An honours degree, Level 8 on the NFQ, plus a professional diploma in counselling and psychotherapy that meets with IACP/IAHIP course
recognition standards (or equivalent). The diploma must have counselling and psychotherapy at its core.
Learners will be invited to an interview with faculty as part of the application process.
- The programme is facilitated through monthly three day blocks (usually Friday – Sunday).
This part-time programme consists of ten modules over 2.5 years. It is a taught Master’s with a strong research component. The programme utilises a continuous assessment strategy and learners accumulate credits though a variety of assessments over the duration of the programme.
Student Benefits & Support
We hold 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 extend the scope of their practice to work with children and adolescents.
Learners are assessed through a continuous assessment strategy, which includes a variety of mediums such as individual and group projects, skills training
assessments, case studies and process recordings, written assignments, essays and a research portfolio.
Validation & Accreditation of Award
This Master’s is a major award validated by QQI at Level 9 on the NFQ.
We have a large faculty team, including:
Protection for Enrolled Learners
This programme is covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of IICP College 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. Current PEL arrangements consist of a 2% levy on course fees. IICP do not pass the cost of this on to learners.
The programme contains ten mandatory modules over the duration of two and 1/2 years. Year 2 spans 1.5 years and covers three semesters.
The Sequentially Planned Integrative Counselling for Children (SPICC) Model
- This module aims to give the learner a solid foundation in the theoretical and clinical underpinnings of child and adolescent counselling and psychotherapy, with a particular focus on Geldard and Geldard’s Sequentially Planned Integrative Counselling for Children (SPICC).
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Adolescents
- The purpose of this module is to equip learners with the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to integrate CBT into their practice with children and adolescents. Learners will be able to intervene, utilising this framework, applying it to clinical work in a real-world setting.
Child and Adolescent Development
- The purpose of this module is to examine the psychological, social and environmental factors that can impact on development, and to explore how disruptions to same can impact on mental health and well-being in children and adolescents.
Play, Creative Media and Expressive Arts
- The purpose of this module is to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competencies to employ play, creative and expressive interventions in work with children and adolescents. Learners will be able to intervene, utilising creative methods, applying it to clinical work in a real-world setting.
Clinical Skills for Working with Children and Adolescents
- The purpose of this module is to further develop and hone the clinical skills required for working with minors. Learners will be required to demonstrate application of theory and skills in a real-world setting.
Advanced Research Methods
- This module is designed to help students appreciate the philosophical foundations for conducting research with children and adolescents and to understand why and how research is carried out in counselling and psychotherapy. This module will give students a practical hands-on introduction to the process of counselling and psychotherapy research and an opportunity to develop and refine some of the core skills. The module will aim to support learners in reflecting critically on being a research-informed practitioner and in utilising research methods appropriate to counselling and psychotherapy.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Children and Adolescents
- The purpose of this module is to provide learners with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to integrate solution focused brief therapy into clinical practice with children and adolescents.
Theory and Practice of Child and Adolescent Therapy
- The aim of this module is to provide learners with ample opportunity to examine theory and practice issues in clinical work, including consideration of power, multi-agency working and assessment.
Clinical Practice and Development
- The purpose of the module is to encourage learners to engage in evaluative case related discussion based learning, which highlights elements of dialogue, critical discovery and community based scholarly activity to probe and develop clinical placement and counselling and psychotherapy skills and practice as they relate to work with children and adolescents.
- This module affords learners an opportunity to conduct a piece of independent, practice based research under supervision. This module will foster and develop a high level of independent research ability and skill, and to further develop student skills in the conduct, presentation and reporting of qualitative, quantitative or case-based research. This module also assists students with the intellectual process of conducting a research project by promoting their ability to read widely on a subject, to analyse various arguments and to relate them to their own work. The portfolio will demonstrate the learner’s capacity to use practice to inform research and use research to inform practice.
Course fees for 2019 intakes will be released shortly