Master’s Level 9 Degree in Integrative
Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy
Equipping learners and practising therapists with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies
to meet the therapeutic needs of children and adolescents
Award: QQI Master of Arts in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Start Date: 22nd September 2023
Duration: 2.5 Years
Language requirement: If English is your second language you are required to submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) cert at Level 6.5, or equivalent. For more information please click HERE
- First Year Fees: €3,875
- Second Year Fees: €3,875
- Final Semester Fees: €1,250
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 and play therapists who wish to extend their existing qualification in counselling and psychotherapy
to Master’s level and work with children and adolescents.
- If English is your second language you are required to submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) cert at Level 6.5, or equivalent. For more information please click HERE
- 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.
- Starting: 22nd September 2023
- The programme is facilitated through monthly three block days (usually Friday evening, all day Saturday and all day Sunday)
The MA in Child and Adolescent Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy is validated for onsite delivery in the college. We are working with QQI on a Blended learning option for our programmes, however we do not have a date for a BL version of the C&A-MA, yet. For now the 2022 intake will be based on the current onsite validation, meaning each monthly weekend will be scheduled for delivery in the college.
Student Benefits & Support
as they extend the scope of their practice to work with children and adolescents.
100 hours of client work must be completed as part of this programme. Approx. 50 hours should be with children aged 6-11 and 50 should be with adolescents aged 12-17. A ratio of 60:40 is also allowable if a learner has a preference for working with one age group over the other.
Clinical hours must be completed in an approved setting, after completion of an assessment of readiness to practice with younger clients.
Learners are required to be in on-going clinical supervision, at a ratio of 1 hour of supervision to every 5 hours of clinical work regardless of accreditation status. Supervisors for this programme must be qualified, accredited therapists and supervisors with one of the main professional bodies in Ireland (IACP/IAHIP/BACP/IAPTP/APPI/FTAI). In addition, they must be experienced in supervision of clinical work with minors.
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:
- Prof. Rolf Sundet
- Dr. Marcella Finnerty
- Dr. Maria Quinlan
- Dr. Marguerite Woods
- Dr. Linda Finnegan
- Ms. Caitriona Kearns
- Mr. David O’Regan
- Ms. Gayle Doyle
Protection for Enrolled 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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Child and Adolescent Development
Play, Creative Media and Expressive Arts
Clinical Skills for Working with Children and Adolescents
Advanced Research Methods
Solution Focused Brief Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Theory and Practice of Child and Adolescent Therapy
Clinical Practice and Development
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 provide payment plan options to facilitate learners paying the balance of their fees throughout the duration of their course.
Overall Programme Fees
(Inclusive of QQI registration fee of €200 of annual Professional Knowledge Seminar Fee)
- Application Fees: €75
- Year One Fees: €3,875*
- Year Two Fees: €3,875
- Final Semester Fees: €1,250
*Following successful interview a deposit of €1,155 is required to secure your place.
Year One: Payment Options
(1) Pay in Full before Start of Course
Balance of Fees
(2) Payment Plan Options Available (administration fee incurred*)
- Flexible Payment Options Available.
Please Contact the IICP office to find out more!
- Except where stated, course fees cover tuition only. Learners on this programme must also complete clinical work and engage an individual supervisor for this work. Supervision fees are negotiable between learners and individual supervisors.
Should you have any questions in relation to making your online application please contact Triona on 086-0499154.
Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Validated & Accredited Courses’, then select ‘MA in Integrative Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy 2023’ option and complete the form.
If you have any trouble at any stage of the application please click here to get in touch and we will be happy to help.
Why choose this Programme?
Ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.
Competitively priced programme fees with payment plans available.
- QQI validated, ensuring the highest quality content and delivery.
Exceptionally high levels of student support, ensuring that learners are continually guided and supported.