Blended Learning Programme
Level 9 Master of Science in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy
Developed in conjunction with Visiting Professor John McLeod, this innovative Master’s provides a comprehensive understanding of both Pluralism & Research. (QQI Validated and IACP Accredited)
Starting: September/October 2023
Delivery: This programme is facilitated through monthly three day blocks (usually Friday to Sunday)
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
Duration: 2 Years
Annual Fees: €3,875
- Apply Online: Click here to apply
Developed in conjunction with Visiting Professor John McLeod, this programme aims to enable existing professionals working within the field of counselling and psychotherapy to achieve a Master of Science in in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.
A pluralistic perspective is an integrative approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy that embraces and considers multiple causes and responses to psychological distress. The aim of the programme is to equip practitioners with an up-to-date, cutting edge training to meet the needs of contemporary society. It also aims to identify and develop leadership and collaborative qualities in those involved in therapeutic practice. With a strong research focus, graduates from this programme will have the necessary knowledge, skills and competence to act as research-practitioners.
The programme aims to enable graduates to analyse their own practice and the profession as a whole. We strive to facilitate learners in the creation of evidence-based solutions to the current problems they face as individual practitioners and dilemmas that exist within the profession. As pluralism is the unifying theme in the programme, the programme will foster a spirit of enquiry where learners will engage in the pursuit of multiple truths, drawing from diverse disciples, approaches and orientations.
Who Should Apply
This two year programme will be of interest to practicing therapists who wish to extend their existing qualification in Counselling & Psychotherapy to Master’s Level, or who are progressing from another counselling and psychotherapy training programme.
- 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 and evidence of completion of 50 hours of personal therapy and 120 hours of supervised clinical practice.
- An honours degree, Level 8 on the NFQ, plus a professional diploma in counselling and psychotherapy (or equivalent).
Learners will be invited to an interview with faculty as part of the application process.
This part-time programme consists of nine modules over two 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.
Blended Learning Delivery
This programme is delivered via blended learning, whereby students rotate monthly between onsite and online. Onsite classes take place in our Tallaght Campus. Our blended learning classes are run as tutorials, that involve students and their lecturer logging into our online learning platform Moodle and use the online portal Zoom™ simultaneously.
Zoom™ provides and integrative online environment for students and Lecturers to interact and engage in the learning. This platform facilitates discussion polls, sharing of slides, videos resources and much, much more.
To foster more intimate learning environments the use of breakout rooms is also implemented, allowing for the safe and experiential triadic learning practice that we have found so successful.
All of our sessions are accessible through computer and mobile devices and we have a structured and robust technology department to support all faculty and students through their online learning journey. To encourage flexibility, and the best practice, we also record all our sessions, these are made accessible only to the students in that class to review content whenever is convenient to them!
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 develop for themselves a style and model of counselling which is both personal and effective.
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 dissertation.
Validation & Accreditation of Award
This master’s programme is accredited by IACP.
This master’s programme is a major award validated by QQI at Level 9 on the NFQ.
- Starting: September/October 2023
- The programme is facilitated through monthly three day blocks (usually Friday to Sunday)
We have a large faculty team, including:
- Professor John McLeod
- Dr. Marcella Finnerty
- Dr. Linda Finnegan
- Mr. David O’Regan
- Mr. Dermot O’Neill
- Mr. Chris McConnell
- Mr. Craig Barry
- Ms. Paula Lawlor
- Ms. Pam Patchell
- Mr. Mark Tolan
Protection for Enrolled Learners
The programme allows learners to engage in an in-depth analysis of pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy. Pluralism holds that different clients will want and need different things at different times. It considers that there is no one approach.
The programme entails training pluralistic theory and skills, engagement in learning in other approaches (i.e. CBT, ACT). There is a strong focus in practitioner research and an exploration of philosophical and sociological concepts.
The programme contains the following nine modules over the duration of two years.
A Pluralistic Framework For Counselling And Psychotherapy
Acceptance And Commitment Therapy
Pluralistic Clinical Skills
Pluralism in Psychotherapy: Multiple Perspectives, Multiple Possibilities
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Advanced Research Methods
Philosophical Underpinnings To Counselling And Psychotherapy
Practice Based Issues In Counselling And Psychotherapy
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 and the annual Professional Knowledge Seminar Fee)
- Application Fees: €75
- Year One Fees: €3,875*
- Year Two Fees: €3,875
*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.
- Students entering the MScPCP under RPL and seeking IACP accreditation must complete the full personal therapy and clinical placement requirements. Personal therapists and individual supervisors must be fully accredited with IACP, IAHIP or BACP. (Please see the BSc overview ‘additional costs’ section for further details).
- Those seeking IACP accreditation via the Masters, will also be required to successfully complete IACP GV, which incurs a fee. Please note, successful Garda Vetting is required to complete the course.
Please note due to the current Covid -19 restrictions, our office team are working remotely. Therefore we would encourage you to apply online for speedy process of your application. 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 ‘MSc in Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy – Friday-Sunday Day Time – 2023 Intake ‘ 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 course for anyone looking to pursue a career in counselling and psychotherapy.
- Co-developed by internationally renowned expert, Professor John McLeod.
- Competitively priced course fees with payment plans available.
QQI validated, ensuring the highest quality content and delivery.
- Incredibly high levels of student support, ensuring that learners are continually guided and supported.
What former students say about this Programme
The whole programme was fascinating. Support could not be improved upon. There was always a sense that support was readily available with no sense of judgement or pressure. John is an incredibly inspirational teacher!
Doing the MA has been a fabulous experience. The level of support offered has been so helpful. I have learned so much in a wonderful environment. While it has been challenging, the facilitators and my peers have been a constant source of support, encouragement, information and fun. Thank you!
Immense learning, every module taught in a clear and open manner. Thanks to the lectures and college staff I kept going. There was so much support, care and guidance. Amazing experience. Thank you!
The huge support offered by Professor John Mcleod and all at IICP was so invaluable as I progressed through this programme.
This course has challenged me on a personal and professional front. I’m left with more options for further work but also left me feeling confident to pursue these goals. Words don’t do this justice and I imagine as time moves on I’ll have an even deeper appreciation for it down the road
I found the flexibility shown in relation to the workload very useful. The academic support given throughout the course was excellent
I really enjoyed this course and learning. The journey provided valuable new learning and insights both on a personal and professional level. Thank you – it has been a fantastic journey