Becoming a Counsellor / Psychotherapist

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Becoming a Counsellor / Psychotherapist 2017-12-15T10:09:42+00:00

Ever wondered how to become a Counsellor/Psychotherapist?

Here at IICP, we provide a clear, affordable and internationally recognised path to achieving this goal. We can take you from entry-level right through to Master's Degree level

IICP Course Progression Chart

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Free Taster Day Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies IACP Recognised Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Top up to a Level 7 Degree following our IACP Diploma RPL BA(Hons) Level 8 Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy Masters Level 9 Degree in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Diploma and BA (Hons) Level 8 Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

How to become a Counsellor/Psychotherapist:

For many, taking the first steps into training as a counsellor and psychotherapist is an exciting and daunting endeavour. Currently in Ireland, a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy is required to practice. In order to meet the standards set by IACP, Ireland’s largest professional accreditation body, the Diploma programme you undertake must be of 450 hours or more. The entry point for training is the Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, although Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can apply for those with other qualifications and experience. Here at IICP, you can obtain your professional qualification in counselling and psychotherapy in a minimum of two and a half years.

Levels of Training & CORU:

IICP offers training from Certificate right through to Master’s Level, meaning we are perfectly placed should statutory regulation with CORU come into force in the coming years. Our programmes are all written to the new QQI National Award Standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy and have been quality assured.

Training Options:

With a guaranteed placement for all our students, you will be supported from start to finish in gaining the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies to become an effective therapist. Here at IICP, there is an abundance of choice available to prospective students. You have the option of undertaking the Diploma, BA Level 7 and/or BA (Hons) Level 8 degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, all of which qualify you to work as a therapist. Firm believers in lifelong learning, IICP programmes are designed in such a way that students can build towards their Honours Degree or Master’s Degree while practising and working as therapists.



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