The inspiration and motivation behind the establishment of the Training and Counselling Services at IICP in Killinarden, Tallaght, in 2003 was a 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 formed the basis for the pioneering and innovative programmes on offer. Village Counselling Service [VCS] was set up in 2004 as a low-cost community counselling service, offering support to clients in an area of social exclusion. Pat Jennings was instrumental in the foundation of both IICP and VCS, and Rose, his wife, was a dear friend to the service.
The Board of Directors of IICP wish to honour their memory through a scholarship fund for the MA in Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy, which is made available to those who have completed their core training in IICP, and/or can demonstrate substantial contribution to the work of VCS or other community endeavours. Recipients of this scholarship will be required to contribute to the work VCS and IICP.
In 2018, IICP will award two scholarships for its MA in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy:
- Full Scholarship covering 100% of programme fees
- Partial scholarship covering 50% of programme fees
The recipient of the Full Scholarship will be awarded all of their course fees for the MA programme under the Scholarship Fund.
The recipient of the half Scholarship will be awarded half of their course fees for the MA programme under the Scholarship Fund.
The scholarships are available to all applicants. However, the scholarships are dependent on the applicant securing a place on the programme in the year of their scholarship application. Applicants are encouraged to examine the entry criteria for the programme in order to ensure that they are entitled to apply. Recipients of these scholarships will be required to commit to contribute to VCS and IICP as follows:
- Completion of the MA programme.
- Completion of a weekly three-hour client block at VCS for the duration of the MA Programme.
- The MA in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy also aims to create leaders in the field, and applicants are required to engage with the teaching of new entrants into the profession on the BA (Hons) programme. Applicants are required to act as feedback observer on the BA (Hons) programme (either first or second year) in the Skills Module. This consists of a minimum weekly teaching commitment of 2 hours per week over 14 weeks in each academic year.
- Research for the MA programme should contribute to the clinical work of the VCS or the scholarship of teaching and learning within IICP College.
You should submit your application using the online form at the bottom of this page. The deadline for applications is 31st July 2018. Your application should consist of:
- Personal Essay
- Personal essay (approx. 750-1,000 words) statement on “How I will use my learning, both as a student and following completion of the programme, to provide support to clients and communities who experience social exclusion.” Submissions can be in Microsoft Word document or pdf format. In this essay it might be helpful to address:
- Your Self, and your experience of involvement in community, voluntary or similar activities;
- The reasons why you chose to apply to IICP;
- How you plan to fulfil your commitment to contribute to VCS and IICP;
- How you plan to use your learning on completion of the programme.
- A copy of your CV/Resume
- First stage of assessment process
- Applications will be assessed by an IICP assessment panel.
- Second stage of assessment process
- Applicants may be invited for an interview.
All applications for award under this scheme will be assessed using the following criteria:
- The applicants’ potential to contribute to the overall IICP / VCS community and relevance to the proposed aims of the scholarship.
- Quality of the applicant. This criterion includes engagement in community and voluntary work as well as academic and professional achievements. References will be considered as evidence for the candidate’s suitability.
- Quality of the submission.
Where applications are ranked equally, priority will be given to the application best aligned with the aims of the scholarship.
The decision of IICP will be final.
It is expected that applicants will be informed of the outcome of the scholarship application within in four weeks of the deadline.
The scholarship will be applied to the fees in the date of application only. Scholarship will not be deferred.