Degree Courses

IICP, Dublin

BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

The BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, validated by QQI and accredited by IACP, Ireland’s largest professional body, can be achieved through both a four year programme or a one year Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) entry. Through these programmes we 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 forms the basis for this pioneering and innovative programme. We consider that training in counselling and psychotherapy is an inter-disciplinary endeavour, a combination of art and science to include, amongst others, the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. At the heart of the training provided in IICP lies the belief that people are experts in the story of their own lives and provide a module in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy which provides a framework for integration and engaging clients in shared-decision making. This builds on prior learning to enable learners to understand and utilise the distinctive features of Pluralism including working with Goals, Tasks and Methods, Systematic Feedback, Meta-therapeutic Communication, as well as exploring methods of assessment to create a case formulation. This approach offers a broad structure to professionals who are dealing with a diverse range of clients and presenting problems. IICP has strong clinical placement links in an on-site counselling agency, Village Counselling Service which supports learners in accessing their own placement and enables them to commence their clinical work in a safe, supportive environment. We also have links with agencies around the country, where learners can do their placement closer to home. Click here for details of the RPL degree.


University of South Wales

BA (Hons) Counselling and Therapeutic Practice

This full time course aims to provide a high quality undergraduate training in counselling and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). The course provides all the learning and training you require to qualify as a professional integrative counsellor and will be submitted for accreditation by the BACP once it has completed one cycle of delivery by 2020. The syllabus is based on the pluralistic counselling and psychotherapy approach. Distinctive features of the course include:training in counselling across the life-span, working with children and young people, creative approaches, and on-line counselling. The School of Psychology and Therapeutic Studies has dedicated Placement Officers and strong links with a wide range of counselling agencies, employers and counselling services to provide the supervised counselling hours required. We also have our own established Therapy Centre on campus – USW Therapy and Talking Zone – a free, private online counselling service specifically for young people.