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IICP – Master of Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Master of Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and PsychotherapyIICP

October 2019


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 Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.



The programme consists of ten 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.



At the heart of the training provided in IICP lies the belief that people are experts in the story of their own lives.  The therapeutic process can encourage the client to make effective change in relation to life direction and the ensuing process of decision making.



IICP is an engaging, dynamic and supportive institute within which to study. We pride ourselves on our ethos of student support, ensuring that learners are guided and encouraged throughout the programme. The MA training promotes respect for all therapeutic models whilst advocating a collaborative approach between learner and lecturer.



This two-year Programme will be of interest to practising therapists who wish to extend their existing qualification in counselling and psychotherapy to Master’s level.



  • 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 that meets with IACP/IAHIP course recognition standards, or equivalent. The diploma must have counselling and psychotherapy at its core and have a minimum of 450 hours in tutor/student contact over the duration of the programme.
  • Learners will be invited to an interview with faculty as part of the application process.



This programme is validated by QQI as a Level 9 Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy.






The programme contains ten modules over the duration of two academic years.  For more detail visit https://www.iicp.ie/courses/masters/


The programme contains nine/ten modules over the duration of two years.

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, Psychoanalysis). There is a strong focus in practitioner research and an exploration of philosophical and sociological concepts.


First Year Modules: 

  1. Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 1.


  1. Philosophical Underpinnings in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


  1. A Pluralistic Framework.


  1. Professional Knowledge.


  1. Contemporary Perspectives.


  1. The Sociological Context of Mental Health.


  1. Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 2.


Second Year Modules


  1. Practice Based Issues.


  1. Clinical Practice and Development Module.


  1. Research Portfolio Module.



Modules are assessed through a Continuous Assessment (CA) strategy, which includes a variety of mediums such as individual and group projects, skills training assessment, case studies and process recordings, written assignments, essay topics and dissertation.




– Professor John McLeod

– Professor Michael O’Rourke

– Dr. Marcella Finnerty

– Dr. Maria Quinlan

– Dr. Eve Watson

– Dr. Linda Finnegan

– Ms. Aisling Leonard-Curtin

– Mr. David O’Regan

– Mr. Padraig O’Morain

– Mr. Dermot O’Neill



VENUE:  IICP Education and Training, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Killinarden, Dublin 24



Starting: 18th October – 20th October 2019

The programme is facilitated through monthly three-day blocks (usually Friday to Sunday)



Application Fee: €60

First Year Fees: €3,850

Second Year Fees: €3,850


Inclusive of QQI registration fee of €200.

Following successful interview, a deposit of €1,155 is required to secure your place.

Flexible payment plans available.



Contact Triona Kearns on Tel: 086 049 9154 or email: triona@iicp.ie


Contact Marcella Finnerty on Tel: 086 260 9989 or email marcella@iicp.ie

To apply on line visit https://www.iicp.ie/courses/masters/



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