IICP Master of Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Master of Arts in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy – September 2018IICP


Programme Aims 

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.


Course Structure

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.


IICP Ethos

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.


Student Benefits & Support

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 personal responsibility and lecturer flexibility and understanding.


Who Should Apply?

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


Entry Routes:

  • Evidence of successful completion of a Level 8 Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and evidence of completion of additional course requirements including 50 hours of personal therapy and 100 hours of supervised clinical practice.


  • An undergraduate degree (Level 8 on the NFQ) plus a professional diploma programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy that meets with IACP /IAHIP Course Recognition standards.


  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience is also taken into account.


Validation Of Award:

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


Programme Content:

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


First Year Modules:


  1. Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 1.
  2. Philosophical Underpinnings in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  3. A Pluralistic Framework.
  4. Professional Knowledge.
  5. Contemporary Perspectives.
  6. The Sociological Context of Mental Health.
  7. Advanced Research Methods and Statistics 2


Second Year Modules

  1. Practice Based Issues.
  2. Clinical Practice and Development Module.
  3. 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
  • Marcella Finnerty
  • Maria Quinlan
  • Padraig O’Morain
  • Dermot O’Neill 

Cost:     Application fee: €60. 1st year Fees – €3850.00. 2nd Year Fees – €3,850 (inclusive of QQI registration fee of €200)


Programme Schedule:

The programme is facilitated through monthly blocks of three days to include weekends.

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

Dates: Starting 28th  September 2018.

For Further Information Contact:

IICP Education and Training Ltd, Tel: 086 049 9154 / 086 260 9989 alternatively email triona@iicp.ie or  marcella@iicp.ie

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

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