BA (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

B.A (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Type
Short Course / Undergraduate
Duration
4 Years
Validated by
BACPH: BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Mode
Part-Time
Campus
Dublin
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Course Overview

The BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences (ICHAS) and is available on a part-time basis.

The course is highly interactive and it has been designed specifically for those who want to study to become competent professional practitioners in counselling-related areas.

Why Study Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies at Griffith College?

The BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy has many features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland.

Course Highlights

  • It is the first programme of its type to meet the new QQI Awards Standards for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland.
  • This programme is part of a suite of programmes that have been recently validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), ensuring up to date teaching methods, programme content and quality.
  • It is delivered by lecturers who work in this field, who are passionate about your education and dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
  • The programme is recognised throughout Europe. On completion you receive the Europass Diploma Supplement in addition to your degree parchment.
  • It is part of the affordable and flexible access system within ICHAS, meaning students pay the same fees as the public college system.
  • It mixes theory and practice together to provide a complete understanding of the areas.
  • The programme uses both classroom-based and blended learning techniques. 

Dublin Main Campus Intake Dates

The next intake for this course will be:

  • September 2023*

*subject to sufficient numbers

Please see the timetable section for course dates

Course Details

The BA (Hons) in Counselling Skills & Psychotherapy Studies (NFQ level 8) is delivered by the Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS)  and is available on a part-time basis over a four year period. This course is a leading academically based professional programme for those wishing to pursue a career in the field of counselling. It is highly interactive and it has been designed primarily for those who want to study to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related areas. The programme is taught using a combination of classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.

  • Students will gain practical experience on all aspects of counselling which can later be applied both personally and professionally
  • Students will learn key life skills including the value of respect and genuineness, listening and understanding communication
  • Blended learning techniques allow the learner to access certain classes via on-line facilities
  • Small class sizes ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your counselling skills

Year One

The aim of this module is to support students in their transition to becoming independent learners in higher education by enabling them to develop learning skills and strategies essential for success at this level.

The aim of this module is to introduce a range of theories central to counselling and psychotherapy placing them in their social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts

The aim of this subject is to teach students the attributes and foundation skills necessary to work and understand their role in areas of practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

To provide students with the opportunity to learn the skills, knowledge and attitude to manage the range of issues that are associated with group facilitation within the counselling/psychotherapeutic fields. 

The aim of this module is to is to support learners to achieve an understanding of a range of theories of human development and to consider their application in counselling and psychotherapy contexts.

The aim of this subject is to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the role of ethics in areas of professional practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the theoretical basis for normal and abnormal behavioral, cognitive and emotive responses as related to areas of professional practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the concept and practice of Personal Development in counselling and psychotherapeutic activities. In addition, it will introduce students to the importance of knowing themselves and the appropriate use of self within the interpersonal and therapeutic process.

Year Two

The aim of this module is to is to teach students the key evidence-based practice skills and interventions necessary to facilitate understanding and provide the basis for effective work with clients across the main theoretical approaches within Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to raise awareness of the beliefs and values of the learner’s own culture and the impact of cultural beliefs and values in practice settings. It will emphasize the importance of sharing and increasing cultural knowledge as a means of challenging ethnocentricity and inter- cultural discrimination. 

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the concept of Case Formulation in areas of practice using Psychotherapeutic paradigms. Within the learning environment students will critically appraise the concept of formulation within psychotherapeutic traditions and compare the similarities and distinctions with more traditional medicalized diagnoses. Learners will focus on the theoretical distinctions between both approaches and examine the contribution of formulation to treatment planning and evaluation.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the theoretical basis for the use of Psychological & Psychometric Assessment in areas of professional practice. 

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand Group Process in Counselling & Psychotherapy. 

The aim of this subject is to introduce students to the theory of psychodynamic approaches as developed by Freud and other theorists; and to explore skills and techniques related to this approach.

The aim of this subject is to introduce students to the theory of Humanistic approaches in interpersonal practice and to support them to understand what is distinctive about humanistic approaches in counselling and psychotherapy, and to be conversant with the three main types of counselling in this area.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to understand the concept and practice of Personal Development and Self Caring Practices in counselling and psychotherapeutic activities. 

Year Three

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to engage with Research in Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to teach students to engage with counselling & psychotherapy beyond the confines of particular schools and techniques, and to enable students to integrate a range of counselling and psychotherapy skills and theories into an integrative approach.

The aim of this module is to enable students to achieve an understanding of the manifestations of mood, stress and emotional disorders and to support students develop the attributes and skills necessary to work in the care and management of clients who present with stress, emotional and mood disturbance in areas of practice such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to family systems theory and its application in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice.

The aim of this subject is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for the competent practice of counselling/psychotherapy. This experiential learning is undertaken at ‘Novice’ level of practice and is workplace based.

The aim of this module is to raise awareness of fundamental theoretical and practical applications of Cognitive Behavioural approaches in interpersonal care. It will emphasise the importance of structured assessment and interventions based on theoretical understandings of CBT, its evolution and traditions. It intends to heighten awareness of the importance of such theories in the delivery of professional practice in areas such as Counselling & Psychotherapy.

The aim of this module is to offer an experientially orientation introduction to personal psychotherapeutic experience. This module will enable learner’s develop personal insight and self-knowledge through their personal participation in psychotherapeutic processes. Students will also, through their participation as an individual and/or as a group member in such engagements, learn directly to appreciate the diversity of a client’s experience in personal therapy.

The aim of this module is to enable students to achieve an understanding an understanding of the importance of mental illness and disorder in the context of psychotherapeutic activities.  

Year Four

The aim of this module is to is to teach students the key evidence necessary to facilitate an understanding of both recent and complex trauma and its impacts as well as the values and principles of Trauma Informed Care.

The aim of this module is to is to support learners to engage with contemporary discourses relating to the latest developments in the counselling and psychotherapy fields of practice nationally and internationally.

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to understand the process of bereavement and explore issues in loss and grief.

The aim of this subject is to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for the competent practice of counselling/psychotherapy. This experiential learning is undertaken at ‘advanced beginner’ level of practice and is workplace based using an approved supportive structure.

The aim of this module is to act as a Capstone Module which will help the student integrate the theoretical and practice-based learning achieved across the programme. It will emphasise the importance of the integration of evidence-based practice in counselling and psychotherapeutic practice.

The aim of this module is to offer an experientially orientation introduction to personal psychotherapeutic experience. This module will enable learners’ develop personal insight and self-knowledge through their personal participation in psychotherapeutic processes. Students will also, through their participation as an individual and/or as a group member in such engagements, learn directly to appreciate the diversity of a client’s experience in personal therapy.

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to acquire the knowledge, skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to understand the theoretical basis for Emotion Focussed approaches.

Brief Therapy for Emotional Health & Wellness

Psychoses & Personality Disorders

Inner Child Therapy

Play Therapy & Psychotherapeutic Practice

Understanding Motivational Interviewing

Understanding Community Reinforcement Approaches in Addiction Treatment (CRA)

Principles of Personality Assessment

Principles of Occupational Assessment

Theories & Practice of Mindfulness

Eating Disorders

Independent Study

Developing & Managing a Professional Practice

Recovery Approaches in Addiction

Family Aspects of Addiction

Theory & Practice of the Minnesota Model of Addiction Treatment

Adolescent Mental Health Screening

Engaging with Parents in Professional Practice

Course Contacts

If you have any queries or would like to receive further information please contact:

Timetables

This programme is scheduled to commence in September 2023 at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus. 

This part-time programme runs one evening per week (6 pm to 9 pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over two semesters, from September to December and from January to April, at Griffith College Dublin's Main Campus (subject to viable cohort).

Please contact [email protected] if you would like to receive a copy of the timetable.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

To join the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • be over 18 years of age
  • complete and submit the application form
  • applicants are required to complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you
  • complete the Garda vetting procedure
  • English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable. Learn more.   

English Language:

If English is not your native language, you must show that your English level is of a suitable standard. For further information please contact a member of the Admissions Team.

In response to the worldwide closure of English Language Test Centres arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, Griffith College is accepting the online Duolingo English Test (DET) as valid proof of English proficiency. This is a temporary measure for our intakes up to and including September 2022. Please see here for further details.

Mentoring & placement support:

All applicants are required to engage in a minimum of 50 Hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience (or equivalent) across the programme.

Each student will be required to undertake 200 hours of direct client work under strict Clinical Supervision arrangements.

How to Apply

Applicants under 23 years of age:

A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

The College is committed to the recognition of prior learning attained both formally and informally. It may be recognised either to facilitate access to a higher education programme or to allow an award of credit as in the case of allowing exemption from a module.

It is the responsibility of the learner, to make a formal written application to the College requesting an exemption and supplying all appropriate supporting evidence i.e. transcript of results and module descriptor/syllabus including intended learning outcomes. Recognised prior learning is assessed on a case-by-case basis with an emphasis on academic and clinical experience.

Fees

Tuition Fees

General Fee Information

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR300.00 and a 2% Protection of Enrolled Learners Fee is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below:

Study Mode: Part-Time

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 3450 (Total fee payable EUR 3825).

Progression

Academic Progression

Those who complete the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy may access the suite of level 9 programmes with the College or relevant Level 9 programmes in other colleges or universities.

Career Progression

Graduates of the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy can work in private and public residential and non-residential youth and adult centres, schools, colleges, hospitals and, of course, in private practice.

The Irish Government has committed to increased funding of mental health initiatives as part of the national counselling service. For many, the opportunity to work in private practice as a professional counsellor is hugely important. With the forthcoming statutory regulation of counselling and psychotherapy, the fact that this programme has been validated by QQI should not be underestimated.

 

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