MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Person Centred Modalities)

Two Years Part-Time
Validated by
Blended Learning
Dublin Main Campus
NFQ Level
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Course Overview

Looking to develop your career in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a particular emphasis on Person Centred Approaches?

This is an ICHAS course delivered at Griffith College by ICHAS.

This programme is suitable for graduates who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of the human condition and the contribution of advanced-level counselling and psychotherapy practice. It uses person-centred approaches that focus on the person’s perceptions of his or her present circumstances and assist the person in identifying his or her own answers to problems or obstacles in life. 

Why Study for a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Person Centred Modalities)?

This programme enables learners to critically evaluate institutionalised practices and values and act as agents for challenge and change in their professional contexts. 

The aims of the MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Person Centred Modalities) are to:

  • Recognise the special contribution of professional counsellors and psychotherapists using a range of scientifically established paradigms and approaches to individuals, their families, and communities in supporting individual recovery and well-being. At policy and preventative levels regarding public health models, thus enriching the lives of individuals and communities. 
  • Address the needs of practitioners and graduates who wish to develop their professional competence in areas of counselling and psychotherapy through advanced study in person-centred modalities and the professional placement and research elements, develop personal and professional capacity and develop collaborative problem-solving skills underpinned by evidence-based practice and reflection.
  • This programme is congruent to provide accessible and flexible programmes to adult learners. It has been designed with particular emphasis on using blended learning technologies to support traditional classroom learning.
  • Support learners' personal and professional development, enabling them to achieve a Master's Degree in Counselling and psychotherapy, focusing on person-centred modalities.
  • This Master's will develop the learner's knowledge, skills, and competence to an appropriate level of Higher-Order Practice.
  • Designed to build personal capacity, collaborative problem-solving skills and an understanding of the systems and context within which individuals may be best supported.
  • The programme provides a progression opportunity to complete various Programmes at Level 10 nationally and internationally.

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Blended - September 2024

Course Details

Course Placement & Personal Therapy

Practicum Module:

Learners must undertake work-based learning requiring 200 hours of Client Work in a counselling or psychotherapy setting. This allows learners to apply the theoretical and practical aspects of the programme, working therapeutically with clients in a clinical setting and developing transferable, adaptable, appropriate therapeutic and active listening skills under appropriate clinical supervisory arrangements. 

Students are required to undertake clinical supervision during their placement. The placement will also enhance the development of your professional disposition to work confidently and independently in various settings. Some of the placement providers that we work closely with are Aiseiri Treatment Centres (Nationwide), MyMind (Nationwide), Let’s Get Talking (Galway, Shannon, Dublin, Wexford), Cuan Mhuire, Jigsaw, SOSAD, Haven Hub (Limerick, Clare) and various youth-focused and childhood based settings.


Knowing Self Module:

Learners will undertake 50 hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic experience as part of the Knowing Self module

Module Outline

This module aims to support learners in acquiring the knowledge of person-centered approaches to counselling and psychotherapy necessary to work with clients. Over the course of the module, learners will focus on the theoretical basis for Person-Centered counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches. They must appraise the evidence base for the range of explanatory theories and practices associated with this Modality of Practice.

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to critically evaluate the differing approaches and methods used for the generation of evidence.

The module aims to facilitate students' exploration and critical evaluation of skills and competencies used in individual person-centred counselling and psychotherapy. Over the course of the module, learners will focus on the central place of the therapeutic relationship and the role of the practitioner in supporting and facilitating change. They will also be required to appraise the evidence base for person-centred approaches.

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to explore and critically evaluate the use of Therapeutic Group Work in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy. Learners will focus on the central place of the Therapeutic Relationship and the role of the practitioner in supporting and facilitating Group Work over the period of the Module. They will also be required to appraise the evidence base for Group Work within Person centred approaches.

The aim of this module is to help the learner achieve a higher order understanding of the importance of mental illness and disorder in the context of psychotherapeutic activities.

The Module will focus on the development of in-depth ‘personal’ knowledge through structured forms of psychotherapeutic engagement. This module will offer an experientially orientation introduction to personal psychotherapeutic experience. 

The aim of the module is to facilitate students to critically evaluate the use of Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy in differing contexts and with differing populations.

The aim of this module is to support learners to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitude to work within applied settings at a higher order level using a defined structure to enhance ongoing performance. The fields of Counselling & Psychotherapy have dimensions that extend beyond the acquisition of theoretic knowledge alone and the professional Practicum placement affords the opportunity for learning to take place in appropriate professional contexts. This module aims to extend the professional experience of learners through exposure to varied counselling and psychotherapeutic approaches and philosophies, and allow them the opportunity to experience a range of service provision models. This experience will allow learners to reflect critically on issues relating to quality and delivery of practice. The module will further explore the concepts of professionalism, ethical practice and continuing professional development, enabling learners to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes for dealing with issues both personal and professional. 

As a capstone module, the aim is to facilitate students to complete a research project, drawing on their own learning within the programme and enabling them to focus on an area of specialism that is of particular interest and relevance to their own practice. The Dissertation module (30 ECTS) will be a culmination of the research-based practice/independent practice and in the form of an Academic Dissertation. 

Course Contact

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

Griffith College Professional Academy team at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.



Timetables will be made available closer to the course start date.

This course is delivered over 2 Years Part-Time. Lectures are delivered one evening a week from 6pm-9pm and on approximately eight Saturdays from 9:30am-4:30 pm in the academic year (Sept-May). 

The programme utilises blended learning for theoretic elements of engagement while in-person attendance is required for skills-based modules, allowing for flexibility in achieving a work/life/study balance.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements 

This programme is designed for graduates in health and human sciences, particularly graduates of counselling-related programmes, nursing, social care, social work, psychology, and programmes in cognate areas, who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding of the human condition. 

The knowledge, skills and competence required to successfully participate in and complete this Level 9 Programme.

Applicants will normally have successfully achieved a Level 2:2 award in a relevant Human Science Level 8 degree.

Those who have completed other relevant education programmes or have relevant professional experience, etc., where Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Acquired Prior Learning (APL) can be applied to the programme by submission of programme content, qualification, and assignments equivalent to an appropriate Level 8 award at an Honours 2:2 standard can also be considered.

All applicants undertake a selection interview to support applicants to make an informed decision regarding their choice of programme and to ensure suitability.

Successful applicants would be required to complete Garda Vetting at the College.

English Language Requirements: 

If English is not your native language, you must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement. The minimum English language proficiency requirement for this programme is B2+ in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, which is equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

The College is committed to recognising 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, such as exemption from a module.

It is the learner's responsibility 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.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Tuition Fees

Study Mode: Blended

Dublin Main Campus

EUR 7,800.00

This programme is offered on a part-time basis only, and tuition fee payment options, including payment plans, are available to learners.

Students may opt for a flexible payment plan of monthly instalments which incur an extra fee of €150. All fees are fully protected under PEL (Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy).

Additional Requirements and Costs
Please be aware that Personal Therapy and Clinical Supervision must be completed as part of the programme, and the costs associated with these are extra and not included in tuition fees.


On successful completion of the MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy, learners will be qualified to access Level 10 Programmes on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Career Options:
This programme is designed to meet the requirement of professional accreditation with the Association of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (APCP) and the National Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy. Graduates from this programme can be found working in various settings across the caring profession and can be found working in such as:

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