Integrative Psychotherapy (MA)
Field of Study
Type of Course:
Type of Qualification:
Type of Study:
Application Closing Date:
5th May 2017
Full-time course duration:
3 Semesters (See Timing Details below)
a) Have successfully completed the Bachelor of Art (Honours) in Counselling or Psychotherapy (minimum H2.2) or an equivalent* professional training in Counselling and Psychotherapy that satisfies the training requirements for professional accreditation.
b) Have competed two years post-qualifying supervised clinical practice with a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice which is verified by an accredited supervisor.
c) Be assessed through interview
d) Submit two written references (for applicants who have not already been on a prior stage of the course)
Where an applicant has not completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling or Psychotherapy, equivalence is assessed through the formal Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process used in Cork Institute of Technology. This involves applicants preparing a portfolio in which they would demonstrate how they have achieved the learning outcome of the modules in the BA (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as the two years post-qualifying supervised clinical practice.
All applicants who enrol in the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy will be required to undergo Garda vetting.
Applied Social Studies
The course has 90 credits and will be offered as follows: i) Year 1 (60 Credits) is a taught year where students will attend at College and supervision, thus completing the taught modules of the course. The regular sessions will be held on a combination of weekday evenings (generally 6.30pm to 9.30pm) and on Saturdays and Sundays. ii) Year 2 (30 Credits) will involve a programme of directed/supervised learning where students will research and write the Reflective Practitioning dissertation. During this year they will also carry out their Mental Health Placement.
The administrative details below refer to the 2014-2015 academic year. This information (and course fee details (if applicable) will be updated in due course in preparation for the 2017 intake)
Course Fee: €3,500
Course Fee for Dissertation and Mental Health Placement: €1,200
Union of Students in Ireland (USI) Levy
The USI membership levy of €7.00 has been introduced as a result of a referendum where students opted to affiliate to the national Students’ Union. This levy must be paid before the start of Semester 1.
The course has 90 credits and will be offered as follows:
- Year 1 (60 Credits) is a taught year where students will attend at College and supervision, thus completing the taught modules of the course. The regular sessions will be held on a combination of weekday evenings (generally 6.30pm to 9.30pm) and on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Year 2 (30 Credits) will involve a programme of directed/supervised learning where students will research and write the Reflective Practitioning dissertation. During this year they will also carry out their Mental Health Placement.
This programme is a postgraduate course of study and training in Integrative Psychotherapy for practitioners who have completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy or its equivalent. It aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards of best practice within the Psychotherapy profession.
All modules are 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted
1. Developmental Theory & Adult Adaptations
Students will be facilitated to develop an integrated understanding of modern developmental theory with a significant emphasis on its Neurobiological underpinnings. They will develop an in-depth understanding of the source and nature of developmental trauma. They will learn to use this theory to guide their clinical work and to help them chart a direction for Psychotherapy. They will develop an integrated Psychotherapy approach for working with developmentally based disorders.
2. Clinical Assessment & Case Formulation
Students will be facilitated to develop an integrated understanding of the theory and application of clinical assessment, case formulation, treatment planning and delivery. They will apply this to a wide range of clinical issues and use it as a framework to analyse their practitioning.
3. Personal & Relational Process
Students will be facilitated to develop an integrated understanding of Relational Psychotherapy, focusing on the two-person, intersubjective, co-created therapeutic relationship, with major reference to unconscious process and the use of this to enhance their clinical work. They will be facilitated in an experiential way to review their own personal process and explore its impact in the co-created therapeutic relationship. They will explore their countertransference responses in Psychotherapy and relate them to their own personal process.
4. Trauma, Dissociation and their treatment
Guided by the most recent Neuroscience research and practice in the field of Traumatology, Students will develop an integrated understanding of the nature and origins of trauma and dissociation and their symptoms. They will be introduced to a comprehensive Psychotherapeutic framework for the assessment and treatment of trauma and dissociation. They will be introduced to the range of current therapeutic methodologies reflecting the most recent advances in Neuroscience.
5. Clinical Process of Psychotherapy
Students will be facilitated to develop an integrated understanding of the principles of Psychotherapeutic change. They will learn and consolidate an approach to
Psychotherapy practice involving the integration of relevant theoretical approaches and clinical methods.
6. Personal and Clinical Integration
Students will be facilitated in an experiential way to explore and analyse their integration of the clinical and personal dimensions in their practice of Psychotherapy. Included in this will be an in-depth exploration of difficult and challenging phenomena in the therapeutic engagement. Students will also be facilitated in an experiential way to critically evaluate issues arising from working with difference and diversity in their therapeutic practice.
7. Supervised Psychotherapy Practice
Through the use of group and individual supervision formats, students will be facilitated in their development as advanced psychotherapy practitioners. They will receive advanced facilitation to review their clinical practice and thereby identify their strengths and areas for development.
8. Practitioner Research Methods
Students will learn the key principles and methods of Practitioner research in Psychotherapy. They will apply these principles and methods to the design and planning of their Reflective Practitioning Dissertation.
9. Mental Health Placement
The aim of the mental health placement is to enable students to gain direct experience of the procedures, approaches and methods used in the mental health services.
10. Reflective Practitioning Dissertation (25 ECTS)
Students will follow an individualised learning programme through which they will apply their learning and reflection to their own integrative Psychotherapy practice. This will include a practitioner lead qualitative research project focusing on their own integrative psychotherapy practice. The will culminate in students writing their Reflective Practitioning Dissertation and their exploration of this at the final oral examination.
Client work and supervision
Students will be required to carry out 100 hours of Counselling work with clients during each year of the course. They will be required to obtain supervision for this work from their own Supervisor. Additionally, during Year 1 they will participate in monthly group supervision arranged by the course. Payment for individual and group supervision will be made directly by students and is not included in the course fee.
Students will be in weekly personal therapy throughout the course. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist.
- The process of establishing training standards to prepare for the statutory registration of Psychotherapists in Ireland is in an emergent state of development.
- The present overall training programme at CIT combining the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, two years post-qualifying supervised clinical practice and the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, represents the best interpretation of the requirements as they currently prevail.
CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
For detailed module information, please click here.
To apply, please click below to download the application form.
The MA in Integrative Psychotherapy is run over a two year cycle. The next intake will be in September 2017. Closing date for application is 5th May 2017.
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