Counselling & Psychotherapy BA1 & BA2 (BA Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR_HCOUN_8

  • Field of Study

    Counselling

  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    The online application system is now closed for the course commencing September 2022. Please see further details here in early February next year for course beginning in September 2023.

Course Summary

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy is recognised as a professional training course by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and satisfies the professional accreditation requirements of this body.

Admission Requirements:

The online application system is now closed for the course commencing September 2022. Please see further details here in early February next year for course beginning in September 2023.

 

 

Applicants for 2022/2023 must:

  1. Applicants must be 26 years of age or older on January 1st of year of application.
     
  2. Have successfully completed the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills.
     
  3. Be assessed through (a) interview or (b) progression assessment (for internal students). 


National Vetting Bureau

MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. For more information, please click here

Department(s)

Applied Social Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy is a four year course comprising the following:

One Year Certificate in Counselling Skills > please click for detailed information

Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills > please click for detailed information


BA1 – Year one of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy

BA2 – Year two of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy


The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy satisfies the accreditation requirements of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

 

  • All part-time programmes at MTU will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.
     
  • Students should note that fees quoted relate to the academic year 2021/2022 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only.
     
  • Course fees must be paid before attending lectures. For more information on fees, please visit fees/students 

 

Course fee for 2021/2022: BA1: €2,975 | BA2: €2,975

Please note: Before applying for BA1 and BA2 of the Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Counselling & Psychotherapy you must sucessfully complete the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills.

 

Aims

This course is a professional practitioner training in counselling and psychotherapy. Its aim is to develop reflective and skilled practitioners who will have attained the requisite knowledge, personal development and competence to provide counselling and psychotherapy in a professional manner.

 

Core Theoretical Orientation

The core theoretical orientation of the course is integrative. The core humanistic elements are person centred, Gestalt and transactional analysis. The course also draws substantially from the relational end of psychoanalysis. Some elements from the cognitive and behavioural traditions are also included.

 

Course Content for BA1 and BA2

The course is offered over two semesters from September to May each year. Each semester has five modules. The course has five key elements which are integrated in the training, using a strong experiential and practical focus. These are:


 1. Counselling and Psychotherapy Theory and Application

  • The Gestalt approach 
  • The person-centred and transactional analysis approaches revisited and integrated 
  • An introduction to the cognitive behavioural approach 
  • Integrating elements of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Developmental theory 
  • Personality theory 
  • An integrative theory of counselling and psychotherapy   
  • Professional practice and ethics 
  • Understanding abnormality 
  • Therapeutic change 


2. Practitioner Development/Group Supervision

  • Structuring the counselling and psychotherapy process
  • Developing a therapeutic relationship
  • Assessment and diagnosis 
  • Counselling planning 
  • Integrative interventions 
  • Supervised practice 

 
 3. Experiential Group Process (BA1) / Personal Process Integration (BA2) 
The content of the experiential group process arises from within the process itself. The purpose of the experiential group process module is to provide the students with a facilitated group experience through which they will have the opportunity to develop, expand and consolidate personal process competencies which are necessary for their development as counselling and psychotherapy practitioners. 

 

4. Supervised Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
Through regular supervision the student will receive ongoing support, guidance and assessment of all aspects of their work with clients. 

 

5. Counselling and Psychotherapy Integration
This element provides students with the opportunity to integrate the theoretical, personal and practice elements of their training in an experiential way.

 

Work with Clients 

Students will be required to carry out 120 hours of counselling work with clients during the training.  They will be required to obtain supervision for this work from a supervisor nominated by the university. Payment for supervision will be made directly by students and is not included in the course fee. 

 

Personal Therapy

Students will be required to have undertaken at least 100 sessions of personal therapy before the completion of their training. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist.

 

Dual Relationships

Due to the personal and experiential nature of the course, it is generally not possible to have staff or students with significant existing personal or professional relationships in the same course group. Where possible, every effort is made to overcome this difficulty by placing them in separate groups. Often times this solution is not possible and in these instances, a dual relationship may prevent the applicant from being offered a place on the course at that time.

 

Award

On successful completion of the full programme, students will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, awarded by the Munster Technological University. On achieving the degree, graduates will be equipped to carry out counselling and psychotherapy with the support of supervision.  The BA (Honours) degree is a fully validated professional counselling and psychotherapy training programme which satisfies the accreditation requirements of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.  

 

Duration

The course will be offered on a part-time basis over two years. The regular sessions will be held on two evenings per week 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Alternatively, some of the evening sessions could be transferred to Saturday. When a Saturday is involved it would replace two evening sessions.

 

During BA1, there will be two weekend workshops in addition to the regular weekly sessions.

 

Assessment

Assessment will be made for the purposes of evaluating overall competency in Counselling and Psychotherapy. To this end, the assessment methods are:

  1. Written projects
  2. Practical skills assessments
  3. Attendance at and participation in all programme activities
  4. A final oral examination

For detailed information on modules, please click below

 

View Modules

 

Further Studies

The MA in Integrative Psychotherapy 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.

 

Please click here for detailed programme information.

 
  1. Applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

    Note: You will not be charged for applying for the programme by clicking the 'apply online' button, you are only asked to pay an acceptance fee if a place is offered to you and you wish to accept it.
     
  2. Please download and complete this Supplementary Information Form – B.A. (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy - BA1.

    When completed, upload this form to the section titled “Supporting Documentation” in your online application.

    Do not upload any other documentation at this time. It is NOT necessary for current students of the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills to complete the Supplementary Information Form.
     

An assessment panel will review all applications. 

An assessment panel composed of the current tutors of the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills will be involved in the assessment decisions regarding readiness to progress for current students. These applicants are not required to attend for interview.

Applicants who have previously completed the Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills at MTU (formerly CIT) will be invited for interview. 

 

 

The online application system is now closed for the course commencing September 2022. Please see further details here in early February next year for course beginning in September 2023.

 

 

Helen Moylan (for enquiries regarding BA1 programme)
helen.moylan@mtu.ie

Maria Bowens (for enquiries regarding BA2 programme)
maria.bowens@mtu.ie

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