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B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies

B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies is a course run by Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences, Limerick. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of 4 Years. B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies gives a Course Qualification of Honours Bachelor Degree, awarded by QQI. For more information about B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies at Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences, please review the details below.

This course has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related fields with a specific focus on addiction studies. The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It centers on areas such as understanding mental health, the theoretical evolution of addiction, substance and non-substance addictions, addiction intervention and recovery approaches.

It is taught using a combination of classroom-based and skill-based learning that allows the learner to avail of blended learning to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance while equipping the learner with the confidence, skills, and competencies to work in the addiction area of Counselling & Psychotherapy. While much of the course can be accessed online, in certain modules, mainly Skills Based, attendance is a mandatory requirement.

Having a student-centered approach that offers mentoring and placement support is a cornerstone of this course. Therefore, during work-based learning, each student will be required to undertake 200 hours of Direct client work under strict Clinical Supervision arrangements.

All students are supported with Personal Development Modules in the early stages of the Programme and are required to engage in a minimum of 50 Hours of Personal Psychotherapeutic Experience (or equivalent) across the programme. PPE may commence from the Second Semester of Stage 2 of the programme and will continue until Programme Completion. In certain modules (mainly Skills Based) attendance is a mandatory requirement.

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Training ProviderIrish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences
Course LocationCastletroy, Limerick
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationHonours Bachelor Degree
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsB.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies
Course Start Date01/09/2023
Course End Date30/04/2027
Course Duration4 Years
Course TimeThis programme is available to be taken on a full-time or part-time basis over 4 stages/years. Each Stage is taken across an Autumn and Spring teaching Semester, with work-based learning modules spreading across Semesters. Each Semester consists of 12-week terms, Semester 1 runs from September to December and Semester 2 from January to April.
Course Fee€3,825 per annum
Entry RequirementsThe knowledge, skills, and competence required to successfully participate in and complete the Level 8 Programme are outlined below: All applicants must be over 18 years of age and are required to undergo Garda Vetting Applicants will be required to have basic IT literacy, skills, and competence For non-native speakers of English, a C score in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) or equivalent International English Language Testing System IELTS score of 6.0 is required CAO Applicants A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including English or Irish. Mathematics is not a subject requirement for this programme. Leaving Certificate candidates are required to apply for participation in the programme through the CAO system. Once an offer of a place is made, all applicants will be required to undergo Garda vetting procedures (this criterion will be communicated to all applicants in advance of final CAO offers) and make a self-declaration of Fitness for the Programme. Mature Applicants (Over 23 Years of Age) Mature Applicants will undergo the following selection process: Attend for an interview All applicants who are assessed at the interview will be assessed based on qualifications (max 40 marks), experience and achievements (max 30 marks), and plans and objectives (max 30 marks). Applicants will be required to achieve a minimum of 60 marks in total to be accepted on the programme and with a pro-rata score in each of the areas indicated above. Provide any information requested by the Institute e.g. provision of personal references Undergo Garda vetting procedures All applicants will be required to complete the Garda vetting procedure for working with children and vulnerable adults and all applicants will be subject to the College’s ‘Fitness to Practice’ policy, which is set out in detail in the Programme Handbook and on the website. An overall points score will be allocated to each applicant on the basis of the three stages of the process above. Offers of places will be contingent on compliance with the selection procedures and the College satisfying itself that, at the time of application, applicants have the capacity to engage fully with the programme. 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 emphasis on academic and clinical experience.
Carear PathThe programme is highly interactive and is designed for learners who wish to begin their educational and learning journey in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy specifically to work in addiction settings. It is specially designed for those who aspire to develop professional’s competence to work with diverse and marginalised groups of people or individuals with complex needs. The primary focus will be working with individuals and groups but also to prepare learners to contribute at community and policy levels as practitioners in their field. This programme is for those who wish to break down barriers of access to evidence-based intervention and create opportunities for high-quality treatment experiences for all who need them. Graduates of this programme can be found working in the private and public statutory sector in organisations such as Tusla, HSE, Merchants Quay Project, Peter McVerry Trust, Irish Prison Service, Aiseiri, and other areas of addiction practice. Graduates have also found employment in community-based organisations, working with individuals, families, and communities affected by addiction as members of multi-disciplinary teams in health, settings within the private, community, and voluntary sectors.
Phone061 216 288
Course CodePG24455
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Walton House, National Technology Park,, Castletroy, Limerick, Republic of Ireland. Eircode: V94 T2XT

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