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Higher Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies ** Validated by QQI***

Higher Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies ** Validated by QQI*** is a course run by IICP College, Dublin. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of Part Time Two Year Programme. Higher Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies ** Validated by QQI*** gives a Course Qualification of Higher Diploma, awarded by QQI. For more information about Higher Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies ** Validated by QQI*** at IICP College, please review the details below.


Our two year Higher Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies is now accepting applications for the September 2023 intake. This innovative programme is validated by QQI. Designed in the style of a conversion or bridging programme, this two year training prepares learners to enter a professional practice masters. This programme does not in itself provide a professional qualification. This programme is aimed at non-counselling and/or psychotherapy graduates. It is primarily a conversion programme, and will set its graduates on the path towards becoming accredited members of our professional counselling and psychotherapy body. Successful completion of this programme will satisfy the academic and professional criteria required for entry into IICP College  two year Masters programme. The Higher Diploma, in combination with our Masters in Pluralistic Psychotherapy, facilitates a 4 year training in counselling and psychotherapy and learners who exit with the MSc in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy are eligible for IACP Membership.

At IICP, we desire to contribute a community dimension to the development of mental health care and counselling through the use of a practical, cutting-edge and integrative model, which forms the basis for this pioneering and innovative programme. We consider that training in counselling and psychotherapy is an inter-disciplinary endeavour, a combination of art and science to include, amongst others, the disciplines of philosophy, psychology, sociology and anthropology. IICP’s core philosophical ethos, which offers a theoretical framework encompassing humanistic-existential, cognitive-behavioural and multicultural psychotherapeutic models, is a contemporary integrative framework.

This unique approach offers a broad structure to professionals who are dealing with a diverse range of clients and presenting problems. IICP offer a unique learner-centred environment. At the heart of the training provided in IICP lies the belief that people are experts in the story of their own lives. The therapeutic process can encourage the client to make effective change in relation to life direction and the ensuing process of decision making. IICP holds that it is not enough to simply teach the skills of counselling and psychotherapy. Learners are given the space to learn, practice and be supported as they develop for themselves a style and model of counselling which is both personal and effective.

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Training ProviderIICP College
Course LocationTallaght, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 24
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationHigher Diploma
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsHigher Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Studies
Course Start Date15/09/2023
Course End Date16/06/2023
Course DurationPart Time Two Year Programme
Course Time1. September: Block - Friday evening classes 6:00pm to 9:00pm/10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to 5:00pm 2. September: Weekday - Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Course Fee€3,875 inclusive of QQI registration fee
Entry Requirements1. A recognised undergraduate degree in the human sciences, issued at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Those with a Level 7 Degree in the allied professions, with substantial professional experience may be considered under our recognition of prior learning and experience policy. 2. Learners will be invited to an interview with faculty as part of the application process. 3. Learners can apply for exemptions under RPL; however, such exemptions must be applied for in advance of commencing the programme. As this is a one stage award, all credits must be evidenced. 4. Learners will need to have access to workplace or voluntary role which will them to implement the learning of the programme. IICP will work with each student to ensure this entry requirement is achieved. 5. If English is your second language you are required to submit an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) cert at Level 6 or equivalent. For more information please click HERE • Completed an undergraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy that meets with IACP/IAHIP/BACP (or equivalent) standards. • RPL is always assessed on a case-by-case basis. • Applicants must complete IICP’s course comparison form as part of their application. This is available on request. • Learners will be invited to an interview with faculty as part of the application process.
Carear PathThis course is designed in the style of a conversion programme for graduates who hold a Level 8 Degree in the human sciences or equivalent. It is ideal for those who, upon completion, would like to transfer to a Master’s level practice programme to become professional therapists. The programme will also appeal to a variety of professionals who wish to augment and build upon previous training in the addiction, social care, health, education and mental health professions, but who do not necessarily want to practice as a therapist.
Phone087 905 5330
Course CodeHDIP_2023
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