ICHAS (Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences)BA in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Youth Studies

BA in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Youth Studies

€ 3,825
4 Years
Level 8 QQI, Third Level and CAO

Course description

The B.A. (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies has been designed for individuals who wish to become competent professional practitioners in counselling related fields with a specific focus on Youth Studies. It focuses on the skills, knowledge and approach necessary to work within the youth context, with emphasis placed on the link between theory and practice.

The syllabus covers a diverse combination of theory and competence development. It focuses on areas such as understanding mental health and issues directly affecting young people such as education, health, inequality, racism, suicide and addiction. 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-centred 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. Further information on Placements is available on our website.


Why Choose This Programme?

  • An innovative course that develops industry-level academic and professional skills in Youth Studies
  • Excellent mix of theory, skills and personal development
  • Completion of work-based learning in the course
  • Validated by QQI  (Quality and Qualifications Ireland)
  • The programme is led and delivered by lecturers who have extensive skills and practical knowledge required to work in the area
  • Blended learning techniques allow the learner to access resources online

This new Honours BA programme is an exciting and innovative programme, designed to support students wishing to study towards becoming professional practitioners in Counselling related areas of practice and specifically in Youth based settings. Completion of the programme leads to an academic award at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications awarded by QQI.

Where successful graduates wish to pursue professional accreditation for practice, they must seek such accreditation from the relevant body in accordance with the guidelines of that particular body. The programme will contribute to the requirements for professional accreditation with relevant professional accrediting bodies in the fields of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ireland. Completion of this programme supports graduates on their journey towards professional accreditation until CORU finalises its Regulatory standards.

This programme has been benchmarked against QQI’s Award Standards for Counselling & Psychotherapy (2014) and the Professional Training Standards set by the European Association for Counselling (EAC), set in 2015. It is recognised towards requirements for professional accreditation with both the Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (APCP) and the National Association for Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy (NAPCP) and is awaiting recognition from Addiction Counsellors Ireland (ACI).

Full details can be found on our website: https://ichas.ie/course/b-a-hons-in-counselling-psychotherapy-with-youth-studies

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