Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Turning Point Institute

Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy

Commencing in September each year, the four-year MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy is currently the flagship programme for Turning Point™ Institute. At TPI, we believe in the ability of the individual to actualise within a developmental and transpersonal framework and be guided by their own ability to effect change. Our integrative approach is embedded within a humanistic framework and informed by the transpersonal approach of Psychosynthesis and the developmental insights of a psychodynamic approach. This unique synthesis infuses all aspects of the course: through experiential training, clinical practice, supervision and theoretical teaching and research. A key aim of the course is to enable students to develop their own approach to integration, both for themselves and for the practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Recognising the co-created nature of the Psychotherapeutic relationship, involving the person of the therapist as well as the client, we place special emphasis on developing self-reflexive practice.

We at Turning Point™ Institute believe that the qualities and skills required to 'teach' Counselling and Psychotherapy are complex and unique, and that life-long learning and self-development are central to individual and professional development. Graduates of Turning Point™ Institute are respected and welcomed throughout the profession.

The Professional Training Programme is accredited/recognised by the
following professional bodies:
• The Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)
• The Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP)
• The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP)
• The European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP)
• The European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP)

The part-time MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy runs over four academic years from the date of first registration for the programme. Students take modules to a total value of 100 credits. Students take taught modules to the value of 60 credits over three years incorporating approximately 640 hours of structured contact time. Lectures and experiential group learning take place over 8/9 three-day weekends during the academic year. Students take a second Clinical Supervision module ( 10 credits) in year 4. A Research Dissertation (30 credits) is submitted in the Summer of Year 4.

Year 1 and Year 2:
Fridays: 1.30 pm – 8.00 pm 1.30 pm – 8.00 pm
Saturdays: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm 10.00 am – 6.00 pm
Sundays: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Year 3:
Fridays: 1.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Saturdays: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm or 8.00 pm
Sundays: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

Year 4 (subject to change)
Fridays 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm or 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Saturdays: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sundays: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm

In addition to the above, all students are required to:
• Attend fortnightly Clinical Supervision (Years 3 and 4)
• Attend regular Academic Supervision (Year 4)
• Engage in peer Counselling weekly (Year 2) including during the
summer breaks
• Attend a 2 hour study group approximately once a month including
during the summer breaks
• Attend personal therapy weekly during the four years of the course

Terms & Conditions of Acceptance and provisional timetables will
be sent to candidates when they are offered a place on the course.
Further course details will be sent out when candidates have accepted
their places and paid full fees.

Course Content
Our integrative approach is embedded within a Humanistic framework and informed by the transpersonal approach of Psychosynthesis and the developmental insights of a Psychodynamic orientation. These main modalities are underpinned with modules in; the Practice of Psychotherapy, Personality and Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Research.

Skills Training takes place mainly in small groups. Once students have successfully passed the Year 2 Modules and are deemed "Fit to Practice", they begin to see clients from May/June, at the end of Year 2. Students cannot begin to see clients until all modules in the year have been passed.

The Institute will make every effort to support students in finding a suitable placement. However they cannot guarantee to provide students with clients. Students are therefore ultimately responsible for finding their own placements/clients.

Entry requirements

1 Prospective students should have a Level 8 Honours Degree (at least a 2.2 or equivalent).

2 Prospective students who do not possess a primary degree may gain entry through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis through the presentation of a 3,000 word essay and a 1,000 word book review which will be examined and marked by an external examiner. The fee for this will be €150 and must be borne by the applicant. If they attain a mark of 40% or more they will then be called for interview.

Prospective students will be called for interview, the purpose of which is to ascertain whether the person has the necessary qualities, both academic and personal, to undertake a professional training programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Interviews are usually carried out by two members of faculty. The offer of a place on the programme is contingent upon the applicant completing a successful interview. Supporting documentary evidence of qualifications will be required when offered a place on the course.

Application dates


Interested prospective students are required to complete a detailed application form, including 300 words on their motivation for applying for this course.

Selection for interview
Those selected for interview will normally have a minimum of 5 years post-graduate experience. Pre-graduate experience will be considered.

Assessment Info

Assessment is based on attendance, course work and clinical requirements and includes written work and skills development. There is no formal written examination. Each student in training is considered as an individual on an individual journey. Students are assessed each year and progress on from year to year only when they have met all the requirements to date, including the clinical requirements. An external examiner is involved in assessment for all years. An appeals procedure operates.


4 years.

Schedule: Part-Time at Weekends
Location: 23 Herbert Street, Dublin 2 D02 HD68


There is a non-refundable application fee of €150.

For RPL students who are short-listed to the second round of selection there is an additional non-refundable fee of €150.

A non-refundable deposit of €2,000 must be paid on acceptance of a place on the course. The balance of fees must be paid in full before commencement of the first weekend of the course year. A separate annual registration fee of €250 plus vat is payable to UCC.

The fee for Year 1 2019/20 is €6,600 (this does not include the fee for registration). Fees for Years 2, 3 & 4 are available on request.

Fees may increase from year to year.

The course is eligible for tax relief under section 473A, Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997. For further information contact your Regional Revenue Office or visit the Revenue's website

Enrolment dates

Commencing October 2020

Post Course Info

On successful completion of the full four-year programme (100 credits), UCC awards candidates an MSc in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Students should consult the following link regarding Marks and Standards:

Upon completion of the 4 year Professional Training Programme and the passing of 70 credits, students can apply to be conferred with an award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. A student who subsequently applies to continue to Masters level and complete the dissertation must do so within 5 years of receiving the Postgraduate Diploma.

Professional accreditation
The 4-year professional training course is accredited by the European Association of Psychotherapy (EAP) and recognised by the European Association of Integrative Psychotherapy (EAIP) as having met their training standard requirements. Students who successfully graduate from the four-year course will be eligible to apply for the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP) and the European Certificate of Integrative Psychotherapy (ECIP).

The 4-year Diploma in Integrative Clinical Psychotherapy is recognized by the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, IAHIP (ICP/EAP). In order to meet their requirements, students must successfully complete all four years.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime,Weekend

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