Integrative Psychotherapy

The programme aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability of best practice within the Psychotherapy profession.

Client work and supervision:
Students will be required to carry out 100 hours of Counselling work with clients during each year of the course. They will be required to obtain supervision for this work from their own Supervisor. Additionally, during Year 1 they will participate in monthly group supervision arranged by the course. Payment for individual and group supervision will be made directly by students and is not included in the course fee.

Personal Therapy:
Students will be in weekly personal therapy throughout the course. The cost of this is separate to the course and is arranged directly between the student and the therapist.

The process of establishing training standards to prepare for the statutory registration of Psychotherapists in Ireland is continuing.

The present overall training programme at CIT combining the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, two years post-qualifying supervised clinical practice and the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, represents the best interpretation of the requirements as they currently prevail.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

• Have successfully completed the Bachelor of Art (Honours) in Counselling or Psychotherapy (minimum H2.2) or an equivalent* professional training in Counselling and Psychotherapy that satisfies the training requirements for professional accreditation.

• Have competed two years post qualifying supervised clinical practice with a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice which is verified by an accredited supervisor.

• Be assessed through interview.

• Submit two written references (for applicants who have not already been on a prior stage of the course).

*Where an applicant has not completed the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling or Psychotherapy, equivalence is assessed through the formal Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process used in Cork Institute of Technology. This involves applicants preparing a portfolio in which they would demonstrate how they have achieved the learning outcome of the modules in the BA (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as the two years post-qualifying supervised clinical practice.

Early Assessment
Because of the clinical placement component of this programme, it is a condition of entry that all successful applicants who gain a place on the course will be subject to the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) procedure carried out by the NVB facilitator at CIT. Offers of a place on this programme will be provisional and contingent on the applicant's satisfactory completion of CIT's NVB procedure. Visit gardavetting

Subjects taught

All modules are worth 5 credits (ECTS) unless otherwise noted.

Developmental Theory & Adult Adaptations
Clinical Assessment & Case Formulation (10 ECTS)
Personal & Relational Process (10 ECTS)
Supervised Psychotherapy Practice

Trauma, Dissociation and their treatment
Clinical Process of Psychotherapy
Personal and Clinical Integration (10 ECTS)
Practitioner Research Methods
Supervised Psychotherapy Practice

Mental Health Placement
Reflective Practitioning Dissertation (25 ECTS)


M.A.: 90 ECTS


The programme has 90 credits and will be offered as follows:

Year 1 (60 Credits) is a taught year where students will attend at College and supervision, thus completing the taught modules of the course. The regular sessions will be held on a combination of weekday evenings (generally 6.30pm to 9.30pm) and on Saturdays and Sundays.

Year 2 (30 Credits) will involve a programme of directed/supervised learning where students will research and write the Reflective Practitioning dissertation. During this year they will also carry out their Mental Health Placement.


To be confirmed for intake September 2021

Enrolment dates

This programme is run over a two year cycle (next intake is September 2021).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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