Integrative Psychotherapy - Cork
The MA Integrative Psychotherapy runs on a 2-year cycle. The next round of applications will be in 2024. Applications will open in February 2024 and interviews will be held in May 2024). The Course will begin in September 2024.
The programme aims to equip practitioners with advanced knowledge and increased clinical capability.
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 coordinator.
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 required to 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 MTU combining the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, one year post-qualifying supervised clinical practice, and the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy, represents the best interpretation of the requirements as they currently prevail.
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.
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.
Master of Arts in Integrative Psychotherapy (Level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications).
What is a Module?
A module is a standalone unit of learning and assessment and is completed within one semester. A full-time student will normally study six modules in each semester; part-time and ACCS (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) students will have flexibility as to the number of modules taken.
For more information on approved modules for this course go to
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 one year post-qualifying supervised clinical practice with a minimum of 50 hours of clinical practice which is verified by an accredited
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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 MTU. 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 one year post-qualifying supervised clinical practice.
National Vetting Bureau: MTU uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery.
The next round of applications will be in February 2024 and interviews will be held in May 2024
M.A.: 90 ECTS
2 years part-time
To be confirmed for intake September 2021
This programme is run over a two year cycle (next intake is September 2021).
Post Course Info
Private practice as a Clinical Play Therapist
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services within the HSE
Play Therapist within the school setting / early years setting
Play Therapist within the homeless services
Play Therapist in community projects and Family Resource Centres
Expert witness in court proceedings
Graduates who successfully complete the MA in Play Therapy will have the specialised expertise in an emerging field of research, which in turn, will allow for professional supervision in niche areas