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Integrative Psychotherapy

The programme aims to equip practitioners with the advanced knowledge and clinical capability that would match international standards 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.

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.

All applicants who enroll in the MA in Integrative Psychotherapy will be required to undergo Garda vetting.


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.

Number of credits


Further enquiries

Una Coakley
T: 087 6691584

Dr Geraldine Sheedy
T: 021 4335315

Subjects taught

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

Semester 1
• Developmental Theory & Adult Adaptations
• Clinical Assessment & Case Formulation
• Personal & Relational Process
• Supervised Psychotherapy Practice

Semester 2
• Trauma, Dissociation and their treatment
• Clinical Process of Psychotherapy
• Personal and Clinical Integration
• Practitioner Research Methods

Semester 3
• Mental Health Placement
• Reflective Practitioning Dissertation (25 ECTS)


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.

Location: CIT Bishopstown Campus.

Application date

Closing date: 12th May 2017

Course fee

EU Applicants €3,500

Enrolment and start dates

This programme is run over a two year cycle (next intake is September 2017).

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