The MA in Psychotherapy offers a postgraduate qualification which meets requirements for professional training for individuals interested in training as humanistic and psychodynamic psychotherapists in the integrative model. A combination of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Counselling and Psychotherapy (or equivalent) and the MA in Psychotherapy at Dublin Business School should fulfil the requirements of a four-year training course that is expected by the professional bodies in the field of Psychotherapy. The MA course is also research focused and therefore provides students with a range of research skills appropriate to the field of counselling and psychotherapy.
The MA in Psychotherapy is delivered on a modular basis during evenings and weekends and will normally take students two years to complete. During each year, students will normally study two evenings a week for two 12-week semesters and attend weekend experiential workshops and seminars. In this time students will participate in experiential group learning and attend academic lectures, both of which direct their study and understanding of counselling and the theories and practices of counselling and psychotherapy.
In the second year of the programme, there are two Master Class modules involving highly experienced practitioners bringing that experience to a teaching context. In order to best equip students' research methodologies and the range of contemporary issues that face professional psychotherapists will also be amongst the topics studied.
Fundamental to training in the field of counselling and psychotherapy is the undergoing of one's own psychotherapy. This work of clarifying one's actions and motivations is challenging, stimulating and ultimately rewarding at a personal level as well as grounding professional practice. Students should expect to be in their own personal therapy for the duration of the MA.
The MA programme involves students beginning supervised clinical counselling/ psychotherapy practice. Supporting this, in addition to the personal psychotherapy mentioned above are two forms of clinical supervision individual and group. The two supervision arrangements provide the opportunity for students to articulate their questions regarding their therapeutic interventions and position. Group supervision is incorporated into the MA timetable. Payment in relation to one's personal psychotherapy and individual supervision is not included in the course fee and is arranged individually with the therapist and supervisor.
Suited to: Counselling and Psychotherapy Graduates.