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Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice

Programme Overview: This M.A in Clinical Supervision in Professional Practice is primarily aimed at those working in professions relating to health, education and social work or care. The programme provides participants with an opportunity to explore and develop the skills and attributes required to support co-workers and subordinates and enable them to respond to rapidly changing situations within their place of work through Clinical Supervision structures.

It is designed to support understanding and higher order knowledge related to key aspects of 'good practice. The programme equips students with the reflective skills and attributes necessary to provide what is now recognised as an essential structured support mechanism required to support 'best practice within professional practice.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:
A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.2) at Level 8,or its equivalent in a related discipline. The nature of the programme allows for the consideration of candidates from a variety of backgrounds. Those with relevant experience will also be considered through APL/RPL. Applicants are also required to complete a short interview.

All applicants are expected to be fluent and competent in both written and spoken English. In the case of overseas applications students will have to provide certification of competency in English indicating a minimum score of 6.5 IELTS.


This programme can be completed over I or more years full or part-time

Careers or further progression

Academic Progression: Graduates who successfully complete this programme may pursue Doctoral programmes (level 10 on NFQ) at other colleges and universities in both Ireland and abroad.

Career Opportunities: Graduates can expect extended opportunities for employment in areas specialising in clinical supervision, professional and psychotherapeutic practice. Graduates are expected to act as leaders or partners in multi-disciplinary teams within the statutory, private and commercial sectors dealing with a wide range of complex issues that require professional intervention.

Further enquiries

Further Information:
Admissions Office
Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences , Walton House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park , Castletroy, Limerick

Email: Telephone: 061 216288 Website:
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Subjects taught

Programme Outline:

Principles of Supervision in Professional Practice Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
The practice and Process of Supervision Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Psychotherapeutic Models of Clinical Supervision Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 40 Practical 60
Developmental Models of Clinical Supervision Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Integrative Models of Clinical Supervision Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Terminal Assessment 30
Evidence Based Practice and Research Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 100
Research Methods and Design Credits 5 Project 100
Elective Module Credits 5 Continuous Assessment 70 Practical 30
Practicum Credits 20 Continuous Assessment 100
Dissertation Credits 30 Continuous Assessment 100


Teaching and Learning Approach: The course uses both direct provision and blended learning: In the vast majority of cases students can access courses using any one of 3 approaches— By going to class, on line or by viewing podcasts of the individual class sessions. However in specific modules classroom attendance is a requirement.

Assessment method

Assessment: The programme has been designed to enable learners to demonstrate their academic and reflective learning in appropriate ways. The assessment strategy accommodates different learning styles and therefore the programme requires learners to undertake a range of practical assignment, essays, learning journals, examinations, reflective exercises and projects.

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