The M.A. in Counselling and Pastoral Care is designed to prepare students to be competent and effective practitioners in pastoral care embedded in counselling principles. The programme develops competence through in-depth study, meaningful structured reflection and the integration of theory with experiential learning through practice. This Masters programme provides learners an opportunity to develop the key professional skills, knowledge, attributes and approaches required to successfully engage in counselling and pastoral care. Special attention is placed on the research element of this Masters so as to allow learners to investigate and deepen insights specific to the field of pastoral care and combine that learning with the personal learning associated with reflective practice.
As part of the M.A. in Counselling and Pastoral Care, participants will learn about a variety of areas including personhood and pastoral practice, life crisis and pastoral care, psychotherapeutic skills and engagement, principles and theories of counselling and psychotherapy, counselling and psychotherapeutic practice, evidence based practice and research methods and design.
All of these modules are designed to support you to apply all these elements of learning during the 200 hours of client work you are required to engage with in a practicum module as well as in the completion of a dissertation. The programme combines both theory and practical skills in a way that supports the academic and professional development of the learner.
The course was revised in 2015 and is validated by Quality and Qualification Ireland (QQI) who have overall responsibility for the quality of 3rd level academic programmes in Ireland.
The course commences each September and can be taken on a full time or part-time basis. Likewise, individual modules may also be taken on a stand alone basis. Taught Modules are taken across two twelve week terms through a combination of classroom based modules as well as some that are blended. Blended learning combines face to face and web based teaching and learning, which allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules mandatory attendance is a requirement.
How can I complete this Course?
Students can complete this course on either a full-time or part-time basis. Class participation for classroom based teaching normally requires attendance on 1 evening per week (6pm to 10pm) and Saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over 2 semesters in the academic year (September to December and January to April).
Full-time students commit to the programme for one year and complete their taught modules including the Practicum and Dissertation in that period of time.
Part-time students commit to the programme for two years and they normally complete their taught modules in the first year and spend their second year working on their Practicum and Dissertation. Please refer to timetables for exact times and dates.
The programme is taught using a combination of classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities. In certain modules attendance will be a mandatory requirement.