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.
What supports will I have?
At ICHAS, every lecturer and member of staff is committed to excellence in education and professional practice. Each Module has a Module Leader who works with students to enhance their learning and will provide formative and summative feedback throughout every module. Each programme has a Programme Co-ordinator and in addition you will have direct access to the Programme Leader and the Director of Graduate Studies.
The Dissertation and Practicum are central elements of the Masters programme. Each student will undertake these modules under the direction of an Academic and Practicum supervisor respectively for these modules.
Who Awards My Qualification?
On successful completion of the programme, your qualification is awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI is one of the principal Irish awarding body for 3rd level education in Ireland and sets the standards for awards on the NFQ. Because this programme is both validated and awarded by QQI, the Award you receive is recognised in Ireland and internationally. See www.qqi.ie for further information.
The M.A in Counselling and Pastoral Care has many features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland, these include;
•This programme is part of a suite of programmes that have been recently revalidated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), ensuring up to date teaching methods, programme content and quality.
•It is delivered by lecturers who work in this field, who are passionate about your education and dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
•The programme is recognised throughout Europe. On completion you will receive the Europass Diploma Supplement in addition to your degree parchment.
•It mixes theory and practice together to provide a complete understanding of the areas.
•This course has a progression route to PHD and doctorate level.
•It is recognised widely by employers, opening opportunities to graduates in a range of different areas.
•The programme uses both classroom based and blended learning techniques. This 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 attendance may be a requirement.