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Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

MSc Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills

This course is designed for students who wish to gain specialist training and a Middlesex University Masters qualification in counselling & psychotherapy for teenagers and children under 18.

Exploring creative media such as art, sand-play, therapeutic storytelling, drama, music and other approaches, this course places significant emphasis on experiential learning and the acquisition of key skills for work with young clients. It draws on established and current theory in counselling and psychotherapy, up-to-date approaches in child and adolescent mental health, lifespan development, family systems and trauma.

Who Is This Course For?
The MSc. Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills is a comprehensive professional training course, focused on working therapeutically with young people. The course is validated by Middlesex University and designed to supplement trainees' existing qualifications and is not a stand-alone counselling qualification. Applicants include teachers, social care workers and adult counsellors, all of whom seek to deepen or extend their current skills to facilitate therapeutic work with young people up to the age of 18 years.

What Are The Benefits Of Doing This Course?
You will develop a sound understanding of the nature of child and adolescent issues, which will in turn guide and direct the application of appropriate interventions. Completion of the MSc. Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills will leave you with a high level of competence and confidence in your therapeutic work with children. You will also cultivate an enhanced sensitivity to the experience of childhood, and the many developmental strengths and difficulties with which young people are constantly engaging.

What Will You Learn?
The training consists of two broad strands, which are first, the presentation of counselling theories relevant to young people, and secondly, a mastery of a strong practical experiential component. The course includes training in play therapy and creative methods such as sand therapy and art therapy. Appropriate talk therapy methods are also learned, with particular relevance to adolescence. Child development, both typical and atypical is addressed and the final component is a case study and dissertation. The dissertation is supported throughout by individual supervisors. Clinical work with young people is also supervised and supported by personal therapy.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:

Year One:
Students entering the MSc course must hold a relevant honours degree (Level 7 NFQ or equivalent; Final grade 2.2 or above).

Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be eligible to enter the course on the basis of prior learning and experience in the area. Students applying on the basis of prior learning must provide evidence of their knowledge, skill and ability to pursue this programme of study. This should be in the form of a career portfolio outlining and demonstrating your career path as is relevant to this course (including transcripts of any relevant results, statements of prior learning based on systematic reflection) and be must be submitted with your application.

Application Process for Year 1
Send in Complete Application Form & Deposit (Online / Hard Copy)
Copies of Transcripts (Confirming 2.2 on relevant Level 7 Degree or higher) or Copy of Career Portfolio
and 500-word written statement on why you believe you are suitable for the course.

All suitable candidates will be invited to interview
Places are limited (18). Selection is based on application and interview.

Year Two:

Students who hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy (PCI College or equivalent) may apply for entry to Year 2 of the course.

Students who do not meet these criteria may be eligible to enter Year 2 on the basis of prior learning and experience in the area. Students applying on the basis of prior learning must provide evidence of their knowledge, skill and ability to pursue this programme of study. This should be in the form of a career portfolio outlining and demonstrating your career path as is relevant to this course (including transcripts of any relevant results, statements of prior learning based on systematic reflection) and be must be submitted with your application.

Application Process for Internal Applicants Year 2
(Graduates of PCI Postgraduate Certificate in Child and
Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy)

Send in Complete Year 2 Application Form & Deposit (Online / Hard Copy)

All suitable candidates will be invited to interview

Places are limited (18). Selection is based on application and interview.

Application Process for External Applicants Year 2
Send in Complete Year 2 Application Form & Deposit (Online / Hard Copy)
Complete Course Comparison Form Including:

Copy of current/previous Course Prospectus / Course Outline

Transcript of Results of all assessments/examinations

Copy of all relevant qualifications

Completed Course Comparison Form

Letter from counsellor to verify previous hours of personal therapy (if applicable)

Letter from supervisor to verify hours of client work with Children or Adolescents (must have completed at least 15% of the overall course requirement in the last 12 months)
Statement on why you feel you have met the Learning Outcomes for Year 1. (approximately 1000 words)

All suitable candidates will be invited to interview
Places are limited (18). Selection is based on application and interview.

Garda Vetting:

Students will be requested to participate in Garda Vetting procedures in relation to programme and accreditation requirements

Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.
Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Language Requirements
All candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirement. Candidates whose first language is not English and who are presenting qualifications other than the Leaving Certificate may satisfy the requirement through the completion of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or equivalent, on the basis that they obtain a minimum band score of 6, which denotes a very good skill level of English. It should be noted that these are the minimum requirements in English and PCI College may set higher requirements in each case.

Additional Course Requirements:
100 hours of clinical placement/client work
Students are required to attend an external supervisor for a minimum of 20 hours of one-to-one supervision
25 hours of Personal Therapy is a requirement for all students. A minimum of 15 hours Personal Therapy must be completed by students who are not qualified counsellors/psychotherapists before commencing Client Work.

Duration

2 years part-time

Timetable:
The course will take place at weekends (Saturday & Sunday, approx. 1 weekend per month from October to June) and the full provisional timetable will be available shortly.

Venue: Dublin West & Cork

Careers or further progression

Students who graduate from the MSc Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills will be qualified to work with children and adolescents (under 18) in a therapeutic setting. Other career opportunities may include working for state and voluntary organisations, schools, community care centres, mental health organisations and also integrating the skills with any qualification that students have already achieved.

Please note that this course does not qualify you as a professional, accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. As an addition to your existing professional qualification, it will allow you to work with Children & Adolescents in a therapeutic setting.

If it is your intention to become a professional Counsellor/Psychotherapist, accredited by the IACP, please see our BSc (Honours) Degree Counselling & Psychotherapy course for more details.

Validation

Our university validated programmes are developed, delivered and assessed by PCI College and awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. A qualification from Middlesex University London is internationally recognised both within the EU and outside the EU. Brexit negotiations will have no impact on these facts.

Further enquiries

Call David or Adam now at 01-464 2268

Subjects taught

Each module is 30 hours in duration. Modules are assessed by written and practical assignments.

Year 1 Modules: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy / Therapeutic Play Skills
Family Therapy and Working with Parents
Counselling & Psychotherapy Skills
Creative Therapies – Sandplay and Therapeutic Storytelling

Year 2 Modules: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)
Theories – Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy & Counselling
The Effects of Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder on the Child and Adolescent
Child Development and Mental Health
Creative Therapies – Art, Clay, Music, Drama, Puppets

MSc Component: 60 credits (equivalent to 30 ECTS credits)
Case Study & Dissertation

Comment

Award: Middlesex University MSc Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills

Level: Level 7 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 9 NFQ)

*This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by PCI College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.

Application date

Application Deadline: 26th August 2019

Selection Process: There are a limited number of places available (18). Selection is based on application and interview.

Course fee

Fees:
Year 1: €3,670* + Middlesex University Registration Fee €1,200**
Year 2: €4,250

*Please note that fees include a €20 charge for Garda vetting process which is required prior to course entry.

**Once off fee paid in the first year

Payment Plan:
Pay in 18 monthly instalments, through the Monthly Payment Plan. Please note that this plan will operate by Direct Debit only and is inclusive of €100.00 administration fee. Each student must pass the Progression Board to enable them to move into the next year of study.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: Autumn 2019

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