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Child & Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

MSc in 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.

It will provide you with the theoretical background and practical skills to work with children and adolescents in a therapeutic setting, with particular emphasis on working through creative approaches.

Exploring creative media such as art, sandplay, 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.

Students will also engage in clinical placement work of 100 hours over the duration of the course to put into practice the skills and knowledge gained in the programme. Individual clinical supervision will be required and personal therapy is required for students.

The course is suitable for counsellors/psychotherapists, social workers, guidance counsellors, psychologists, youth workers, teachers and other related disciplines that work therapeutically with those under 18.

Entry requirements

This course is recommended for counsellors, psychotherapists, teachers, guidance counsellors, youth workers, social workers, social care workers, psychologists and others working with children and adolescents.

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 application.

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

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 criteria 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 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 to 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 this 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 demontrating your career path as is relevent to this course (including transcripts of any relevant results, statements of prior learning based on systematic reflection) and be must 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 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.

Duration

Two years (24 months) part-time. 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
PCI College, Cork Education Support Centre, Western Road, Cork
PCI College, Corrig House, Old Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 2

Careers or further progression

Career Path:
Students who graduate from the MSc in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills will be equipped to work with children and adolescents (under 18) in a therapeutic setting. Career opportunities may include working for state and voluntary organisations, schools, community care centres, mental health organisations, youth organisations, integrating the skills with any qualifications 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 in Counselling & Psychotherapy course for more details.

Further enquiries

Interested in finding out more? You can contact us at (01) 464 2268 or enquiries@pcicollege.ie

Subjects taught

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

Year 1 Modules:
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:
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
Case Study & Dissertation

Additional Course Requirements:
100 hours clinical placement / client work
Students are required to attend an external supervisor for a minimum of 20 hours 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.

Leading To The Award Of: MSc In Child And Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills

Comment

Award: Middlesex University MSc In 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 Qualification

Assessment method

Written and practical assignments

Application date

Application Deadline: 31st May 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Start Date: 7th October 2017

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