Programme Details

The programmes listed lead to awards in the NFQ. The provider that offers the programme will have full details.




Master of Arts in Psychotherapy

Programme Purpose

The Master of Arts in Psychotherapy award consists of: experiential training groups, personal development through the experience of psychotherapy and process groups and supervised clinical practice. These components are represented throughout the modules over the two years of the MA programme. The orientation of the programme is humanistic, psychodynamic and from an integrative model, and learners are introduced to the principles of existential psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, the body in psychotherapy and so on. The programme is centred around the learners’ supervised clinical practice, skills training and continued personal development, and also provides them with experience of psychotherapy through both group and individual settings. The programme includes the required experiential skills, personal development and theoretical components which means it is recognised by the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP). The programme is constructed as the final two years of a professional four-year postgraduate training in psychotherapy in combination with the Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy part-time programme. The Master of Arts in Psychotherapy is a thorough clinical and theoretical education in the field. It has a strong research component. It is designed for learners interested in pursuing careers in a counselling and psychotherapy practice in diverse settings both in private practice and employment. It is designed for learners interested in developing research skills appropriate to the field of counselling and psychotherapy in order for them to support their own professional development and contribute significantly to the development of the field nationally and internationally. The Master of Arts in Psychotherapy programme serves to produce graduates who are employable in mental health and social care settings as well as being in a position to establish and build up a private practice. The components of the programme deliver this aim. The clinical skills components of the programme (the theory and practice modules and the clinical supervision modules) are crucial to the robustness of the programme. It is the premise of the design and rationale of the programme that these components would not be possible to learn without the requirement to be in personal psychotherapy, the modules in personal development and self-care (process group) alongside the academic modules of the programme. This combination of modules is vital to the robustness of the programme.

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Dublin City

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Part Time

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Centres offering Master of Arts in Psychotherapy

Name Address Contact Website
Dublin Business School Exams Office, 13/14 Aungier Street,, Dublin 2 , D02 WC04. 01 417 7500