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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (1 Year Add-on)

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Thursday August 25th 2022 from 7pm - 8:30pm


September 2022


Churchtown, Dublin 14, D14 E0F4


1 year, part-time delivered every Friday from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm in class and online (Zoom)

Assessment and Research Project completion required over the summer period.

Please Note: There is a requirement to two attend course/ progression meetings on a weekday; these dates will be identified to learners on their timetable at the commencement of the academic year.


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Entry is by completion of an Application Form

All applicants are subject to interview. Health & psychological screening may also be required.

All applicants will be required to have completed National Vetting prior to commencing the programme.

Learner Protection

Learner protection for this programme is provided in accordance with Part 6 of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012.

Course Fees

Fees for this programme are comparative to those for similar programmes delivered nationwide, at €4,250

*  An additional QQI Certification Fee of €200 also applies

Payment plan options are available for learners – please contact for more information.

Additional Costs:
Please note that there are additional costs for mandatory associated programme activities, in particular, the Residential/Integration 2-day weekend, external supervision and personal therapy.

Graduate Stories

In this short video hear what Emma Lynch, a recent ICPPD graduate had to say about her experience as a student on the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (1 Year Add-on)

Programme Aims

The main aim of this 1-year, add-on Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy is to provide adult learners with the opportunity to deepen and expand their knowledge, skills and competence in the field of holistic counselling and psychotherapy. At ICPPD, self-awareness is seen as vital to personal and professional development and is encouraged and promoted throughout this and all programmes offered.

More generally, the broader aims of this 1-year add-on BA (Hons) programme are to

  • Further develop the academic research, professional study and clinical training of graduates from ICPPD’s L7 BA in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy and for external applicants who meet the admission requirements.
  • Elaborate on the training of reflective practitioners who work at a high standard of competency, within a humanistic and integrative context, ensuring ethical and safe practice.
  • Enable learners to practice and integrate clinical expertise and theoretical knowledge within a wider field of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Support learners to gain full independent professional status, accreditation and meet regulations within the profession.
  • Develop the ability to critically engage with contemporary policy and research in this field.

Programme Objectives

The objectives of this 1-year add-on level 8 programme are to

  • enhance and expand the learner’s self-awareness, and knowledge, skills and clinical experience through engagement with, and experiential immersion in, the programme.
  • provide comprehensive education and training in the theory, skills and related therapeutic processes required for holistic/integrative counselling and psychotherapy practice.
  • enable the learner to deepen their knowledge of mental health issues, including addiction, and trauma-related issues, supported by an awareness of the complex ethical implications and good practice involved.
  • broaden learners’ comprehension and experience of the use of creative processes and bodywork in holistic counselling and psychotherapy.
  • promote evidence-based practice through robust research in the field of holistic counselling and psychotherapy.
  • facilitate the learner in achieving relevant client work to meet the requirements of academic and professional bodies.

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”

“The add on year 4 has been a wonderful experience, ICPPD provided a space to deepen, explore and develop from the core training. The modules integrate both experiential and academic learning, linking the theory to the lived experience beautifully. The tutors all bring their own style of teaching and each module encourages creativity in how we learn, meeting the different needs in the group. My learning has been rich with the environment encouraging and welcoming diversity, experience and perspectives. Personally and professionally I will leave this year in gratitude and abundance; friends, learning, connection, creativity.”

Olivia Feehan, 1 year add-on, Bachelor of  Arts (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2018/2019.

Since its foundation, ICPPD has taken the steps necessary to ensure the delivery of a quality service in an environment that is characterised by an attitude to adult learners that is supportive and encouraging. We aim to provide an experience of learning that will develop in learners a hunger for both heart-centred wisdom and critical analysis. Our programmes are designed to be participative, experiential and to draw whenever possible on prior lived experience. The programme’s academic value is enhanced by a learning environment that is warm, vibrant, and genuine. Learners and staff interact in a mutual effort to engage in and promote the concept of lifelong learning. ICPPD’s holistic ethos underpins all interaction. This programme has been designed and is delivered, by staff who are passionate and inspired about the merit of personal development and excellence in professional counselling and psychotherapy training and education.

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