Athlone, Dublin & Galway

BACHELOR OF ARTS (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy

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Thursday June 15th from 7pm - 8pm


NFQ Level 8.


240 ECTS


Coláiste Chiaráin, Summerhill, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, N37 AH97

GCI House, Salthill, Co. Galway, H91 CDW4

Zest Life College, Earlscourt Industrial Estate, 1a Beaumont Ave, Churchtown Upper, Dublin 14. D14 E0F4


September 2023. 


4 Years, Part Time

Learning Outcomes

The programme aims and learning outcomes provide adult learners with the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in the field of holistic counselling and psychotherapy and to, thereby, develop into competent, compassionate, ethical, professional practitioners.


Athlone and Galway: 
Delivered every second weekend during the academic year; Saturday and Sunday (9.30am-5.00pm).

Clinical Practice support may be scheduled on a Friday evening.

The programme runs 1 midweek day every week during the academic year. Clinical Practice/In-house Supervision sessions may be scheduled for an alternative evening.
(10am – 5pm)

Contact for further timetable information


Entry is by submission of an Application Form and all applicants are subject to interview. All participants on this programme will be required to undertake National Vetting procedures (Form NVB1) prior to commencing their Clinical Practice. NOTE: Health screening may additionally be required.

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.

Course Fees:  €4,300 per annum
Course Fees include –
Processing of Garda Vetting
Professional Insurance for clinical work as a
trainee counsellor/psychotherapist.

Fees may increase in line with consumer price index. 

Please note that an additional QQI Certification Fee of €200 also applies in the final year Payment plan options are available for learners – please contact for more information.

Interview Dates

16th August – Availability

Please contact to enquire about other upcoming dates.

Additional Costs

Please note that there are also additional costs for mandatory associated programme activities.

Graduate Stories

In this short video hear what Oisin Moloughney a recent ICPPD graduate had to say about his experience as a student on the Bachelor of arts (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Programme Aims

The main aims of this 4-year, part-time, Level 8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Holistic Counselling and Psychotherapy are to provide adult learners with the opportunity to explore and develop their interest in the field of holistic counselling and psychotherapy and to, thereby, become competent, compassionate, ethical, professional practitioners. At ICPPD, self-awareness is seen as vital to personal and professional development and is encouraged and promoted throughout this and all programmes offered.

Programme Objectives
The objectives of this 4-year Level 8 programme are to:

  • Develop and expand the learner’s self-awareness, 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 counselling and psychotherapy practice
  • Enable the learner to explore and deepen their knowledge of mental health issues, including addiction, and trauma-related matters, supported with an awareness of the complex ethical implications and good practice involved
  • Introduce and broaden learner’s 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 requirements of theQQI Awards Standards – Counselling and Psychotherapy (2014)

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”

“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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