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Masters in Child & Adolescent Counselling & PsychotherapyMSc 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 the age of 25. 

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.



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 counsellors and psychotherapists who are accredited or are eligible for accreditation, with the IACP/IAHIP/BACP or equivalent, all of whom seek to deepen or extend their current skills to facilitate therapeutic work with young people up to the age of 25 years.



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. 



Course Details


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Venue: Dublin West & Limerick


Duration: Two years, part-time. 


Start Dates:  Autumn 2020



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.                        


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.


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


Interested in finding out more? You can contact us at (01) 464 2268 or enquiries@pcicollege.ie if you have more questions, and see the FAQs section below.


"Creative activities in therapy offer many benefits where verbal techniques fail to help an adolescent heal. Imagination and fantasy are the first adaptive coping strategies children have available to them, especially during pre-school years. By using imagination children and adolescents can formulate a more appealing narrative for what has happened to them or divert themselves from it momentarily." Read course Lecturer Deirdre Reilly's blog on working with adolescents.  Read here 

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

Additional Course Requirements:

100 hours of clinical placement/client work (25 hours must be completed before the end of Year 1)

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.





Assessment: Written and practical assignments



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. 


What our Students Say

"Blend of theory and experiential is very good, Role plays facilitated much learning, very supportive learning space; I was pleased to see exploration of broad scope of Lifespan Developmental theory with emphasis too on modern neuroscientific research. Facilitation of the group emotional process around these theoretical concepts was also very thorough"
2014 - 2015 Student, Postgrad Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

What our Students Say

"It was more than I expected; the teaching was brilliant, very organised, bringing lots of interesting reading and activities".
2012-2013 Student - Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy
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