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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 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.


Course Details

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.  

Venue: Dublin West & Limerick

Next Start Date:  22nd September 2018


Application Deadline: 25th August 2018


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. 

Assessment: Written and practical assignments


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


Garda Vetting: Students will be required to participate in Garda Vetting procedures in relation to programme and accreditation requirements



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.


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 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.



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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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