Professional Accreditation

Professional Counselling & Psychotherapy Courses

The IACP provides standards of practice, professional identification, education/training and regulation for the counselling and psychotherapy profession in Ireland. The PCI College professional counsellor/psychotherapist training programme, the BSc Honours Counselling & Psychotherapy is fully accredited by the IACP in all PCI College venues.


Full details on IACP Accreditation can be found here.

Currently, you need to study to level 8 degree to become a Professional Counsellor. However, in their recent Position Paper, the IACP stated that Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) should serve as the baseline academic qualification for both Counselling and Psychotherapy. PCI College has been providing their BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy  (Level 6 FHEQ - comparable to Level 8 NFQ) since 1997. It is validated by Middlesex University and recognised both nationally and internationally.


Professional accreditation is an important requirement for those wishing to practice as professional therapists in Ireland. In the absence of Government regulation of the profession, accreditation bodies such as the IACP provide standards of practice which give reassurance on training quality and ethical conduct to individuals and organisations seeking professional counselling services. While government regulation is planned and the process to structure regulation has begun, it may yet take some time before this is completed and implemented.  In the meantime, the IACP, and other recognised accreditation bodies will continue to set and monitor the standards of best practice and professional training for therapists in Ireland.

 

Our university validated programmes are developed, delivered and assessed by PCI College and awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.  A qualification from Middlesex University London is internationally recognised both within the EU and outside the EU. Brexit negotiations will have no impact on these facts.

 

 

 





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