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  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭✭ Katie Kaboom


    Hey Totally forgot to reply, since I was on last I have gone back to College to get my honors degree in Business, I have been told that I need to get a 2.1 or better to get into the psyc course in NUIG. I'm receiving the grant for this year but I'm now looking into getting the Back to education allowance for the HDip Psyc course which I think you have to be receiving the dole for at least 12 months to be eligiblefor... which is ****e. I'm looking for ways around it if anyone knows...


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    Hey Totally forgot to reply, since I was on last I have gone back to College to get my honors degree in Business, I have been told that I need to get a 2.1 or better to get into the psyc course in NUIG. I'm receiving the grant for this year but I'm now looking into getting the Back to education allowance for the HDip Psyc course which I think you have to be receiving the dole for at least 12 months to be eligiblefor... which is ****e. I'm looking for ways around it if anyone knows...

    Can't really help you on that one, as I'm currently using my fees from lecturing to pay my own college fees. However and please don't think I'm being funny, but if you really want it you will find a way to get there. The Credit Union got me through my degree, masters and just as expensive 5 years of personal analysis.

    Most people I know has to find creative ways of paying for years of study, sadly with the current climate things are a lot harder. However, one of the General Assistants where I work had got a grant of 1,000e a year towards her fees from a local drugs task force, so there is still some money out there; trying to access it is a tad more difficult. However, it psychology it what you really want don’t give up on it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭✭ Katie Kaboom


    I already have a loan from Credit Union for this year, I don't know if they would give me more now... but I'll check it out.
    Also a I have been advised that I could go to UK and do a 1 year course there and I would get some funding too, not really keen on the idea, but will definatley consider it. Do you know if that would be the same qualification as doing a 2 yr H.Dip in NUIG?

    Also when you say you did 5 yrs personal analysis was that 5 years of councelling and if it was, is that the average for someone that wants to be a councelling psychologist? and how much is a session? ( I don't know if that is too personal a question, if it is please don't answer, but I'm pretty sure all psyc students have to do councelling, right?)

    Thanks for all your help so far.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    I already have a loan from Credit Union for this year, I don't know if they would give me more now... but I'll check it out.
    Also a I have been advised that I could go to UK and do a 1 year course there and I would get some funding too, not really keen on the idea, but will definatley consider it. Do you know if that would be the same qualification as doing a 2 yr H.Dip in NUIG?

    Also when you say you did 5 yrs personal analysis was that 5 years of councelling and if it was, is that the average for someone that wants to be a councelling psychologist? and how much is a session? ( I don't know if that is too personal a question, if it is please don't answer, but I'm pretty sure all psyc students have to do councelling, right?)

    Thanks for all your help so far.

    No I'm a psychoanalyst not a psychologist, your will learn about the difference as you go along, I never added it up, 2 sessions a week for 3 years and 1 for 2 years. The lenght of a person alaysis is very subjective. What is the course in the UK? People won't be able to answer that question for you unless the know what course.

    However, I can't see it gaining you membership of the PSI, which a HDip would. I'm not sure of the personal therapy for counselling psych.


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭✭ Katie Kaboom


    K thanks for all your help :) I'm just going to stick to tryin to get into NUIG.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 60 ✭✭✭ kateof


    Hi I would appreciate any advice anyone could give me about getting into counselling as a career.
    I have just graduated with a BA psychology and now I'm doing a masters in rehabilitation and disability studies. I hope to get into a career as a counsellor eventually. Although the masters I am doing currently does not have much relevance to counselling it requires me to do a placement which i thought would give me good experience. I am training at the moment with a counselling helpline and in a month or so I will begin taking calls.
    Has anyone done the counselling psychology course in cork or TCD or could give me any info on it?
    I was considering doing a foundation course in counselling with some of the private counselling centres eg tivoli insititute- has anyone done this or recommend it?
    Thanks for any help anyone can give me!
    I am a graduate of Tivoli, I did the professional dip course in couns and psychotherapy. I can recommend it, tho the personal work was very tough!

    There are several others out there, you should really check them out yourself tho, and do the course that most appeals to you, having done the initial interview will give you a good 'feel' for the course. Make sure the course is accredited by IACP/IAHIP. Hope this helps.


  • Registered Users Posts: 60 ✭✭✭ kateof


    I'm researching the possibility of doing a good course in group facilitation, facilitating group psychotherapy my end goal, has anyone done training in this area that u can recommend?
    Professional Training Solutions do a group facilitation course, which seems to be more business orientated. NIID do a Facilitation Skills course, which seems the better of the two, that I have found so far, I'd appreciate any suggestions or feedback on these or others.
    I hope this query is within the bounds of this thread!?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    St Vincent's School of Psychotherpy would be the real experts [even though I hate that word] they run courses ranging from Dip to being a full Group Analyst. Close ties with Tavistock Clinic IIRC and ran through UCD.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18 ✭✭✭ Amusicum


    Hey all,
    In November I graduated with a first class degree in music from the CIT Cork School of Music and have applied to do the JET programme (teaching English in Japan) for a year. I am considering Clinical Psychology as a career, but am also considering Music Therapy, and am finding it difficult to come to a decision.

    i studies Music Therapy as part of my undergraduate degree and so have done placements with adults/children with special needs, although I'm not definite that I can see myself in the role of a music therapist. I know that music has had therapeutic value for me over the years, often allowing me to express myself where I often couldn't in words. However, music also plays an ambiguous role for me, as it dually reminds me of an image of perfection and excellence that I always sought to portray through performance, even when I was feeling very depressed.

    I know I want to help people but I think I have to assess my relationship with music in order to assert if clinical psychology or music therapy is for me. The particular client group I want to work with is people wit eating disorders/body image problems. I know you can work with this issue both from a clinical psychology and music therapy perspective, but am wondering can a clinical psychologist be employed to work in one area alone? I know that the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, has a specific research cluster relating to eating disorders, as does the University of Oxford (I plan to do my training in the UK if I go down that route).

    Ddi you apply for the doctorate in psychology whilst in the final year of the HDip or did you gain a post as a research psychologist first? I am just curious. If I go down the psychology route, I think I would do the HDip in Trinity College and do some work with the Irish Eating Disorder association (Bodywhys) and the Samaritans. However, I want to apply for clinical training i the UK rather than in Ireland, so would it matter that I did the HDip in Ireland? i would hope to gain an assistant psychologist post in the UK after the HDip if I go down the clinical psychology route, but would I be at a disadvantage having not studies in the UK.

    I know that there are also conversion courses in the UK, but many of them require you to have studies 60 credits of psychology already, which I don't have. One thought that is possibly putting me off clinical psychology is the fact that about only 1 in 4 people who applies for it gets into the course and it might take many tries (although I am extremely determined). That is the point at which I start thinking of music therapy again, which would utilise my innate creativity in the arts and would be less competitive. That makes me think that the reason I might be choosing clinical psychology is from a professional standpoint, as clinical psychology is a more well-established job, which I know is silly!

    It is a tough decision, as doing psychology after a first degree could incur a lot of expenses but could potentially be worth it. There would also be the opportunity to branch into use of the arts at a later stage. A course that particularly interests me is the MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy at IATE, London, which incorporates the arts into psychotherapy processes. This course is part-time over 4 years, so it could be possible to do this whilst working as a psychologist, although I would fear that I would be too busy and would never get around to doing this course. I think the integrative arts course would be ideal for me, as it is not as directly focussed on the art form as music therapy, but not as unrelated from the creative arts as clinical psychology.

    I have experienced first hand the cathartic power of the arts and know that it works. However, the study mode wouldn't suit me to go straight into, as it is 4 years part-time, so I would need to have an established career already (clinical psychology or music therapy)

    I hope all my thoughts don't sound too rambling. I am just trying to assess which exact career path would be right for me at the moment. If you have any advice on making a decision it would be greatly appreciated.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,812 Precious flower


    I'm in Leaving Cert at the moment and considering doing Psychology in Limerick. I was wondering if I do a Joint Honurs with Psychology as one of my main subjects, can I go on to pursue a career in Psychology. The reason I'm thinking of doing a Joint Honours degree is that the points to study Psychology are 510, (while JH are only 440) and that is the minimum you are expected to have and anyone who has a higher no. of points will get a place over you and I feel I can't achieve it. Would really apreicate any info anyone has. Thanks. :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14 ✭✭✭ roxy21


    Hiya,

    Im new to this so feel free to redirect me if im in the wrong forum.
    I have just qualified this year with a Honours Degree in Social Care (2.2) and would love to go into the field of counselling. My interest areas are addictions, abuse, mental health, family support.

    I was just wondering if anyone could direct me from here? Am I even eligable to go on to do a postgrad in a counselling area? plus do i need to do basic counselling first and then specialise..

    I was looking into the area of psycoanalitic psychotherapy...would this include the areas Im interested in??

    So confused at the moment any help or advice would be greatly apprecitaed.

    Thank you in advance.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    roxy21 wrote: »
    Hiya,

    Im new to this so feel free to redirect me if im in the wrong forum.
    I have just qualified this year with a Honours Degree in Social Care (2.2) and would love to go into the field of counselling. My interest areas are addictions, abuse, mental health, family support.

    I was just wondering if anyone could direct me from here? Am I even eligable to go on to do a postgrad in a counselling area? plus do i need to do basic counselling first and then specialise..

    I was looking into the area of psycoanalitic psychotherapy...would this include the areas Im interested in??

    So confused at the moment any help or advice would be greatly apprecitaed.

    Thank you in advance.

    Well I'm a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and I have worked in the HSE Addiction Services for a long time, though the area attracts people from different backgrounds, there are a decent sized grouping of us in the service. Which course are you looking at? Most of those course should facilitate you in starting work in the areas you named with the exception of family support.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14 ✭✭✭ roxy21


    Odysseus wrote: »
    Well I'm a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and I have worked in the HSE Addiction Services for a long time, though the area attracts people from different backgrounds, there are a decent sized grouping of us in the service. Which course are you looking at? Most of those course should facilitate you in starting work in the areas you named with the exception of family support.

    Hiya,

    Thanks for gettin back to me. Im just looking around really at the moment..wanted to get a insight really as to where would intrest me mostly. I am very interested in working in the areas I listed. Was looking at the psychoanalytic psychotherapy courses that are run in st.vincents hospital and Trinity etc. I also stumbled upon the ncii college in limrick that offer the masters in counselling and psychotherapy but have heard bad reports about ncii so im really at a crossroads at the moment.

    Was also thinking of doing just counselling alone but again im not sure do i qualify to do a postgrad or do i need to start from scratch.

    If you dont mind me asking where you did your training or any in paticular that you would recommmend?? Also is there many job oppertunities from doin a course such as psychoanalytic psychotherapy..eg hse work..private practice..hospital work..community work??

    Sorry about the long post..your information is much appreciated.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    roxy21 wrote: »
    Hiya,

    Thanks for gettin back to me. Im just looking around really at the moment..wanted to get a insight really as to where would intrest me mostly. I am very interested in working in the areas I listed. Was looking at the psychoanalytic psychotherapy courses that are run in st.vincents hospital and Trinity etc. I also stumbled upon the ncii college in limrick that offer the masters in counselling and psychotherapy but have heard bad reports about ncii so im really at a crossroads at the moment.

    Was also thinking of doing just counselling alone but again im not sure do i qualify to do a postgrad or do i need to start from scratch.

    If you dont mind me asking where you did your training or any in paticular that you would recommmend?? Also is there many job oppertunities from doin a course such as psychoanalytic psychotherapy..eg hse work..private practice..hospital work..community work??

    Sorry about the long post..your information is much appreciated.

    No problem, we are all here to help and we all had to start somewhere. I was very lucky in that I had people around me willing to answers my questions and help me through the mine-field out there.

    Personally, I did a BA in Psychoanalytic Studies at LSB, which later became DBS. It was DBS by the time I had finished my MA in Psychoanalysis. [By research]. Things are different now, but while I was doing my BA I got a job in a HSE Drug Rehab Programme, during this time I started my own clinical training under supervision so by the time I finished my BA I was a full member of the IAAAC.

    So by the time I graduated I was qualified as a counsellor, during that time I had additionally done various in-house training around addiction, M.I. C.B.T. etc. Hence as I was working in a clinical position I opted for the Research MA, which was a 55.000 thesis on dual diagnosis, comparing the DSM and ICD-10 and psychoanalytic psycho-diagnostics. Part of the DBS clinical MA included attending a case presentation in St. Vincent’s which is shared with the MSc. A great learning experience I must say. That was in 2002.

    With you position you may get into the MSc in St Vincent’s, or they may require you to do the HDip in psychotherapeutic Studies. The Independent College also offer a similar HDip in Psychotherapeutic Studies and MA in Psychoanalysis. DBS offer a HDip and MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and as still offer the Research and Clinical Masters in psychoanalysis.

    Work wise I would not like to be starting out again, but that is the same for most positions. A thing to factor in is the cost of your personal therapy/analysis and supervision.

    What ever way you go I would suggest you get as qualified as possible, can I ask you why you are interested in psychoanalysis?


  • Registered Users Posts: 14 ✭✭✭ roxy21


    Odysseus wrote: »
    No problem, we are all here to help and we all had to start somewhere. I was very lucky in that I had people around me willing to answers my questions and help me through the mine-field out there.

    Personally, I did a BA in Psychoanalytic Studies at LSB, which later became DBS. It was DBS by the time I had finished my MA in Psychoanalysis. [By research]. Things are different now, but while I was doing my BA I got a job in a HSE Drug Rehab Programme, during this time I started my own clinical training under supervision so by the time I finished my BA I was a full member of the IAAAC.

    So by the time I graduated I was qualified as a counsellor, during that time I had additionally done various in-house training around addiction, M.I. C.B.T. etc. Hence as I was working in a clinical position I opted for the Research MA, which was a 55.000 thesis on dual diagnosis, comparing the DSM and ICD-10 and psychoanalytic psycho-diagnostics. Part of the DBS clinical MA included attending a case presentation in St. Vincent’s which is shared with the MSc. A great learning experience I must say. That was in 2002.

    With you position you may get into the MSc in St Vincent’s, or they may require you to do the HDip in psychotherapeutic Studies. The Independent College also offer a similar HDip in Psychotherapeutic Studies and MA in Psychoanalysis. DBS offer a HDip and MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy and as still offer the Research and Clinical Masters in psychoanalysis.

    Work wise I would not like to be starting out again, but that is the same for most positions. A thing to factor in is the cost of your personal therapy/analysis and supervision.

    What ever way you go I would suggest you get as qualified as possible, can I ask you why you are interested in psychoanalysis?

    Thats great..very intresting the routes you can take..so versatile which i like!! Ya been researching some more and id sy i would have to do the HDip before id be considered plus i have little experience in the field of psychotherapy/counselling. Wonder is there any voluntary organisations I could gain experience with?? at the moment im based in cork.

    I took a intrest in it in college..sigmund freuid and the unconscious mind. I find it intresting and I have paticular intrests in the fields of mental health..addictions..suicide etc. I do have the belief that incidents/traumas that may occur in your childhood/adolescence can supress feelings which cause problems in later life which is related to psychotherapy.
    Im basically at a crossroads at the moment..wanting to further my education as I dont want to be going back into full time courses later in life. Obviously there would be ongoing training really when your qualified and as you said try to get as qualified as possible..which i would mind..i just dont think i could face going into full time education again few years down the line.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    roxy21 wrote: »
    Thats great..very intresting the routes you can take..so versatile which i like!! Ya been researching some more and id sy i would have to do the HDip before id be considered plus i have little experience in the field of psychotherapy/counselling. Wonder is there any voluntary organisations I could gain experience with?? at the moment im based in cork.

    I took a intrest in it in college..sigmund freuid and the unconscious mind. I find it intresting and I have paticular intrests in the fields of mental health..addictions..suicide etc. I do have the belief that incidents/traumas that may occur in your childhood/adolescence can supress feelings which cause problems in later life which is related to psychotherapy.
    Im basically at a crossroads at the moment..wanting to further my education as I dont want to be going back into full time courses later in life. Obviously there would be ongoing training really when your qualified and as you said try to get as qualified as possible..which i would mind..i just dont think i could face going into full time education again few years down the line.


    If you are going down the HDip road, don't worry about getting experience, if you can get some vol. fine, but most of the HDip's I mentioned are about theory not clinical practice.

    If you are going to apply to any of the above psychoanalytic courses, you will need to read a bit about Lacan, as the main focus on those courses are Freud and Lacan; and let’s just say Lacan is not an easy read, difficult but clinically very rewarding. Plus you will need to apply for Vincent's about Feb or March.


    Edit: If you are interested an Irish Lacanian has published a book called The Subject of Addiction. It's by Rik Loose who teaches in Vicent's, Trinity and DBS and psychoanalysis in general but addiction in specific. It will give you a sense of what you are getting into.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14 ✭✭✭ roxy21


    Odysseus wrote: »
    If you are going down the HDip road, don't worry about getting experience, if you can get some vol. fine, but most of the HDip's I mentioned are about theory not clinical practice.

    If you are going to apply to any of the above psychoanalytic courses, you will need to read a bit about Lacan, as the main focus on those courses are Freud and Lacan; and let’s just say Lacan is not an easy read, difficult but clinically very rewarding. Plus you will need to apply for Vincent's about Feb or March.


    Edit: If you are interested an Irish Lacanian has published a book called The Subject of Addiction. It's by Rik Loose who teaches in Vicent's, Trinity and DBS and psychoanalysis in general but addiction in specific. It will give you a sense of what you are getting into.


    Thanks so much for all the info and advice..really appreciate it!! I have sent a few emails anyway and see from there. Just hoping now that Im able for it and it wont go over my head..one step at a time i guess.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    roxy21 wrote: »
    Thanks so much for all the info and advice..really appreciate it!! I have sent a few emails anyway and see from there. Just hoping now that Im able for it and it wont go over my head..one step at a time i guess.

    Don't worry about the Lacanian stuff going over you head, I'm reading him over 13 years now and it still happens to me. When you get some replies start a new thread about the offers you get, there are a few here who have done the courses you named. Best of luck with it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 obaid20


    Hi can some one advice me regarding working in psychology field...I am masters in Applied psychology and looking forward to work either in child department or councelling or clinical department... regards


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1 happyDuck


    hi might be late with this response but i am working towards accreditation with the main professional counselling body in ireland IACP.

    i would reccomend a part-time intrductory course offered by NUI Maynooth in many locations around the country. it is usually one evening per week so you can work and a few saturday worskops during the year.
    there are many foundation courses in counselling out there but really you should be looking for one that is experiential.One that is experiential, covers personal development work and know yourself better at the end.
    Maynooth is excellent but unfortunately they are not good at publicising it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    happyDuck wrote: »
    hi might be late with this response but i am working towards accreditation with the main professional counselling body in ireland IACP.

    i would reccomend a part-time intrductory course offered by NUI Maynooth in many locations around the country. it is usually one evening per week so you can work and a few saturday worskops during the year.
    there are many foundation courses in counselling out there but really you should be looking for one that is experiential.One that is experiential, covers personal development work and know yourself better at the end.
    Maynooth is excellent but unfortunately they are not good at publicising it.

    I would suggest the opposite I run a mile when I hear that word experiential, when I seek out training I what to know what others think on it, not the group I'm studying with.

    From my viewpoint personal therapy is where one gets to know thy self.


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭✭ Katie Kaboom


    happyDuck wrote: »
    hi might be late with this response but i am working towards accreditation with the main professional counselling body in ireland IACP.

    i would reccomend a part-time intrductory course offered by NUI Maynooth in many locations around the country. it is usually one evening per week so you can work and a few saturday worskops during the year.
    there are many foundation courses in counselling out there but really you should be looking for one that is experiential.One that is experiential, covers personal development work and know yourself better at the end.
    Maynooth is excellent but unfortunately they are not good at publicising it.

    Thanks Happy Duck I'll start looking into this. I have applied to NUIG for their psychology HDip Full course which is 2 years and then you can go on and specialise but they only take in 8 - 12 people per year... so not looking very likely. I'll check out their intro course too, just it's the long way around but I want to do this so I'll try get in anyway I can.


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭✭ Katie Kaboom


    Odysseus wrote: »
    I would suggest the opposite I run a mile when I hear that word experiential, when I seek out training I what to know what others think on it, not the group I'm studying with.

    From my viewpoint personal therapy is where one gets to know thy self.

    Hi Odysseus, Do you know anything about NUIG psyc intro course? Do you think it would be a good course for me to do if I want to become a counselling psychologist?
    I have applied to NUIG to do the Psyc HDip full course which is just 2 years, I am 30 so it would have been perfect and saved time. I went back to do my Degree and I'm hoping I get good enough marks to get in to the course but I have been talking to the head of the course and although the course only requires the student to get a 2:1, it's usually students with 1st class honours that get in, obviously they pick the best, but just makes it less likely that I'll be getting into that course (they are only allowing 12 in this year). So I guess I'll have to do it the long way around which means part time/evening courses as I'll need to work if I'm doing it over several years. Is there any courses you recommend should I start with an intro course? What do you think of Open Universtiy as an option for me?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    Hi Odysseus, Do you know anything about NUIG psyc intro course? Do you think it would be a good course for me to do if I want to become a counselling psychologist?
    I have applied to NUIG to do the Psyc HDip full course which is just 2 years, I am 30 so it would have been perfect and saved time. I went back to do my Degree and I'm hoping I get good enough marks to get in to the course but I have been talking to the head of the course and although the course only requires the student to get a 2:1, it's usually students with 1st class honours that get in, obviously they pick the best, but just makes it less likely that I'll be getting into that course (they are only allowing 12 in this year). So I guess I'll have to do it the long way around which means part time/evening courses as I'll need to work if I'm doing it over several years. Is there any courses you recommend should I start with an intro course? What do you think of Open Universtiy as an option for me?

    If you want to be a psychologist no not really. I think your plan of a HDip is the way to go. DBS do a part BA in Psychology if you can afford the fees, they also do a Hdip, but I think it is still awaiting accreditation by the PSI. The course have to have finished its first intake before it gets accreditation, I think the first group would be finished by now so it may have it.

    However, since their degree is accreditated I would imagine the Hdip would; I just would not like to be part of the first intake not really knowing if you course will get signed off. Sorry it seems your in Galway, but if you where willing to move and had the fees it may be an option. Or as you said the OU.

    When will you know if you get a place on the HDip? Is that any help?


  • Registered Users Posts: 88 ✭✭✭ Katie Kaboom


    Odysseus wrote: »
    If you want to be a psychologist no not really. I think your plan of a HDip is the way to go. DBS do a part BA in Psychology if you can afford the fees, they also do a Hdip, but I think it is still awaiting accreditation by the PSI. The course have to have finished its first intake before it gets accreditation, I think the first group would be finished by now so it may have it.

    However, since their degree is accreditated I would imagine the Hdip would; I just would not like to be part of the first intake not really knowing if you course will get signed off. Sorry it seems your in Galway, but if you where willing to move and had the fees it may be an option. Or as you said the OU.

    When will you know if you get a place on the HDip? Is that any help?

    I'll have a look into DBS aswell I think, I don't mind travelling up and down.
    I have to wait until I get my results to apply to NUIG, I'm applying through PAC, so I won't know until the last round of offers in August. I had thought that you could apply before your results come out and then the offer would be pending your results but doesn't look like it.
    The OU courses are expensive for psyc so I'll try courses around Ireland before I think about going down that route I think.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    I'll have a look into DBS aswell I think, I don't mind travelling up and down.
    I have to wait until I get my results to apply to NUIG, I'm applying through PAC, so I won't know until the last round of offers in August. I had thought that you could apply before your results come out and then the offer would be pending your results but doesn't look like it.
    The OU courses are expensive for psyc so I'll try courses around Ireland before I think about going down that route I think.

    I'm sorry, I don't know what PAC* is, but as DSB is a private college I think you would need to apply direct. Give them a buzz they will be happy to send you out all their info. Sadly as a private college DSB will be expensive too.


    *PAC = Postgraduate Applications Centre - JC (sorry for butting in!)


  • Registered Users Posts: 10 ✭✭✭ Vaughn616


    I'm currently studying Applied Psychology in UCC and all i can say is what the hell is with the complete LACK of masters in Ireland at the moment?? i want to do one of the clinical doctorates in Ireland but i need to get experience etc and would like to do a masters too as i think it would be a good idea but there is literally 2 accreddited masters at the moment. . . going to the uk really isn't much of an option for me because i just cannot afford it. . . . i'm not really sure what else i can do, like i'm in the middle of voluntary work but i just don't think that it would make me stand out in the application process for the doctorates


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,083 ✭✭✭ sambuka41


    Vaughn616 wrote: »
    I'm currently studying Applied Psychology in UCC and all i can say is what the hell is with the complete LACK of masters in Ireland at the moment?? i want to do one of the clinical doctorates in Ireland but i need to get experience etc and would like to do a masters too as i think it would be a good idea but there is literally 2 accreddited masters at the moment. . . going to the uk really isn't much of an option for me because i just cannot afford it. . . . i'm not really sure what else i can do, like i'm in the middle of voluntary work but i just don't think that it would make me stand out in the application process for the doctorates

    I hear ya!!! I'm in a similar position too, Im torn between psychotherapy and psychology. Theres good choice on the psychotherapy front but psychology there are next to no options. I've been told that Cork are planning on running the masters in Counselling Psychology this year, so im looking into that as well.

    Personally i dont feel ready for a Phd, its a huge undertaking, never mind the cost of it. :mad:


  • Registered Users Posts: 376 ✭✭ samsamson


    I'd like to work with people with eating disorders. Specifically I'd like to see the same clients regularly and explore the roots of their problems over time, but also help them start to develop healthier eating habits. I know in the UK there are clinics where people with eating disorders would go and live for a month or two where they do counselling and eating plans etc. but I have no idea how you'd end up working in one of those places.

    It's an area of psychology that I'm fascinated by (much more so than any other area) but I'm not sure what path I need to be going down in order to work in this very specialised field.

    Any advise would be much appreciated!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,754 Odysseus


    samsamson wrote: »
    I'd like to work with people with eating disorders. Specifically I'd like to see the same clients regularly and explore the roots of their problems over time, but also help them start to develop healthier eating habits. I know in the UK there are clinics where people with eating disorders would go and live for a month or two where they do counselling and eating plans etc. but I have no idea how you'd end up working in one of those places.

    It's an area of psychology that I'm fascinated by (much more so than any other area) but I'm not sure what path I need to be going down in order to work in this very specialised field.

    Any advise would be much appreciated!

    You could train as a therapist and specialise in addictions as most of those places view eating disorders that way, it is a banal viewpoint imo. That would be the shortest route, longest and best is psychology. I said this as a psychotherapist who has worked with addictions for too long. By this I mean it means me feel old when I say how long, not that I dislike the work.

    Having doing either of the trainings though does not mean you may get a job in such a place, the way things currently are. However, if that is what you want go for it, and best of luck.


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