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Psychotherapy/Counselling- Where to start??

  • 13-01-2010 6:29pm
    Registered Users Posts: 28 Fembo

    Hey all,
    I'm a graduate of UCC, with a Masters in Arts. Graduated about 2 years ago, and in the mean time, have become really drawn to becoming a psychotherapist. However, after researching all the different avenues I'm now totally confused. Between IACP, IAPP, NCII, I can't figure out where to start. Obviously I don't want to waste time or money doing a course that won't be recognised, but at this stage I'm not even sure who I'm meant to be recognised by!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,419 ✭✭✭✭ jokettle

    You need something recognised by the NCII (as far as I know), perhaps the PSI might accredit psychotherapy courses too. Any course that lasts less than 2 years is probably not accredited, and anything just accredited by FETAC is not worth touching. I know these are only broad guidlines! Your best bet is to inquire to universities like Trinity, UCD and DCU as well as possibly Dublin Business School. Taking a cheaper and quicker option will more than likely mean you wont be prepared enough for a career in this field. Look at it this way: if you needed a therapist would you choose one with 1-2 years training, or one with 3+ years and perhaps a doctorate degree?

  • Registered Users Posts: 28 Fembo

    Well as NCII is aligned with HETAC and FETAC, would that not make it one to avoid? I know I'm looking at investing a few years into study, I just don't want to waste time/money on gaining qualifications that won't really benefit me in the long run!

    Thanks for tips!

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,419 ✭✭✭✭ jokettle

    Hm. I didn't know that :o you might get some better (ie accurate) advice over in the Psychology forum, I got some great tips about Clinical there. Good luck!

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6 sallyann23

    At all costs avoid NCII. They take 18 year olds off CAO into their courses while the respected courses have a minimum age of over 21. They have a do-it yourself accrediting body which is not recognised by anyone. Theres a good web-site where the established medical profession tell people who THEY recognise, what courses etc. I learned all this the really hard way and initially bought into the NCII hype. I'm really happy with the course I'm doing now. Sally Ann