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BA Counselling & Psychotherapy and WORK?

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    Registered Users Posts: 16 ✭✭✭ back2school


    Hi,

    I’m from up north and not overly familiar with the system here. I’m also a mature student and very rusty!

    I’d love to do the BA in Counselling & Paychotherapy. I’ve seen a course that is a BA Degree Level 7 QQI for 3 years.

    What’s the difference between that one and the QQI Level 8 for 4 years? Which one is the best?

    Also, if I did a postgrad year in CBT (with the Level 7 or 8), am I suitably qualified to find employment or set up on my own.

    Perhaps psychology would be best? If I had a degree in psychology what kind of jobs could I realistically apply for after?

    Any input would be much appreciated.


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  • Lots of threads on this with extensive information, checkout Finlan's thread and mine : https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057833408

    I have lots of friends with psychology degrees and they've all told me the only thing you can do with a psychology degree is apply for a post-graduate.

    If you have the money it seems the 4 year masters in counselling is the way to go (you don't need a related undergrad and some courses don't even require any undergrad), I can't afford it. I have a friend with a masters in clinical psychology who is struggling to get a job as a counsellor because she says what they want is experience, not pieces of paper. I don't know if that's true across the board or she's just been unlucky.




  • Many thanks for your response to this.

    That is very interesting about the MA in it not even needing an undergrad! Which colleges do those? I don't think I have come across it!

    I was hoping to do the BA and then a post grad in addiction studies maybe. I am not sure yet.

    Have you heard any more on what is happening with the regulation of Counsellors and Psychotherapists? All the college sites are saying a Level 8 is the minimum needed to get on the new board when it is up and running.

    Lots of threads on this with extensive information, checkout Finlan's thread and mine : https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2057833408

    I have lots of friends with psychology degrees and they've all told me the only thing you can do with a psychology degree is apply for a post-graduate.

    If you have the money it seems the 4 year masters in counselling is the way to go (you don't need a related undergrad and some courses don't even require any undergrad), I can't afford it. I have a friend with a masters in clinical psychology who is struggling to get a job as a counsellor because she says what they want is experience, not pieces of paper. I don't know if that's true across the board or she's just been unlucky.


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