We are delighted to announce that our Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (awarded Year 3 of the BSc (Hons) Degree) has now been accredited by the Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP) in all venues. The newly accredited classes include Athlone, Belfast, Cork, Dublin West Day, Dublin City Centre Weekend, Dublin City Centre Evening, Dublin City Centre Day and Limerick. Dublin West Weekend and Kilkenny were already accredited.
All the PCI students who are currently enrolled on the newly accredited courses may now apply for IACP Student Membership (according to the new course criteria). Also, students on the accredited courses who complete their training from this year onwards are eligible for IACP Pre-accredited Membership.
The IACP provides standards of practice, professional identification, education/training and regulation for the counselling and psychotherapy profession in Ireland. The PCI College professional training programme is now fully accredited by the IACP in all venues and the course is also accredited by the National Association for Pastoral Counselling & Psychotherapy (NAPCP). You can see more details about accreditation here.
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, the IACP is Ireland's largest and best regarded accreditation body, providing 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, NAPCP and other recognised accreditation bodies will continue to set and monitor the standards of best practice and professional training for therapists in Ireland.
Today more than ever there is a need for trained counsellors and psychotherapists in Ireland. Organisations such as the HSE, Community Primary Care Groups, Schools and the Private Sector seek accredited professional counsellors, both for in-house counselling roles and when they are referring patients, clients and service users to private practice therapists. Appropriate accreditation, with established and well regarded organisations like the IACP, is therefore a vital factor for those planning a career in counselling & psychotherapy.
In undertaking the PCI College BSc (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, you can ensure that you have equipped yourself with the necessary qualification and training to be recognised and effective in professional practice.
We appreciate all the help from the PCI College students and lecturers who took the time to meet with the IACP individually and facilitated access to their classes. It is also a credit to the PCI College Academic and Administrative Departments who work hard to ensure our professional and academic quality and consistency.
It has been a real team effort!