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Graduation Day for the Class of 2017




On Friday 25th November 2017 PCI College welcomed it’s graduating class of 2017 to St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, in Dublin 2.

This year we were joined by 152 graduants, who along with their family and friends were welcomed to the ceremony by our Year 2 Head of BSc (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, Colm Early, who opened the proceedings.

Jade Lawless, our Acting Head of Counselling and Psychotherapy, gave an inspiring Welcoming Address where she spoke about the need for the soon to be graduates to practice self-care as they embarked on their role as Therapists.

PCI College Academic Director, Rose Bedford, gave the congratulatory address to the graduants. In this speech Rose acknowledged the hard work that they had each put into their studies to reach this point. Rose also reminded them that learning is forever on-going.

Our guest speaker, was singer/songwriter and PCI alumni, Mick Hanly who spoke candidly about his own experience with addiction, mental health issues as well as his experience of being a student of PCI. He also performed one of his biggest hits “Past the Point of Rescue” for the delighted audience.

Then the time came for the graduants to become graduates as they were each proudly received their awards.  There were 66 graduates of the Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, 71 graduates of the BSc Honours degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy, 11 graduates received their MSc Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Skills and 4 received their Advanced Diploma in Supervision.
The final speaker of the day was Diploma Graduate, Paul Donnelly who spoke about his PCI journey and his experience of learning and practicing counselling/psychotherapy.   

PCI College has an annual Martin Kitterick award, which since 2013 has been presented to final year students who produce the most relevant, thoroughly researched an engaging thesis, of outstanding academic quality. PCI College presents this now annual award in memory of Martin Kitterick, a former director of the college who sadly passed away in 2012.

The winner of this year’s Martin Kitterick Award was Emma Doherty and academic achievements of Liz Kenyon, Thomas Prior and Stephanie Golds were also acknowledged.

Following the staff procession which signalised the end of the ceremony the graduates and their family and friends were invited to enjoy some refreshments in 37 Dawson Street.

A huge congratulations to all our graduates.


Martin Kitterick Award Finalist Essays 2017

Winner: Emma Doherty - Mindfulness An Effective Therapeutic Approach for Female Clients Presenting with Anxiety-Related Sexual Pain


Finalist: Elizabeth Kenyon - Parental Narcissism Impact on the Child and the Formation of ‘Self’


Finalist: Stephanie Golds - Counselling for Eating Disorders - Above and Beyond Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Finalist: Thomas Prior - The Application of Polyvagal Theory in Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder



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