The IACP provides standards of practice, professional identification, education/training and regulation for the counselling and psychotherapy profession in Ireland. The PCI College professional counsellor/psychotherapist training programme, the Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (awarded in Year 3 of the Degree Programme) is fully accredited by the IACP in all PCI College venues.
Full details on IACP Accreditation can be found here.
Currently, you need to study to Diploma level to become a Professional Counsellor. However, in their recent Position Paper, the IACP stated that Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) should serve as the baseline academic qualification for both Counselling and Psychotherapy. PCI College have been providing their Level 8 (NFQ) BSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy since 1997. It is validated by Middlesex University and recognised both nationally and internationally.
The course is also accredited by the National Association for Pastoral Counselling & Psychotherapy (NAPCP). The NAPCP represents and sets professional standards for Pastoral Counsellors & Psychotherapists on the whole island of Ireland. NAPCP certifies counsellors & psychotherapists, accredits pastoral counselling centres, and approves training programs. See more details here on NAPCP.
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, accreditation bodies such as the IACP provide 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.
Please see websites for accreditation criteria.
Irish Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
National Association for Pastoral Counselling & Psychotherapy
Meets criteria of: