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student membership of IACP

The Student section of the IACP website is concerned with addressing the role of a Counsellor / Psychotherapist, the benefits of Student Membership, and Frequently Asked Questions.

To become a Student Member with the IACP please go to our "JOIN US" area to begin your your online application.


Raising Course Accreditation to Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 on NFQ. 

The IACP would like to notify you of the following plan to increase the minimum educational requirement for Counselling & Psychotherapy (for the purpose of accreditation and course accreditation) to Degree Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This change will be implemented on 1st September 2018. 

Any Degree programmes in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 applying for IACP course accreditation must be validated by QQI/ University and meet other IACP clinical requirements (as per IACP course criteria 2015). 

This requirement would apply to all IACP accredited courses which are commencing on and from 1st September 2018. 

Also, as of 1st September 2024, the minimum qualification requirement regarding applicants presenting for First Time Accreditation would be a Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 8 on NFQ. 

 The role of a Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

Counselling and Psychotherapy is a caring profession whereby individuals are encouraged to explore difficulties that they may have. The individual is supported by a Counsellor / Psychotherapist to progress through and beyond these difficulties.

A counselling / psychotherapy session consists of a Counsellor / Psychotherapist seeing a client in a private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty the client is having, distress they may be experiencing or perhaps their dissatisfaction with life, or a lost sense of direction and purpose.

These difficulties are explored on a one to one basis or in a group situation in a confidential environment that encourages and supports the individual to express their difficulties. The Counsellor / Psychotherapist does not give advice or direct a client to take a particular course of action, instead the client is encouraged to find their own way to cope with their presenting difficulty. 

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