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Psychotherapy of Relationship Mentoring (MA, L9, 90 ECTS)

Status: Register Your Interest (Sept-24)




2 Academic Years


Applied Social Sciences

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional, Postgraduate Taught courses



The two-year M.A. programme is designed to advance the co-creational skills of those who have completed a relevant qualification in Relationship Mentoring at NFQ Level 8 or equivalent and who currently operate mainly within the Holding Worlds of family and school, The M.A programme aims to develop the co-creational psychotherapeutic skills to work with troubled children and teenagers, psychosomatic illnesses, ‘mental’ illnesses, couple conflict and development of conscious leadership and management within organisations.

What are the entry requirements?

It is a mandatory requirement of this programme that applicants be currently practising as Mentors or Counsellors or Psychotherapists in private practice or be employed in a community or voluntary care setting. Employment can be voluntary, paid, or unpaid, full-time, or part-time. Typically, programme participants will be required to draw upon their current or past workplace experience for the purpose of in-class discussion, analysis, and assessment. As such, while placement is not a requirement of the programme, the learning experience is underpinned by workplace experience and participants’ own continual personal reflection.

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What modules will I study?

There are four 10 credit modules, one 5 credit module and one 15 credits module.

  1. The Science & Art of Co-Creational Psychotherapy (10 credits)

  2. Continual Personal Reflection (CPR) which focuses on the personal development of the Learner and his/her professional work with individuals, couples, and organisations (10 credits)

  3. Conscious Leadership and Management (10 credits)

  4. Creation of Psychological/Relational Safety in Different Holding Worlds (10 credits)

  5. Research Methods – Implementation Science and Evaluation (5 credits)

  6. Development of Advanced One-to-One Co-Creational Psychotherapeutic Skills  (15 credits)

  7. Research Thesis Module (30 credits)

The following is a descritption of the M.A. programme modules:

Module 1 on The Science and Art of Co-Creational Psychotherapy addresses the key skills required for practice and the clinical and research bases to the practice. (10 credits)

Module 2 is focused primarily on the personal development of the Learner and on her/his professional work with individuals and organizations. The latter is carried out through on-going Shared Vision with a Shared-Vision Practitioner who is a fully validated Co-Creational Psychotherapist and specially trained as a Shared-Vision Practitioner (validation as being “fit for practice” is done through the Mentors’ Professional Organization – the Irish Association of Relationship Mentors CLG; IARM). The Shared-Vision Practitioner provides a shared safe space for the Mentor/Counsellor/Psychotherapist where together they can consider his/her degree of consciousness when working with an individual or a group and the depth and breadth of the psychotherapy provided. (10 credits)

Module 3 on Conscious Leadership and Management addresses the application of the approach to leaders and managers who play such a pivotal role in the creation of organization climates. (10 credits)

Module 4 on the Creation of Psychological/Relational Safety in Different Holding Worlds (home, school, community, and workplace) is designed for Learners to develop the core skills of creating psychological safety so that relationships within a particular Holding World find a new co-creational grounding where members listen, support, and encourage themselves and each other into conscious selfhood and wholeness. (10 credits)

Module 5 on the Development of Advanced One-to-One Co-Creational Psychotherapeutic Skills aims to extend the skills of those Mentors/Counsellors who completed the Higher Diploma training to working with individuals (adults and children/teenagers) from all the different Holding Worlds in the areas of hallucinations, paranoia, depression, delusions, self-harming, addictions, psychosomatic illnesses, obsessional and compulsive behaviours, and couple conflict. (15 credits)

Module 6 on Research Methods – Implementation Science and Evaluation is focused on developing an informed reading of the research literature and identification of “best fit” of a research design and its implementation to examining the effectiveness of Co-Creational Psychotherapeutic Practice. (5 credits)

More Information


This programme is offered on a part-time basis and modules will be taught over 2 academic years and will involve face-to-face experiential learning. Learners will be expected to attend college one day per week (Fridays).


Course days take place on Fridays. Start time is 10am and end time is 5:15pm. The course is scheduled to run from the end of September 2024 to the end of April 2025.

Number of Weeks: Year 1 – 32 weeks; Year 2 – 28 weeks

Proposed start date Year 1, Semester 1: September 27th, 2024

Proposed start date Year 1, Semester 2: January 10th, 2025


Literary Reviews, Essay and Class Presentations


Master of Arts Psychotherapy in Relationship Mentoring (Masters Degree, Level 9, 90 Credits).

Application Deadline 


For queries relating to the course content

Contact:  Dr. Tony Humphreys

Tel:           (086) 8337207


Course Fees

The full fee for this two year Level 9 Master of Arts programme is €9,000 (€4,500 per annum). Fees will be collected on an annual basis. Fee to be confirmed for academic year 2024-2025.

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