MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy

*Places still available for September 2022*

In partnership with the University of Northampton

The aim of this two-year in-depth training programme is to understand and appreciate the complexity of adolescent process and to support counsellors/therapists in developing deeper levels of competency in their work with adolescents who are experiencing psychological and developmental difficulties. The training will address adolescent development and psychotherapy from a Gestalt Relational perspective, understanding adolescent development as creative adjustment in context, tracking the interactive evolution of the adolescent’s contact repertoire and the relational field of which the adolescent is a part. Themes for the training will include:

  • The nature of adolescent development, including transformation of the adolescent’s relationship with him/herself, the social world & parents.
  • Understanding clinical symptoms as developmental field phenomena.
  • Utilising a field approach for designing clinical interventions
  • The critical role of shame in the clinical situation
  • The pragmatics of engaging the adolescent and parents in therapy

The Programme Director is Bronagh Starrs. Bronagh is an adolescent development specialist and has considerable experience as a trainer in adolescent development and therapy throughout Ireland. She also teaches and presents internationally on the developmental implication of trauma on the adolescent journey.

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Entry Requirements

This Masters Degree programme is open to practitioners who have successfully completed a core psychotherapy training course (in either adult-oriented or child-oriented psychotherapy) and who are accredited (or working towards accreditation) with an accrediting body such as IAHIP, IACP, BACP, PSI or equivalent.

From 2022, the programme is also open to school counsellors and chaplains who have undertaken counselling training, either within their guidance counselling/chaplaincy training or otherwise, and who are currently engaged in counselling work with adolescents.

Please note that this programme does not constitute an entry-to-profession (core) training for the purposes of acquiring professional body accreditation as a psychotherapist.

The next intake for this programme will be in September 2022. Course brochure can be downloaded here:

MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy Course Brochure 2022-2024

Application form can be downloaded here:  Application Form 2022

Please email any further enquiries to info@dctc.ie