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Specialist Practice - Mental Health Child Adolescent and Family (P.Grad.Cert.)

1 Year Part-Time

Course Description

This P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice programme has been developed, in partnership with associated health service providers, to meet the demands and challenges within the health care system and specifically within specialist care. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge and clinical expertise that aims to promote excellence in the area of specialist care practice. It is also designed to provide academically robust education for the students and the various modules offered develop and complement subjects undertaken at degree or 'equivalent' level.


Students must accumulate 30 ECTS and successfully complete three modules for the award of P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice. Students who successfully complete the P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice without compensation are eligible for entry to the relevant M.Sc./P.Grad. Dip. programme.


The modules are each worth 10 ECTS and are:

Interdisciplinary Mental Health:

Deconstructing Theoretical Perspectives on Human Distress

and a choice of two of the following:

Advancing Therapeutic Engagement Skills

Interface Between Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Working with People Affected by Eating Disorders

Suicide, Suicidal Behaviour and Self-harm

Promoting Equality, Citizenship and Social Inclusion for users of the Mental Health Services

Working with People Who Experience Psychosis or Related Experiences

Inter-Professional Family Work

Course Details


1 Year Part-Time

Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

30 June 2019

Admission Requirements Interdisciplinary – Mental Health –Child, Adolescent and Family strand

  • be currently working in child, adolescent and family mental health services; and
  • be currently employed in the area of mental health/mental illness/child, adolescent and family services and have Garda clearance for working with children and adolescents and
  • normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
  • otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the programme.

Note, this strand is open to a wide range of professionals. Nurses undertaking this strand must have current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register.