Advanced Clinical Practice with Children & Families

Course summary
This special purpose 30 credits award develops advanced professional competency in working with Children and Families in complex clinical settings. The course is being offered by CIT in partnership with the Bessborough Centre, Cork and Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. It will be delivered by Institute staff alongside practitioners from the Bessborough Centre. The programme is designed to enable practitioners to stay in close touch with practice, whilst also developing the leadership and educational competencies of practitioner staff. It also facilitates practitioners from a wide range of specialisms to learn together and learn from each other's service specific experience in pursuit of integrated cross-service and cross sector practice and management competence.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
This specialist programme will be of interest to practitioners with 2 years prior experience working with children and/or families in a professional capacity. Practitioners should be at least one-year post qualified and actively engaged in work with children and families at the time of application and for the duration of the programme. An honours degree (Level 8) in Social Care, Social Work, Youth and Community Work, Early Years Education, Occupational Therapy or similar cognate fields of study is required to apply.

National Vetting Bureau (NVB): CIT uses the NVB to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. Evidence of supporting documentation will be required on offer of a place on the programme.

Supervision: attendance at work based supervision is highly desirable.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 Semester 1
PSYC9016 Working in Complex Contexts
PSYC9017 Psychoanalytic/Systemic Theory
PSYC9018 Work Discussion Group
PSYC9019 Attachment and Affective Neuroscience


Duration and Delivery
Participants will attend classes on a part-time basis on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. Classes will be held on campus at CIT and at the Bessborough Centre. Please note the timetable is subject to minor changes and successful applicants will be provided with all course documentation on acceptance of an offer of a place on the programme.

The course will commence in early February. The duration of the programme is one Semester ending in May.



Students should note that the Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2019-2020 only and are subject to change on an annual basis.

Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately to these institutions.

Full-time (On Campus) EU Postgraduate Students will also be liable for the €7 USI Levy.

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Students will be notified of their fees by email to their CIT email account and in all cases, course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

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Failure to pay fees on time will result in a late payment fee of 10% being applied and students will no longer have access to IT Facilities.

• Where course fees are being funded by an employer, you are asked to seek payment or reimbursement from your employer. Where an employer requires an invoice in their Company name the employer must e-mail with the relevant details and the amount of Fees they will be funding.

• For Semesterised courses, students pay for the relevant modules at the beginning of each semester. Payment of fees by laser, debit or credit card can be made online at or by phoning +353 21 433 5440.

Students should familiarise themselves with the relevant section of the Student Regulations.

Please note that the Fees Office will use your CIT email account for important communications.

Withdrawing from a course
Students who wish to withdrawn from a course must notify the admissions office and complete a withdrawal form. Where Students fail to inform admissions of their withdrawal they will remain liable for any unpaid fees on their accounts. E-mail

Refund Policy
All courses at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a course cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

• A full refund will be given to all applicants for courses which do not proceed.

• A full refund will be given to students who withdraw before 5th September.

• Where students pay the online application fee to accept an offer they have 14 days in which to withdraw and claim a full refund provided the course has not commenced.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for short courses, if requested up to one week after course commencement. No refunds will be given thereafter. A short Course is less than 12 weeks duration.

• A full refund (less 15% administration fee) will be given to applicants for semesterised and full year courses if requested up to one month after the commencement of Semester 1 and before the end of February for Semester 2. No refunds will be given thereafter.

• All applications for refunds must be made on the appropriate Refund Form which can be requested from the CIT Fees Office (email

NB: Students are reminded to ensure that they have clearly understood all the terms of their enrolment with CIT, in particular clauses concerning refunds, deferments, waivers, course transfers, and visa applications (when applicable).

Enrolment dates

• Classes commence on Friday, 8 February 2019, and will continue on Friday afternoons and Saturdays for 13 weeks.

Post Course Info

Further Studies at CIT
The Department of Applied Social Studies, a partner in devising this programme, plans to afford students further opportunities to progress to Diploma and Masters Level in the near future.

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

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