Mental Health - Child Adolescent & Family

Trinity College Dublin

Mental Health - Child Adolescent & Family

Is This Course For Me?

Participants on this course will have direct access to a clinical caseload but can come from a variety of professions: nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, psychology, and psychotherapy.

Subjects taught

Course Structure

Year One starts with a full week of studying in September and continues thereafter one day per week for the remainder of the academic year.

Year Two consists of workshops throughout the academic year. A blended learning approach is utilised in the delivery of theoretical content, which includes lectures, group discussions and self-directed learning. The assessment process is a combination of written and practical assignments. This course includes clinical and practice-based learning and assessment, and students may be required to attend additional sessions at associated service provider sites as well as at the student’s practice base during Year One of the course.

Course Content

P.Grad.Cert. students take three specialist modules online: Theoretical Perspectives in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Practice. Enhancing Practice in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Services. Working with People Affected by Eating Disorders.

Upon successful completion of the two P.Grad.Cert.modules, students may opt to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and take a further three modules: Deconstructing Theoretical Perspectives on Human Distress Theory and Practice of Enquiry Methods for Health Care. Clinical Practicum.

M.Sc. candidates take all Diploma modules in one year. In Year Two, M.Sc. students must also complete a research dissertation.

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold an upper second-class (2.1) Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, or otherwise satisfy the selection panel they have the ability to complete the course in the case of holding a lower qualification.

Applicants are required to already be working in the mental health field. In the case of the Child, Adolescent and Family strand, applicants must be working in child, adolescent and family

mental health services and have a minimum of one year’s recent experience, as well as Garda clearance for working with children and adolescents.

All applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the English language must meet Trinity’s English language requirements.

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, you can learn more at:


DPTNM-MCAF-1P09: Mental Health - Child Adolescent and Family Strand (M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.) 2 years part time.

DPCNM-MHCF-1P09: Mental Health - Child Adolescent and Family (P.Grad.Cert) - 1 year part time.

Enrolment dates

Unfortunately, we will not be delivering the MSc/P.Grad.Dip/P.Grad.Cert in Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health in 2024. Applications for this course may re-open for 2025/26.

Applications for the MSc/P.Grad.Dip/P.Grad.Cert in Psychosocial interventions and for the MSc/P.Grad.Dip/P.Grad.Cert in Mental Health are open until 30th June.

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Career Opportunities

As a graduate from this course, you can expect that the specialist knowledge that you have acquired during this programme, combined with your existing knowledge and skills will prepare you for leadership or enhanced roles across a variety of sectors. This includes advanced clinical practice, CAHMS, policy development, education, social work, psychology/psychotherapy or research and further education.

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  • Qualification letters

    M.Sc. / P.Grad.Dip.

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ),Postgraduate Certificate

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time,Part time

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