Mental Health Practice for Children & Young People - Waterford

The Mental Health Practice with Children and Young People program is designed to be as flexible as possible and to meet the needs of any professionals working with or hoping to work with young people. The course is aimed at nurses, social care workers, speech and language therapists and other allied professionals.

There are six 10-credit modules that can be taken individually as Professional Certificates, or together along with a 10 Credit research module, to make up a 60-credit PG Diploma, or with an additional 30-credit Dissertation module which makes up a 90-credit MSC.

Candidates can do as little or as much as they need for their own professional roles. The course requires candidates to have a level 8 qualification, there is no stipulation that it needs to be in the area of social sciences or education.

It is a multi-disciplinary program delivered in a blended capacity with 18 hours online and 16 hours of in-person teaching per module.

There is no licence to practice involved in any of the awards, but each will enhance the student’s knowledge of the specific areas of children’s and young people’s mental health.

Subjects taught

Year 1 Modules
Certificate in Child Development and Mental Distress
Certificate in Contemporary Issues for Children and Young People
Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Mental Health
Using Research to Enhance Professional Practice
Practical Interventions for Children and Young People in Mental Distress

One elective
Neuro-Developmental Disorders or Working with Children with Transcultural Trauma

Entry requirements

The prospective student will have to confirm that they hold the equivalent to a Level 8 in an appropriate discipline.


18 hours online and 16 hours of in-person teaching per module

Enrolment dates

Start Date: September 2024

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  • Qualifications

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

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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