The M.A. (Leadership in Therapeutic Child and Social Care) is a unique multi-disciplinary course for experienced child and Social Care practitioners currently working with emotionally troubled children, adults and their families in a wide variety of settings. The programme provides experienced professional care workers with a suitable training for advanced practice in their field. Students are provided with a comprehensive theoretical base, evidence from current practice and an opportunity to develop knowledge through original research. They are given opportunities to practice and acquire competence in leadership.
The two-day Residential Workshop, at both stages of the programme, gives recognition to the fact that the therapeutic emphasis of the programme may not match the student's work environment. It will provide students with an opportunity to explore the challenges associated with pioneering such an approach in the Irish context as developed through their research proposal.
The Visit of Observation will involve a 5-day visit to a therapeutic residential unit (that the students choose in conjunction with the staff team), in order to increase their understanding of the different contexts and methods of therapeutic work. The Residential Workshop will provide an opportunity to prepare for this visit by encouraging students to reflect upon and analyse some form of organisational change that they have experienced in their career to date.