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Clinical Practice with Children & Families - Advanced

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 oneyear 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.

Garda Vetting: Proof of Garda Clearance within the previous two years is essential. Evidence of supporting documentation will be required on offer of a place on the programme.

Supervision: attendance at work based supervision is highly desirable.


Duration and Delivery
The programme, will be delivered on a part-time basis over one semester. Weekly lectures will take place on Monday evenings approximately 4.30pm – 9.30pm and on Friday afternoon for three hours. Some weekend lectures are anticipated. Successful applicants will have notice of dates and confirmed location prior to starting. Student class contact time will be 8.5 hours per week. 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 duration of the programme is one Semester (15 weeks) ending in January.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Mary Cooney
T: 021 433 5320

Subjects taught

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


The Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families will be awarded on completion of this programme. The Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice with Children and Families within the Department of Applied Social Studies is a 30-credit special purpose award at level 9.

Validating Body
Cork Institute of Technology

Application date

Application Process
Applications will be accepted by submitting the relevant application form to the Department of Applied Social Studies, CIT. Selection will be based on application form, references and interview.

Application Closing Date: 5PM Thursday, 31st August 2017.

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates

Institute staff will be in attendance during each session to offer career guidance and assistance.

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Information/Registration for the academic year beginning September 2017 will take place from 6.00pm to 8.00pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 5th September 2017
CIT Bishopstown Campus

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Humanities: Cookery, Bar Operations, Hospitality Management, and Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Media: Media Production, Radio Broadcast Media, Journalism, E-learning, and Digital Media.

Wednesday 6th September 2017
CIT Bishopstown Campus

Engineering: Biopharmaceutical, Civil, Structural & Environmental, Good Manufacturing Practice, Construction, Mechanical, Biomedical, Advanced Manufacturing & Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chain & Transport Management, Transport & Automobile, and Welding.

Science & Informatics: Applied Physics & Instrumentation, Quality Assurance/Management, Computing, and Mathematics.

Thursday 7th September 2017
CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

Please note: Enrolment will take place at the CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Sharman Crawford Street, Cork, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

Art Therapy, Art & Design Education, Teaching Visual Arts for Primary & Early Years Education, Weekend Courses, and Short Courses (Life Drawing/Painting/Photography/Pottery/Stained Glass/Art Portfolio Preparation).

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