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Specialist Practice - Mental Health Child Adolescent & Family

This P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice programme has been developed, in partnership with associated health service providers, to meet the demands and challenges within the health care system and specifically within specialist care. The programme is firmly grounded in a body of knowledge and clinical expertise that aims to promote excellence in the area of specialist care practice. It is also designed to provide academically robust education for the students and the various modules offered develop and complement subjects undertaken at degree or 'equivalent' level.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements Interdisciplinary – Mental Health –Child, Adolescent and Family strand
• be currently working in child, adolescent and family mental health services; and
• be currently employed in the area of mental health/mental illness/child, adolescent and family services and have Garda clearance for working with children and adolescents and
• normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline; or
• otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the programme.

Note, this strand is open to a wide range of professionals. Nurses undertaking this strand must have current registration on the appropriate division of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland live register.


1 year part-time.

Careers or further progression

Students who successfully complete the P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice without compensation are eligible for entry to the relevant M.Sc./P.Grad. Dip. programme.

Further enquiries

Academic Registry
Tel: +353 (0)1 8964500

Subjects taught

The modules are each worth 10 ECTS and are:
Interdisciplinary Mental Health:
• Deconstructing Theoretical Perspectives on Human Distress
and a choice of two of the following:
• Advancing Therapeutic Engagement Skills
• Interface Between Mental Health and Criminal Justice
• Working with People Affected by Eating Disorders
• Suicide, Suicidal Behaviour and Self-harm
• Promoting Equality, Citizenship and Social Inclusion for users of the Mental Health Services
• Working with People Who Experience Psychosis or Related Experiences
• Inter-Professional Family Work


Students must accumulate 30 ECTS and successfully complete three modules for the award of P.Grad.Cert. in Specialist Practice.

Application date

Closing Date: 30 June 2018

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2018

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