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Elder Abuse Management

The provision of in depth up to date knowledge and debate about key issues in all aspects of elder abuse, including detection, reporting, investigation, caring for victims and prevention of elder abuse in acute, chronic and community care. The programme will also cover contextual issues related to elder abuse such as ageism, mental capacity, the sociology of ageing, etc.

Programme Features
•The first online programme globally to provide education on the topic of elder abuse.
•Classes are via live online classes which allows students to participate in the lecture from any setting that facilitates broadband. Classes are also recorded so students can work around commitments.
•Excellent support from academic, education technology and administrative departments.
•Assessments are based on the students own area and linking theory to practice.

Programme Aims
This programme aims to enhance practice related to the prevention, identification and management of elder abuse. Students will be encouraged to critically engage with current literature and reflect on its application to their own practice area.

Who is the programme for?
This is a multi-disciplinary programme focusing on the management of elder abuse. Applicants may work within either the public or private sector, but must have engagement with older people.

What will I learn?
The programme covers the fundamentals of the management of elder abuse taking into account the protection of older people within front line practice and within organisational systems.

How will I benefit?
You will benefit by gaining a greater understanding into the complexities of elder abuse and the programme is focused on making tangible changes within your own practice area.

Entry requirements

General requirements:
Applicants must be working in an area related to older people
Applicants must be employed in this area while undertaking the programme

Documents to be submitted with your application:
- Certificates of relevant professional qualifications or validated copies of awards
- Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
- A current photocopy of professional registration (where relevant)
- Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
Sealed envelope with the Professional Reference Form (original form)
- Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English.


4 Months - 1 semester part-time

Number of credits

15 Credits

Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
With your newly developed skills in the management of elder abuse, you can work in a health care environment in a number of areas including:
Long term care
Policy Planning
Practice Development

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Lucia Suchorova
Executive Assistant
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6448

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Amanda Phelan
B307, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6482


Teaching methods / Information technology
A wide a range of diverse and student-centered teaching methods are used. Blackboard a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching is used extensively. Students attend multidisciplinary lectures and tutorials.

Programme structure
This is a single semester programme which may be commenced in Sept. or Jan. each year. The programme combines online learning with three contact days in University College Dublin during the programme term (possibly a weekday/Saturday). Students will benefit from:
Full support for online learning
An incorporation of action learning to make a real difference to your practice
An option to progress to Graduate Diploma and Master's Degree
Assessments are strategically dispersed within the semester.

Core modules & European Credit Transfer System ( ECTS)
Elder Abuse: a multidisciplinary imperative 15 ECTS
Total = 15

Application date

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: January 2017

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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