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Professional Certificate in Children and Loss

Applications for 2017/2018 class intake

The Professional Certificate in Children and Loss brochure for the 2017/2018 intake is now available.

The course is delivered by the Irish Hospice Foundation and accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

Applications will be accepted online via the RCSI applications site from March 1st until May 5th

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Professional Certificate in Children and Loss

Children & loss profile 2017 -2018

 Course Details

The course aims to equip practitioners with skills to understand and support grieving children.

When a child experiences loss, either through death or a parental separation, their needs are often misunderstood or overlooked. Children may express their grief in ways that are different to adults their reactions can go unrecognised.

Aims and objectives of the course

The Professional Certificate in Children and Loss aims provides participants who work with bereaved children with an informed understanding of bereavement and loss in children and adolescents.

Specific educational objectives

The programme provides students with knowledge, skills, attitudes and value to :

Develop a critical understanding of the theory underpinning childhood loss and bereavement
Evaluate different types of loss experienced by children at different stages in their development e.g. younger children and adolescents, loss through separation and divorce
Critically appraise therapeutic interventions, including art and clay and group work with children
Analyse the role of resilience in bereaved children and an ability to incorporate resilience into care plans
Assess support systems for working with children and loss
Integrate new knowledge and skill into professional practice
Exhibit an integrated value based and evidence-based approach to the support of bereaved children

Course Structure

This is a part-time course it runs from September to March each year.

It comprises of two modules:

MODULE 1 – UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN & LOSS

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of module 1 participants will be able to:

  • Debate the merits of theoretical frameworks for children’s loss experiences
  • Apply aspects of theories and models to explain individual children’s grief experiences
  • Assess the moderators in responses to loss, including stage of development and nature of death and relationship lost
  • Critique contemporary understanding of bereavement and loss from a life-cycle perspective
  • Demonstrate critical, reflective practice and self-awareness
  • Locate and critique current knowledge on a loss related topic

MODULE 2 – ADDRESSING LOSS ISSUES WITH CHILDREN

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of module 2 participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate appropriate interventions for working with children experiencing loss
  • Locate and appraise intervention strategies for working with children experiencing loss
  • Assess formal support services and resources available for children facing loss and bereavement

Course Delivery

Each module consists of approximately 200 hours of learning including lecture time, self-directed learning, assignment preparation and tutorials.

Registration will take place in the RCSI in September (date to be confirmed). There will be a half day orientation at the start of the course.

There are ten full day inputs (on Thursdays and Fridays) over a seven-month period. All the course presenters are skilled practitioners who work with bereaved children. The course also includes two integrative tutorial sessions. These tutorials facilitate the integration of course learning in a small group setting and are led by our senior tutors.

ELIGIBILITY AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications are invited from professionals whose work brings them into contact with children who are bereaved through a family death or parental separation. The course will be of interest to teachers, chaplains, social workers, social care workers, psychologists, counsellors, nurses and others who meet bereaved children in their work.

Participants must fulfil the NUI entry requirements for matriculation; i.e. candidates must hold an honours primary degree. Consideration will be given to applicants without a primary degree who can demonstrate equivalent educational or work experience in a relevant area.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCEDURE

Applicants MUST APPLY ON-LINE. Application forms can be accessed and completed on the RCSI website at www.rcsi.ie/pgchildrenandloss

Applications will be processed through the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday, 5th May 2017

COURSE DESIGN

This course design supports the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). RCSI and NUI have awarded the course 20 credits. The programme is designed around Level 9 outcomes as identified in the National Framework of Qualifications.

FEES

The fee for the Professional Certificate is €1650. The fee may be paid either by cheque/postal order, credit/debit card or alternatively by Electronic Funds Transfer. Cheques/postal orders should be made payable to the Irish Hospice Foundation and forwarded to Iris Murray, Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, D02 YE06.

A non-refundable deposit of €250 is required on acceptance of a course place. Fees are eligible for tax relief.

CANCELLATION

Cancellations up to three weeks prior to the course commencing will be given a full refund, minus a cancellation fee of €200 after this time no refunds will be made.

LOCATION

All classes and tutorials are held in the training rooms of the Irish Hospice Foundation, 4th Floor, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, D02 YE06 and will run from 9.15am – 4.15pm.

ENQUIRIES

Iris Murray, Course Administrator, Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2, D02 YE06.

Tel: (01) 679 3188 Fax: (01) 673 0040

Email: iris.murray@hospicefoundation.ie

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