Professional Certificate in Children and Loss
Applications for our 2019/2020 class intake are now open. 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 3rd.
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.
This Professional Certificate in Children and Loss aims to equip professionals who work with children with an informed understanding of bereavement and loss in children and adolescents.
Specific educational objectives
The programme aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to:
- Develop a critical understanding of the theory underpinning childhood loss and bereavement.
- Evaluate the different types of loss issues 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.
- 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.
This is a part-time course it runs from September to March each year. It comprises of two modules:
MODULE 1 – UNDERSTANDING CHILDREN & LOSS
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
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.