Certificate in Supporting Positive Parenting

The programme is designed as an Embedded  Minor award within the Principal Programme titled the Bachelors of Arts (Hons) in Counselling & Psychotherapy and is designed for learners who wish to develop knowledge and competence appropriate to enhance parenting competence and knowledge of the impact of trauma in developmental and parenting contexts for both personal and professional development.

It is anticipated that the programme will be attractive to learners from a range of disciplines including psychotherapy, social care, nursing, teaching, early childhood education and care, social work or other relevant areas who wish to explore the meaning of trauma and its influence on development and parenting.

The programme will be delivered with an emphasis on experiential and inter-communicational modes of learning. It will facilitate graduates with opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes of positive parenting to prepare them for working with parents in a range of professional contexts.

The programme will afford learners opportunities to develop knowledge of relevant theoretical and conceptual competencies required for engagement in supporting positive parenting.

  • Award Title: Certificate in Supporting Positive Parenting – QQI Level 8 (15 ECTS)
  • Duration: 12 Weeks
  • Tuition Fees: €900
  • Start Date: Sept 2021

Why choose this Programme?

The overall aims of the Certificate in Supporting Positive Parenting are to:

  • Provide a Minor Award in Supporting Positive Parenting for students who seek to develop knowledge, competence, and awareness of factors which impact on positive parenting and in particular understanding the principles of trauma-informed care and the impact of trauma on development and parenting practice.
  • Further expand learners’ professional development through the acquisition of factors which impact on positive parenting.
  • Provide a programme that, through inter and transdisciplinary engagement, models best evidence-informed understanding of the principles of trauma-informed care.
  • Demonstrate heightened awareness of theoretical and applied practices in a trauma-informed parental care context.
  • Enable students to employ competencies which support positive parenting by creating and modelling transformative learning opportunities where learners can develop their personal awareness of positive parenting and respond with greater sensitivity to diverse needs within parenting contexts.
  • Provide opportunities to engage in personal reflection to enhance knowledge and greater awareness.
  • Provide access routes to major awards in Higher Education in related areas.

Participants take two modules to complete this programme

Module Name Aim of Module           ECTS
Understanding Trauma-Informed Care The aim of this module is to teach students the key evidence necessary to facilitate an understanding of both recent and complex trauma and its impacts as well as the values and principles of Trauma-Informed Care           10


Engaging with Parents in Professional Practice The aim of this module is to provide learners an understanding of the importance of relationship-based practice in building positive collaborative engagement between parents and practitioners in order to deliver effective family-based interventions. The Module will provide the learner with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, strategies, and skills necessary to work with parents in a professional context with emphasis on responding appropriately to the varied and complex needs of parents through a strengths-based approach.  The importance of parental involvement in delivering better outcomes for children and adolescents will be similarly emphasised. Students will be supported and expected to demonstrate reflective and reflexive insight and develop a capacity to engage with reflective practice frameworks to facilitate continuous professional development.  Students will also develop an awareness and understanding of quality enhancement strategies relevant to professional parental support.


Total ECTS           15


The knowledge, skills and competence required to successfully participate in and complete the Programme are outlined below:

  • All applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  • Applicants will be required to have basic IT literacy, skills, and competence,
  • For non-native speakers of English, a C score in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) or equivalent IELTS score of 6.0 is required.
  • Utilises “Blended Learning”
  • Benchmarked against European Association of Counselling Training Standards (2015)
  • Designed for learners who wish to develop support skills for parenting for both personal and professional development.
  • Suitable for mature learners who wish to improve their parenting skills.
  • Successful completion of this programme means the participant will have completed 15 ECTS on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Course fees are €900 which is payable in full in advance of course commencement. Payment can be made by PayPal or EFT.

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Available at our Dublin and Limerick Campuses

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