Course Description

Certificate in Supporting Positive Parenting

Griffith College Dublin (GCD)

Develop knowledge of relevant theoretical and conceptual competencies required for engagement in supporting positive parenting.

The programme is designed as an Embedded Minor award within the BA (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.

Why Study the Certificate in Supporting Positive Parenting at Griffith College?

The programme is 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 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 that 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 that 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 that 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.

This is an ICHAS course delivered by ICHAS at Griffith College Dublin.


College Name Griffith College Dublin (GCD)
Course Category Counselling & Psychotherapy, Health Care
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 8
Course Fee EUR 900.00
Course Duration 12 weeks
Course Times This course is scheduled to commence in September 2024 at Griffith College Dublin Main Campus. 12 Weeks x 1 Evening 6pm - 9pm (evening tbc)
Title of Awarding Certificate in Supporting Positive Parenting
Entry Requirements Entry Requirements: All applicants must be over 18 years of age. All applicants must hold a level 7 qualification in a related field. 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 an equivalent IELTS score of 6.0 is required.
Career Path The programme will afford learners opportunities to develop knowledge of relevant theoretical and conceptual competencies required for engagement in supporting positive parenting.
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