Professional Certificate in Children and Loss 2023/2024

The Professional Certificate in Children and Loss (Level 9) are now accepting applications for 2023/2024.The course aims to equip professionals who work with children/adolescents with the skills to understand and support them when grieving. 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 and often their reactions can go unrecognised.

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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 that runs from September to March each year with two modules. Each module consists of approximately 200 hours of learning including lecture time, self-directed learning, assignment preparation and integrative sessions.


Who is this course suitable for?

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.


More info

Enquiries: Iris Murray, Course Administrator
Tel: (01) 679 3188 Email:
Irish Hospice Foundation, 4th Floor, Morrison Chambers, 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2.