Professional Certificate in the Management of Elder Abuse


Professional Certificate (NFQ Level 9)

Qualification Points:

Professional Certificate – 10 credits – equivalent to 1 module

Duration: Minimum 1 semester, maximum 2 semesters
Start Date: January
UCD Academic Expertise:

This professional certificate is offered, delivered and supported by academics in the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Fees: Fees should be confirmed by visiting UCD fees webpage.
Contact us: You can contact us by email using the form at the end of this page or by phone as follows:

Contact Name: Dr Amanda Phelan
Contact Number: +353 1 716 6482


This online multi-disciplinary programme focuses on the enhancement of practice relating to the prevention, identification and management of elder abuse.

The programme offers students in-depth, up to date knowledge about key issues covering all aspects of elder abuse, including: detection; reporting; investigation; caring for victims; and prevention of elder abuse in acute, chronic and community care settings.

The programme also covers contextual issues related to elder abuse such as ageism, mental capacity, and the sociology of ageing.

What will I study?

The module is delivered online over one semester (12 weeks) with the option of attending on-campus in Week 1 and Week 12 as preferred.

The programme explores topics such as:

  • The concept of the social construction of older people
  • The history of elder abuse and evolving definitions
  • Elder abuse typologies and manifestations
  • Elder abuse in diverse settings
  • Dementia in relation to elder abuse
  • Protecting older people: HIQA & the Mental Health Commission
  • Legislation to protect older people
  • Action research

How will I study?

This programme features weekly live online lectures using UCD's virtual classroom software which supports the sharing of presentation slides, audio, webcam, whiteboard, and text chat. The date and time of weekly online lectures and learning activities are negotiated and agreed with the programme co-ordinator at the beginning of the semester to accommodate student preferences as far as possible. Live sessions are recorded and made available for playback in Blackboard which supports regular content review, and also facilitates students who cannot attend a live session on a given day.

Blackboard is the learning management system (LMS) that UCD uses to support online learning. Blackboard allows you to access online resources through a web browser at a time and place that suits you. As well as being able to access learning materials, participate in live online lectures and required learning activities in Blackboard, you are required to work online with fellow students participating in discussions about programme content in the context of your professional multi-disciplinary experience. Students are encouraged to maximise their use of Blackboard’s communication tools, working collaboratively via a course blog, structured discussion forums, email and text chat. The programme co-ordinator will provide support and feedback via the same communication tools in Blackboard on a regular basis over the course of the programme.

Assessment comprises:

  • Online discussion forum participation 30%
  • Presentation (online or on-campus Week 12) 20%
  • Final written assignment based on case study 50%

Career Opportunities

Protecting older people is a fundamental part of many health and social care settings. Successful candidates would be able to advance their career in all seeing in health and social care as well as the voluntary sector. The programme also gives the option to progress to a full MSc in Gerontology for Healthcare Professions.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be working in an area related to older people.
  • Applicants must be employed in this area while undertaking the programme.
  • It is recommended that in order to fully participate in this online programme, students have regular access to a computer with Internet connection (broadband connection desirable) and also have good familiarity with browsing the Internet and using word processing software e.g. Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer.

Are there any additional costs?

Students are not required to make any payments other than their tuition fees. All materials used are freely accessible.

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