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Professional Certificate

A number of core modules on the MSc in Disability are available to be taken as Professional Certificates.  Each course is typically ten weeks duration and is delivered during one of the academic terms during Autumn, Spring or Summer. Classes are delivered on campus and are typically three hours duration. The following Professional Certificates are currently on offer:

Prof Cert in Disability Legislation and Policy

The module provides students with an in-depth and critical understanding of national and international legislation and evidence-based policy. The United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability has heralded significant change for persons with disability and the manner in which they are supported to live a life of their choosing. This module explores how the Irish state has responded to the Convention through the introduction of new legislation, policy and practice.

This module is delivered in 2024-2025 on from September to December on Thursday from 10.00 to 13.00. Further details of the course and how to apply are available here

Prof Cert in Advanced Disability Studies

This module provides an advanced perspective on cross-cutting and topical issues in disability. Students are encouraged to reflect on models of disability, measurement of disability, intersectionality and disability, leadership within the disability sector and the lived experience of disability. This module is supported by guest lecturers with expertise by experience and profession.

This module is delivered in 2024-2025 on from September to December on Thursday from 14.00 to 17.00. Further details of the course and how to apply are available here:

Professional Certificate in Person Centred Programme Development.

This module introduces students to the steps involved in producing an accredited training programme for persons with disability. As well as inputs on current and emerging national standards for the provision of services and training in the disability sector, students will be required to engage with issues of quality assurance and the programme validation process pertinent to the national awarding body QQI. This module will also consider issues relating to the evaluation of programmes. There is an emphasis on workshops in the delivery of this module, where students will have to opportunity to work on elements of programmes individually and/or in groups.

This module is delivered in 2024 on from January to April on Mondays from 14.00 to 16.50. Further details of the module are available here https://www.ucd.ie/microcredentials/explorecourses/psychology/personcentredprogrammedevelopment/

Professional Certificate in Multielement Behaviour Support

This module introduces the student to a biological, psychological, social and environmental understanding of the role behaviours of concern serve for someone living with a disability. Informed by a Human Rights Based Approach the Multi-Element Behaviour Support Framework will be covered. The student will develop competencies in working collaboratively with assessment methods, intervention design and writing of a support plan along with implementation and evaluation techniques included in this Framework. Legal, ethical, risk and decision making are all explored in the context of relevant legislation and local, national and international policies.

This module is delivered in 2024 from May to July on Tuesdays from 09.00 to 11.50. Further details of the module are available here

Professional Certificate in Identity, Sexuality and Mortality

This module introduces theoretical debates, issues, narratives, concepts and current constructs on identity, sexuality, mortality and trauma for individuals with disability. Identity formation is explored using a number of models to aid understanding which is then used to consider disability support and representation in society. A broad definition of sexuality informs current perspectives as they relate to the expression, support and celebration of sexuality and sexualities. Mortality, death and dying through a disability informed lens is explored.

This module is delivered in 2024 on from May to July on Tuesdays from 13.00 to 16.50. Further details of the module are available here

UCD School of Psychology

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