Certificate in Supporting Positive Parenting

parent counselling courses
Short Course
12 Weeks x 1 Evening (6pm - 9pm)
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Dublin Main Campus
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Course Overview

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

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

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

Intake Dates

  • Dublin - Part-Time - September 2024

Course Details

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.

Participants take two modules to complete this programme:


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.

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.

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


This course is scheduled to commence in September 2024 at Griffith College Dublin Main Campus.

12 Weeks x 1 Evening


Year 2024

Timetables will be made available closer to the course start date. 

How to Apply

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.

How to Apply

To apply, please fill in the online application form and upload copies of the relevant documentation.


Please note that not all study modes may be offered at all times; for confirmation, refer to the Intake dates on the Overview tab.

Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 900.00

Flexible Payment Options

Students wishing to avail of an instalment plan should contact [email protected]

Students who opt for monthly instalments will incur an extra annual fee of €100 to avail of this facility.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to [email protected]


All fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy:

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.