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Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

Social care is a field for those driven to help improve people's lives. There are a wide variety of support services available, for groups such as the elderly, the homeless or the unemployed. Working in this field will mean active workplaces where you will be helping people who are facing challenges in their lives. As a society we are becoming more aware of the importance of caring for mental health. Psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors are professionals who assist people in caring for their mental health. They can work in one to one situations and with companies.

Skills

    caring for others, problem solving, communication, one to one counselling, empathy, compassion, leadership, initiative, adaptability, managing resources, time management, prioritising work, working with children, leadership, health & safety,

Key Facts

1,500
approximate number of psychotherapists represented by The Irish Council for Psychotherapy
3,000
approximate number of psychologists represented by The Psychological Society of Ireland
15,564
health and social care professionals employed by the HSE in 2018
13
social care professions currently or scheduled to be regulated by CORU

Labour Market Information

Approximately 124,500 persons were employed in the psychological and social care sector, representing 5.6% of the national workforce. About half of the workers in this sector are Care and Home Care workers. Employment is growing in this occupation as a result of the aging population in Ireland. Many are employed in part-time roles; the recent job hire analysis and the high number of job ready jobseekers previously employed in this occupation indicate that churn is a significant factor in this occupation.

The National Skills Bulletin 2018 reports that growth for other occupational groups in this sector is typically below average, mainly due to declining demographics. While no shortages in Social workers and Welfare professionals were identified, demand is evident for social work services in Ireland.

In This Sector...

St. Michael's House
Working with St Michael's House

Services at St. Michael’s House are delivered through 170 centers throughout Dublin City and County and Navan, Co Meath. We have three regional headquarters in Dublin, in Ballymun, Coolock and Goatstown.

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Mary Ita Heffernan - Social Worker

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Naoise Pye - Social Care Worker

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Lydia Peppard - Care Assistant

Lisa Kelly - Speech and Language
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Lisa Kelly - Speech and Language

College Course Videos...

Applied Psychology CK120  - University College Cork
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Applied Psychology CK120 - University College Cork

Social Sciences DN750  - University College Dublin - UCD
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Social Sciences DN750 - University College Dublin - UCD

Psychology and Sociology - University of Limerick
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Psychology and Sociology - University of Limerick