ICEP Online Courses

These online courses are for teachers, leaders and support staff in schools. These online self-paced courses are moderated by qualified tutors and deliver up to date, evidence-based content in key areas of student support. All the courses are online and take 20 hours across a two-month enrolment.

Build your knowledge and skills for inclusion and gain the competencies essential for ensuring the wellbeing of students and teachers alike. Our specialist courses enable you to transform your classroom into a positive space where your students can learn to flourish no matter what their challenges.

This course will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the science of happiness and wellbeing and explore how you can use the principles and practices of positive psychology to build strengths and develop the skills to flourish in our pupils and ourselves.

"Overall, I truly enjoyed this course. I have learned so much and now appreciate and understand more about the positive psychology behind happiness in the classroom and ourselves".

Katie Connell, Teaching Happiness

Students with general learning disabilities (GLD) comprise the largest group with additional needs in our schools; it is therefore crucial that teachers and schools are prepared to recognize and respond to their special educational needs.

"The information I have learned in this course has made me really understand the who, what, why and how of what I do every day. I support students who all have some sort of learning disability but up until now I have never thought about the deeper questions that have been presented to me in this course.For the last 20 years I have been lucky enough to have the job of my dreams, as a support worker for students with disabilities. This course has tied everything together for me in a way I had not thought about before."

Anonymous, General Learning Disabilities

Designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of the autism spectrum, current research, and best practice approaches, this comprehensive programme equips teachers, parents and other practitioners with evidence-based strategies to meet the needs of children and young people with autism, from preschool to further education.

"The course content was very informative and insightful. It shows us that we have revolutionized our way of thinking about Autism, and as a mother with a child with autism, I am very thankful for that.  I would recommend this course to anyone who would like to learn more about Autism and who are educators working with children and young people across all age groups."

Anonymous, Understanding Autism

The Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe offers accessible and innovative programmes that are responsive to the changes and challenges taking place in society today. ICEP Europe was founded in 2001 by Dr Moya O’Brien and Dr Deirdre MacIntyre.

Focusing on developing the knowledge skills and competencies required for educators in the 21st century, ICEP Europe provides high quality flexible professional development in the areas of inclusive education and wellbeing- our courses are at the leading edge of education practice. The online courses are suitable for teachers, parents and allied professionals who work with children and young people.


Dr Moya O’Brien (CPsychol, PhD) is a clinical psychologist, co-founder of ICEP Europe and a member of both PSI and BPS. Moya has designed and co-authored several of ICEP Europe’s online programmes including MA level modules on postgraduate programmes in Ireland and the UK. She teaches on post graduate programmes with the University of East London and regularly consults with parents, teachers and schools to support children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other complex needs. Moya’s research interests include the application of positive psychology to diverse educational contexts and the promotion of wellbeing and resilience in children and families. She is involved in ongoing research in the area of resilience, assistive technology and online learning. She has published and presented at international conferences on these topics.

Dr Deirdre MacIntyre (CPsychol, PhD) is a co-founder of ICEP Europe and member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the European Network for Positive Psychology. Before joining ICEP Europe, Deirdre was principal clinical psychologist in the Eastern Regional Health Authority. Deirdre is also the co-author of the Stay Safe Programme, a nationally implemented child protection programme. Deirdre has developed a range of online undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including an MA with the University of East London. Among Deirdre’s special interests are inclusion, resilience and wellbeing and applied positive psychology. Deirdre lectures on special needs and psychology for ICEP Europe and teaches on collaborative programmes with Dublin City University, Leeds Beckett and the University of East London. She is involved in research on resilience and wellbeing, and inclusion.

Dr Grainne Hickey (BA Mod (Psychology, PhD) is Research and Projects Manager with ICEP Europe. Dr. Hickey has considerable experience of applied evaluative research and has previously held a postdoctoral research position in the Centre for Mental Health and Community Research in Maynooth University, including a key role on the recent large-scale research programme, Evaluation of wRaparound in Ireland for Children and families (ENRICH). Her work is at the interface between psychology and community and is focused on supporting wellbeing and inclusion, particularly for marginalised persons. She has worked extensively with vulnerable populations in disadvantaged communities and has conducted detailed research with children and young people, parents, practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders in practice and service settings. Her research interests include implementation and applied research, evaluation, public health research, the social-psychological aspects of health, illness and wellbeing and evidence-based practice. She is currently part of a multidisciplinary team developing a trauma-informed training programme for educators working in second-chance education settings across Europe, as well as the new H2020-funded project, GoGreen Routes – an innovative new programme aimed at harnessing nature-connection to promote resilience and wellbeing in urban settings. Her teaching portfolio includes the development and delivery of several taught course in the areas of wellbeing, development and research methodologies. She has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals, including in the areas of prevention science, evidence-based intervention and implementation.