UCC Adult courses

Mental Health in the Community - Cert

About This Course

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Course Outline

A partnership development between Mental Health Ireland and Adult Continuing Education, The Certificate Mental Health in the Community is a new and innovative part time Programme designed for the community participant, to enhance the participant’s knowledge, skills and values in respect of mental wellbeing and recovery.

The Programme explores what can work for people who experience mental health difficulties in supporting personal recovery. It examines contemporary debates in the field of mental health with a focus on recovery approaches and frameworks. It looks at good practice in mental health promotion and suicide prevention across a range of services and community based initiatives. It explores concepts of mental health, and considers community based educational and support options for mental health recovery.

The Certificate is a part-time programme offered by Adult Continuing Education in association with Mental Health Ireland.

The Modules for the Certificate are as follows:

AD1056 Mental Health Policy and Practice (5 credits)

AD1057 Community Approaches, Models and Interventions (10 credits)

AD1058 Practice Skills in Mental Health in the Community (5 credits)

AD1087 Recovery and Critical Perspectives in Mental Health (5 credits)

AD1088 Mental Health and Wellbeing (5 credits)

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme is delivered in UCC on Mondays and Tuesdays evenings from 6.30pm - 9.30pm with occasional Saturdays.


Course Practicalities

The Certificate is delivered part-time over one academic year. It carries a 30 credit value, NFQ Level 6 Award. The Certificate is ideal if you are an adult learner looking to enhance your understanding and awareness of mental health and recovery. Classes are structured to provide a safe space for critical dialogue into topics and issues concerning mental health and recovery. Expect a stimulating blend of learning experiences from; class lectures, self directed learning, experiential learning, enhanced by CANVAS-our Online Learning System.


There are no written examinations. All work is continuously assessed. The learning is evaluated through a combination of; learner logs, oral presentation, poster presentation, skills demonstration. Classes are held on evenings and occasional Saturdays.

Who teaches this course?

Our experienced teaching team together combine extensive academic, practice and lived experience of mental health difficulties and personal recovery, incorporating a unique contribution of academic and experiential learning into the classroom. This model of diversity in teaching and learning enhances the learning experience demonstrating effective co-working of people awhile offering different perspectives and experiences on topics of mental health and recovery.

Why Choose This Course

The course was the best thing I have ever done in my life... I believe now that education is the key.


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In-line with national policy, the Programme recognises the importance of professional expertise and the lived experience; hence the programme was co-produced and is delivered by health professionals as well as people with personal experience of mental health problems and recovery. The uniqueness of the teaching environment facilitates the adult learner in the integration and application of learning through: co-produced activities, poster presentations, site visit, skills demonstration as well as class lectures.

The Programme may be interest to people in community, health or social care sectors who are committed to enhancing their current knowledge and practice skills in developing opportunities to support recovery for people who experience mental health difficulties, to exploring their own and societal attitudes to mental health and emotional distress.

  • Voluntary and Community Organisations
  • Peers/Advocates
  • Development Workers
  • National Learning Networks
  • Mental Health Associationss
  • Care Sector
  • Disability Sector
  • Youth sector
  • Public Sector
  • Special needs and inclusive education instructors
  • Addiction Services
  • Homeless Sector
  • Family Members and Primary Carers


  • At least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application.
  • While there are no formal educational requirements, it is expected that proposed candidates will have attained Leaving Certificate/FETAC Level 5 or an equivalent qualification. Prior experience will be taken into account.
  • Applicants should submit a personal statement with their application, which details their academic background, relevant work/life experience and motivation for taking this course.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or equivalent TOEFL score.

Fees and Costs


Applications for The Tony Leahy (Mental Health Ireland) Scholarship Application Form are now open. Please click here for the application form.   

For information on eligibility and selection criteria please click here. For any scholarship queries please contact Sonia Rennicks at training@mentalhealthireland.ie

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How Do I Apply

Delivery Mode For Academic Year 2021/22

Following consultation with our students and programme teams, there will be a blended online approach for this programme for the 2021/22 academic year. This approach will allow for the multiple other personal and professional commitments that adult learners often have to manage alongside their studies.

From September to December, all courses will be delivered online where students will attend live virtual classes which will incorporate (as much as possible) opportunities for engagement and interactivity with lecturers and fellow students.

From January to June, we will endeavour to provide opportunities for in-class workshops and lectures where relevant. Please note that if some campus-based activity does resume, it will not be compulsory for students to attend face-to-face classes. Provisions will be made to facilitate all students’ ability to complete their studies regardless of the approach taken (online, blended, face-to-face).  

Applicants need to be aware of the IT student checklist below before applying:

  • You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.
  • Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) link to an external site and also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments.
  • You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).
  • We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.
  • You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students will have access to Office 365 which includes software such as Word/Excel/Powerpoint etc. once registered.

Should you have any queries on this, please contact Programme Coordinator Brenda Healy at b.healy@ucc.ie

During your application you will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph
  • Application Statement [max 500 words]
  • Curriculum Vitae

Hard copy applications may be accepted subject to the availability of places. Please confirm this with the Programme Coordinator in advance of completing an application.

Year 1 Modules

  • AD1056: Mental Health Policy and Practice (5 credits)
    Mental heatlh policy: a Whole Population approach across the life-span; social determinants of mental health; mental health legislation; community based services, intitiatives / organisations, public health and mental health promotion.
  • AD1057: Community Approaches, Models and Interventions (10 credits)
    Community Development, Peer Networks and Social Supports, Social Inclusion, Expert by Experience, Co-production, Recovery College.
  • AD1058: Practice Skills in Mental Health in the Community (5 credits)
    Recovery Literacy, Peer Processes, Value based Practice, Reflective Practice, Experiential Knowledge.
  • AD1087: Recovery and Critical Perspectives in Mental Health (5 credits)
    The history of mental health in western societies; the social construction of 'mental health'; the recovery movement; contemporary critiques of recovery perspectives; 'Wellness Recovery Action Plan' (WRAP).
  • AD1088: Mental Health and Wellbeing (5 credits)
    This module will provide a comprehensive approach to mental health by adding investigation of positive emotions and human strengths to existing knowledge of mental health. It will also consider mental health and wellbeing in context e.g. work based mental health strategies.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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