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.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

This programme is delivered in several venues:

  • UCC on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Dublin on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Cavan on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Clare date and time to be confirmed
  • Skibbereen date and time to be confirmed

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 Blackboard-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 2019 are now open.                                                                                                          For information on eligibility and selection criteria please log  UCC MHI Tony Leahy Scholarship Application Form 2019                                                                                      For any scholarship queries please contact Sonia Rennicks at training@mentalhealthireland.ie

Students who are registered on this programme are eligible to apply for the Financial Aid Fund for Part Time Students. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information see https://www.ucc.ie/en/finaidpt

How Do I Apply

Applications for the Clare venue should be downloaded and posted into Adult Continuing Education with all of the below relevant documentation: 

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.

Contact details for this course

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Year 1 Modules

  • AD1055: Concepts of Mental Health (10 credits)
    Concepts of mental health and wellbeing, the history of mental health in western societies, constructions of 'mental health', recovery focussed principles and practices, personal recovery frameworks.
  • 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.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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