UCC CPD courses

An Integrated Approach to Working with Individuals with Dual Diagnosis in the Mental Health and Addiction Services NU5092


Fact File

  • Title

    An Integrated Approach to Working with Individuals with Dual Diagnosis in the Mental Health and Addiction Services NU5092

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode


  • Fees

    TBC See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Not Applicable for 2021/2022

  • Venue

    Brookfield Health Science Complex, UCC

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Not running in the academic year 2021/2022


The programme is designed for clinicians from psychiatry, mental health nursing, addiction, social work, counselling services, general practice (GP’s) and the prison/forensic services who wish to address a multidisciplinary integrated response to dual diagnosis. Core areas addressed include:

  • Integrated knowledge and skills in working with dual diagnosis.
  • Development of awareness in care planning issues relevant to this client group.
  • A multidisciplinary overview of dual diagnosis service developments, providing key skills and practical tools to enhance collaborative working and improve outcomes in clinical practice.
  • A critical understanding of potential referral pathways, collaborative assessment processes, treatment and service delivery in the community.
  • Professionals currently active in dual diagnosis service delivery will introduce a multiplicity of theoretical perspectives, all of which play a key role in the local/contemporary response to dual diagnosis.
  • An examination of contemporary debates around dual diagnosis, including language, ethics, stigma, politics, concepts and beliefs.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Examine the ethical, professional and referral skills required in the assessment and treatment of individuals with dual diagnosis
  • Explore various concepts and beliefs in the context of diagnosis and demonstrate pragmatic person-centred approaches to assessment and treatment.
  • Discuss current implications of an integrated-interdisciplinary treatment model for dual diagnosis.
  • Discuss the strengths and limitations of current models, their use within conventional healthcare systems and how further identified learning needs can assist in practice development.

Promoting experiential learning, students will be invited to engage in practical exercises led by practitioners in motivational interviewing (MI), acupuncture, art therapy and mindfulness. Theoretically, international best practice models will be examined, as will current Irish practice and development prospects. Case studies and role play will enhance learning through these practitioner led exercises.

Further details for this module is available on the Postgraduate College Calendar


This modules is open to Registered Health Care Professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines.

Applicants must be practising health care professionals with evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc.)) or be eligible for such registration.

Candidates who have not undertaken a programme of study at National Framework of Qualifications academic level 7 (Degree, Diploma or equivalent) must satisfy the university/college that they have the ability to complete the module. The module coordinator will recommend such applicants on the basis of prior learning, professional study and general study undertaken in the previous five-year period.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved. Students will be encouraged to take one or two modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is to be confirmed. There may also be an application fee. 

How Do I Apply

Not running in the academic year 2021/2022