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Psychosocial Interventions in Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice NU6173

Course Fact File
DurationAugust - October
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date25/07/2024
Start Date29th August 2024


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 16hr(s) Lectures (and Workshops); 184hr(s) Other (Distance Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning). Delivered within Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice (Blended - Face/On-line)

Runs from 29th August to 11th October 2024

Delivered within Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice (Blended - Face/On-line)


Orientation Semester 1 29th August 2024

Blended module.

Workshop dates - 9.00-16.00 hrs

  • 2nd Sept;
  • 9th Sept;
  • 16th Sept

Dates are subject to slight changes.

Module Objective: To expand students' knowledge and critical thinking skills in the use of a wide range of recovery-focused psychosocial interventions when working with individuals and their family, friends and/or supporters.

Module Content: Application of the principles of structured psycho-social interventions underpinned by the recovery ethos and the development of a therapeutic alliance through the process of assessment and evaluation of a persons and their friends' families and/or supporters needs. For example; in the application of the principles of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Open Dialogue, Family Therapy or Family-centred care.

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the applicability of a wide range of psychosocial interventions in specialist mental health nursing practice and critically discuss the respective theories and principles underpinning a range of psychosocial interventions.
  • Critically evaluate the quality, safety, and effectiveness of a wide range of psychosocial interventions.
  • Critically appraise and evaluate current research and best practice evidence when applying the skills of psychosocial interventions.
  • Integrate the principles and practices of partnership and/or co-production into one’s current work with service users and their families, carers and/or supporters.
  • Critically discuss the development of a working therapeutic alliance with service users and their families, carers and/or supporters.
  • Apply the principles and processes of engaging service users experiencing mental distress, taking into account the problems encountered by individuals and their families, carers/supporters in establishing trust and understanding because of factors such as their gender, ethnic background, or age.
  • Critically discuss a range of approaches such as recovery orientated, strengths-based or trauma-informed care when working with service users and their families, carers and/or supporters in specialist mental health nursing practice.
  • Evaluate the factors that may help or hinder recovery and critically reflect on one’s own specialist practice in relation to these.
  • Conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment and formulate a collaborative treatment plan utilising the general principles and processes of evidence based psychosocial interventions.


Module Name Module Code Requirement 1 Requirement 2 Requirement 3 Requirement 4

Psychosocial Interventions in Specialist Mental Health Nursing Practice

NU6173 Applicants must be practising nurses with evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Evidence that registration with the NMBI will be complete by the proposed commencement date of the module; Applicants must provide evidence, a letter of support, that they will be working in a critical care environment (for a minimum of 19.5 hours/week); Applicants must provide a letter of support from their respective Director of Nursing and confirmation of having secured a clinical facilitator/preceptor for the duration of the module. Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules whose main language is not English and who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years. 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 €900 which includes the €35.00 application fee.

How To Apply

To apply for this module click the Apply Now button.  Once you have created your profile you can start your application by selecting the option below:

  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • The full module fee of €900 will be payable on submission of your application.

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