Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Spring 2025
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility. Please Note: Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date


 Psychosocial Intervention in Mental Health Care





€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 

The overall aim of this module is to develop and enhance students' knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based psychosocial interventions across a range of mental health settings. It is well established that evidence-based psychosocial interventions support service-user recovery. This module builds on the semester 1 module (NS6101 THEORIES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENT AND CARE) and is underpinned by a belief that you, as a student, will bring knowledge, practice skills and expertise that can be further developed. This ensures that, as a practitioner, you become a credible focus for practice enhancement within your own specialist setting. Therefore, this module will provide the student with the skills to critically understand the principle concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions within various organisations.

There is a strong focus upon developing and enhancing practice skills, enabling the student to adopt a structured and highly collaborative approach with service-users and their family-members/carers. This module will help the student to develop and advance their clinical skills to competently assess and treat common mental health difficulties using evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Family Intervention Skills, Motivational Enhancement Skills, etc. Students on this module will also learn about various clinical approaches, allowing problem-solving and critical reflection in order to develop creative solutions when dealing with complex clinical and social issues. CPE Modules on Website

Designing and developing collaborative person-centred needs based psychological interventions to assist clients and their families in coping with the manifestations of enduring mental illness e.g., cognitive behavioural approaches, early intervention, crisis management, resocialisation, vocational planning, life skills, social skills, compliance therapy, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention.

  • Concepts: empowerment, advocacy, consumerism, recovery, choice and quality of life.
  • Family, carer focused interventions e.g., capacity building, psychoeducation, problem solving, family dynamics and goal setting.
  • Service co-ordination and care pathways in mental health care.
  • Case management approaches e.g. assertive community treatment.
  • Barriers to psychosocial interventions.
  • Practice, service and ethical issues in the application of psychosocial interventions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a psychosocial intervention programme for persons with enduring mental illness.
  • Critically discuss the application of specific techniques in managing the manifestations of severe and enduring mental illness.
  • Critically assess the challenges for nurses in providing psychosocial interventions in clinical practice.
  • Critique case management approaches in mental health care.
  • Demonstrate a professional commitment to the use of psychosocial interventions in clinical practice.
  • A Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU.

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. Subsidy is applied on application. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria.

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