Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Autumn 2024
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
NFQ Level 9 Minor Award
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


Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care

NS6101 9 9

Sept 2024


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 provide students with the theoretical basis for assessing the psychosocial needs of clients and an understanding of the theories underpinning psychosocial care. Psychosocial interventions relate to an individual's psychological development and how this development interacts with a social environment. Psychosocial interventions cover psychological interventions (for example classified into behavioural, cognitive, humanistic, motivational etc.) and social approaches (for example focusing the work on families or wider social networks such a local communities). Working in accordance with national guidance promoting the provision of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for those experiencing serious mental health problems, this module uses a structured, recovery-orientated, formulation driven psychosocial approach in collaboration with service-users/families and carers. Students on this module are exposed to the underlying principles and frameworks of interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Family Intervention Skills, Motivational Enhancement Skills, etc. Therefore, this module will help the student to develop their advanced clinical skills and critical understanding of assessment, and a comprehensive understanding of case formulation with a particular focus on evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). CPE Modules on Website 

  • Theories/models of psychosocial interventions e.g., stress vulnerability model, recovery, strengths, cognitive behavioural and family intervention models.  

  • Assessment frameworks (e.g., biopsychosocial, strengths, recovery and person centered).  

  • Components of comprehensive assessment (e.g., history taking, mental state examination, cognitive function, behaviour, physical health, social functioning, risk, strengths) and case formulation. 

  • Outcome measures, considerations in designing psychosocial interventions.  

  • Practice issues and ethics of psychosocial interventions with individuals and families.  

  • Therapeutic partnership and collaborative working. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the student will be able to: 

  • Critically evaluate the theories and models underpinning psychosocial interventions.  

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of a comprehensive assessment.  

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the factors relevant to the selection and use of outcome measures in mental health care.  

  • Critically discuss ethical issues related to psychosocial interventions. 

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the therapeutic value of psychosocial interventions for persons experiencing mental health problems. 

  1. A Registered Nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.  

  1. 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.


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

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