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


Therapeutic Engagement





€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: 



This module examines the theoretical foundations and application of therapeutic engagement and counselling. The module analyses a range of approaches in healthcare practice, such as cognitive and behavioural, humanistic, and psychodynamic approaches to the therapeutic process and counselling. Particular attention is given to therapeutic engagement with specific client needs across the care continuum.

This module will build on previous knowledge/skills to facilitate practitioners to use therapeutic engagement at specialist/ advanced levels in healthcare practice. Therapeutic engagement is an essential means through which healing and personal growth and development are achieved within nursing, midwifery and healthcare practice. Participants completing this module will improve the efficacy of their current practice through increased knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and its use in addressing maladaptive cognition and behaviour.

Theoretical foundations of therapeutic engagement and counselling: § Person centred/humanistic. § Cognitive and behavioural; and § Psychodynamic approaches to the therapeutic process and counselling Levels of Therapeutic Engagement: § Elements of therapeutic dialogue. § Working with Trauma § Introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); § CBT techniques used to: facilitate assessment, adaptive coping responses, functional analysis, use of outcome measures, and developing a collaborative case formulation; and § Brief Interventions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Critically explore the concept of therapeutic engagement and its contribution to practice.
  • Demonstrate the application of person-centred approach to promote perinatal mental health and engage health care service users. ·
  • Critically discuss the theoretical basis of cognitive behavioural therapy interventions;
  • Critique the role and value of the therapeutic relationship as a foundation for cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Demonstrate the features of assessment and formulation in cognitive behaviour therapy.
  • Demonstrate the application of cognitive behaviour therapy techniques to promote health and wellbeing.
  1. A recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with their relevant regulatory professional body e.g., CORU, NMBI, PHECC.
  2. 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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