Acute Mental Health Interventions

This Professional Certificate is unique in that it addresses the needs of health and social care disciplines in understanding and delivering acute mental health interventions. Its interdisciplinary character affords students the opportunity to interact with other healthcare professionals in a dynamic educational setting.

Any professional who comes into contact with people experiencing acute mental illness; for example, nurses, doctors, social workers, occupational therapists and Gardaí may apply for this Certificate.

What is the programme about?
Acute mental health interventions are explored within the context of key medical, social and behavioural treatment models. Best evidence in these areas is used to illustrate the curative and transformative nature of acute mental health interventions within a recovery based framework. Students explore national and international health policy and contemporary best evidence relating to the effective management of acute mental health difficulties. Teamwork in acute mental healthcare is critically examined within the context of diminishing resources, ill-defined professional roles and public expectations. Practical classroom work will revolve around interactional methods used when one encounters someone experiencing an acute mental illness. Feedback from peers adds a real life dimension to the module.

Programme Aims
The programme aims to provide you with a strong theoretical foundation for the acute mental health interventions employed in contemporary practice.

What will I learn?
Students will:
1. Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of the main forms of acute mental health intervention and their practical application and of the legislative and policy frameworks pertaining to acute mental healthcare.

2. Verbally and through written media, describe, explain and discuss what acute mental health interventions entail, how they are assessed and how they are best utilised within different settings.

3. This Professional Certificate will enable the student to apply new found knowledge and skills in their workplace. This Certificate will also provide the student with new knowledge upon which they can base future research.

How will I benefit?
This programme is primarily directed towards, but not exclusive to, professionals currently working in health and social care. A key focus of this programme is on fostering transferable skills and participants are facilitated to apply knowledge and skills developed to their particular work area. Due primarily to the teaching methods employed throughout the Certificate, students develop skills in the area of autonomous learning.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the programme are that the person would have a Level 8 qualification. It is desirable that the person would be working in the area of mental health although this is not essential.

Documents to be submitted with your application
•Certificates of relevant professional qualifications or validated copies of awards
•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
•A current photocopy of professional registration (where relevant)
•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
•Professional Reference Form (original form)
•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Subjects taught

Programme Structure
The programme is currently offered once per year (dependent on numbers). Classes are on one afternoon per week as well as online learning in the student's own time and the course is one semester in duration.

Class Contact: Lectures 21
Class Contact: Small Group discussion or on-line 5
Class Contact: Practical 10
Autonomous student learning 105


1 Semester Part Time


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Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 20189.

How to apply
Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Post Course Info

Careers / Where can I go?
This course will enhance your clinical expertise and permit you to be responsive to the needs of people presenting with acute mental health needs. This qualification is relevant to the changing healthcare environment.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    Prof Cert

  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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