Nursing - Theories of Psychosocial Assessment & Care - Module

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.

Award: University Certificate of Study
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Entry requirements

A Registered Nurse 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.

Applicable to each module

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.

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One Semester (12 Weeks) part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: Autumn 2024

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