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Certificate course

Mental Health in the Community

Adult Continuing Education (ACE), at University College Cork, offers the programme in association with Mental Health Ireland. This part-time programme is run in a number of centres throughout Ireland such as Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Athlone and Dublin. There are plans to offer this programme in further centres in 2016 and expand into a Diploma offering in September 2016.

Our teaching team will work with adult learners through a mixture of lectures, practice based workshops and continuous assessment, in accordance with the ethos of adult education and in-line with Vision for Change.

This Certificate will facilitate the development of the knowledge and skills necessary in the design and planning of mental health promotion. The participant will explore ‘community’ as a resource in responding to the challenges of mental ill health and will engage with case examples and best practice frameworks.

The Certificate looks at community and civil society as a context for ‘recovery in mental health’. The participant will examine the world of mental health and ill health with a critical lens, challenging the way in which we define, understand, and work with mental and emotional distress. The participant will be encouraged to look at their own and societal attitudes towards people with mental and emotional problems and be expected to recognise and apply the principles and values of the recovery perspective, citizenship, empowerment, self-advocacy, social inclusion, service user participation, hope and social justice.


Part-time over 1 year, 1 evening per week and some Saturdays

Awarding body:

University College Cork


Certificate, NFQ level 6

Course Fees:


Course Content

  • Mental Health Promotion/Suicide Prevention
  • Recovery Orientated Approaches to Mental Health
  • Reflective Practice
  • Community Integration Networks
  • Social Inclusion
  • Co-production and Partnership Development

Is this course for me?

The Certificate would be interest to people working in the community who are committed to enhancing their current competence, skill and practice in promoting mental health, to developing opportunities for recovery for people who experience mental health difficulties, and to exploring their own and societal attitudes to mental health and emotional distress.

This includes:

  • Community and Voluntary Sector
  • Advocates, Peers and family members
  • Community Educators and Activists
  • Social and Healthcare/Mental Healthcare professionals
  • Housing, Homeless, Disability and Addiction services

Who runs this course?

Adult Continuing Education at University College Cork in association with Mental Health Ireland.

Where and when are they held?

Dublin North: St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra Road Upper, Dublin 9
Thursday Evenings & Some Saturdays
Commencing: 24th September 2015

Dublin South: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Wednesday Evenings & Some Saturdays
Commencing: 23rd September 2015

University College Cork
Tuesday Evenings & Some Saturdays
Commencing: 22nd September 2015

Limerick College of Further Education
Tuesday Evenings & Some Saturdays
Commencing: 15th September 2015

Athlone Institute of Technology
Tuesday Evenings & Some Saturdays
Commencing: 15th September 2015

Galway (TBC)

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