Colleges and Universities Offering Certificate in Peer Support Working in Mental Health in Ireland

  • Course Name: Certificate in Peer Support Working in Mental Health()
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  • Course Category: Certificate Courses

Institutions Offering Certificate in Peer Support Working in Mental Health

  • Dublin City University Dublin City University, Dublin  
    Delivery Modes: Part-Time

    Duration: 1 year

    About the course:
    The Certificate consists of three modules delivered on a part-time basis over two semesters. The course involves attendance in two-day blocks every two weeks during semester 1(10 in total) and once a month (6 days in total) in semester 2 and 16 days on-line work through Loop.
    Students study the following topics:
    • Models of peer support and practice skills conducive to the facilitation of support and recovery for people with mental health problems and their family members.
    • Multidisciplinary roles and functions in mental health services provision and potential place of peer support workers in this system
    • HSE infrastructure, policy and professional practice guidelines that apply to all mental health workers in mental health services.
    • The historical context of evolving mental health policy and practice in relation to diverse models applied to mental health difficulties and service/professional response
    • Recovery in relation to contemporary mental health care and national and international standards for the rights of people with disability and mental health and their families.
    • Variety of underpinning philosophies of psychology, sociology and community development in relation to self and group systems
    • Styles of leadership in relation to individual abilities and competencies in judgement and decision making
    • Interpersonal & leadership skills and processes and propose solutions that are effective in groups and community engagement
    • Effectiveness of community resources in relation to self and community development
    • The responsibility of the individual and group in supporting/facilitating community learning and development
    Innovative teaching methodologies place students’ learning styles, and needs at the core of the teaching and learning activity.
    Course assessments involve critical thinking, reflection and are based on practice, assignments are transformatory and are personally applicable to the students’ workplace.
    This course is an established standard for Peer Support Workers employed in the HSE.

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