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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Community Mental Health) Level 9
Course Code: INT08

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Studies Level 9

Entry Requirements:

Be a registered psychiatric nurse who is currently practising as a psychiatric nurse with at least 18 months post-registration experience


One academic year part-time.

Fees (euro):


Application Process:

Download Application form and return to:

Margaret Hession
Department of Nursing & Heath Studies
St Angela's College
Lough Gill
T: 071-91 35612

Next Intake:

September 2017.

Closing Date: 2017-03-31

Programme Overview

Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care 1
While acknowledging the importance of medication in supporting someone with a mental illness, this module examines other complimentary ways such as relapse prevention; medication management; holistic assessments; solution focused brief interventions; use of CBT with psychosis; family interventions; supporting someone with auditory hallucinations among others to ensure a quality recovery for these individuals.

Therapeutic Communication
The aim of this module is to enhance knowledge and understanding of therapeutic communication. The module with further enhance therapeutic skills and help the student to develop the therapeutic relationship which serves to underpin the basis of all psychological therapies. Critical exploration of attitudes, feelings and behaviour will take place.

Primary and Community Mental Health Care
This module will critically consider the concepts and definitions of community and primary health care. Key concepts of the community nursing role as well as the fundamental dimensions of primary care, with special emphasis on mental health will be examined. The role of voluntary agencies will also be addressed.

Mental Health Nursing in the Community
This module covers many key issues regarding caring for someone with a mental illness in a community setting. The importance of mental health promotion, as well as advocacy groups, service user rights and management and caseload issues are all examined.

Reflective Practice
Developing professionals as reflective practitioners and responding to their personal and professional needs are two of the key values of this module. It aims to introduce the participants to the theory and practice of professional reflection in ways that enhance their own performance and contributes to the work of which they are part.

Professional Practice
This module will build upon the practitioner's previous nursing experience and expertise. The focus of this module is on the development of the professional role of the student as a community mental health nurse. The student will manage, under supervision a minimum of 12 service users, thus caring for a caseload with a variety of mental illnesses and care plans.

Psychosocial Interventions in Mental Health Care 2

This module complements the previous module regarding interventions from a psychological and social perspective that support people with mental health difficulties.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this programme places the nurse in an excellent position to apply for and carry out various community nursing roles in many of the community mental health teams.

Career Opportunities

Contact Details

Tom O Grady
T:   071 91 35624.

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