Professional Cert in Youth Mental Health

Professional Certificate in Youth Mental Health (10 credits)

The programme is designed to expand the knowledge, skills and attitudes of professionals engaged with young people from a range of different environments. The  students are encouraged to apply their theoretical knowledge to their professional setting. Therefore, the role of the educator, innovator, researcher and advocate will be enhanced to meet the multiple and complex needs of young people in today’s ever-changing world. 


Programme Aims

The Program aims to:mme aims

  • Develop a greater understanding of the principles which underpin the various aspects of child, adolescent and young adult development particularly in relation to emotional development.

  • Introduce students' to have an appreciation of developmental theory and the biopsychosocial sciences which underpin youth mental health.

  • Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development

  • Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication,

Who is the Programme for?

This programme is designed for professionals who have a primary degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline and who are engaged in working with young people. 


Programme Structure and Content

For the Professional Certificate (10 credits), students will take one of the following modules:

NMHS44120 Contemporary Issues in Young People’s Mental Health (10 ECTS), Autumn Trimester

NMHS44110 Young People’s Mental Health in Society – Advocacy and Support (10 ECTS), Autumn Trimester


Entry Requirements

·         All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)/RPL consideration if no degree - see RPL Tab Heading

·         All applicants must be working with or have plans to work with young people

Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL
  • All applicants must hold an academic qualification at NQAI Level 8 (e.g., Honours Degree or Higher Diploma). Applicants who do not possess an academic award at Level 8 or higher, may apply for entry to the Youth Mental Health Programmes on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Students will be asked to furnish a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to undertake the programme.  




How to Apply