Module Overview

Mental Health & Therapeutic Interventions

The purpose of the module is: to provide the student with a critical analysis of current debates and emerging issues in the area of mental health; to equip the student with an integrated knowledge of the structures and organisational systems involved in mental health services in Ireland; to develop the student’s intervention skills in responding to services users with a mental health diagnosis; to provide the student with an overview of relevant therapeutic interventions, their histories and theoretical underpinnings; to highlight the importance of recovery focused models of care; to provide a critical analysis of Irish mental health policies and strategies.

Module Code

SSSC H4023

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Psychiatric and Alternative Models

Critical perspectives on diagnoses and classification systems; labeling and stigma; Mental Health Act 2001; A Vision for Change 2006; the Recovery model; clubhouse models; peer support models e.g. Eolas project; the service user perspective; ethical and legal issues specific to this area.

Specialist Populations

Dual diagnosis and Models of Care: Addiction; Intellectual Disability; Older service users and Alzheimers/Dementia; Homeless; Self Harm; Diversity and Cultural Factors eg. Travellers, asylum seekers.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Social Care Interventions in the CAMHS; Suicide Ideation- Prevention and Response Models; Eating Disorders;Family Therapy.

National Strategies

Strategies and Advocacy Groups-National Policies: A Framework for Improved Health and Well-being 2013-2015; HSE Mental Health Plan 2015; National Office for Suicide Prevention; Advocacy groups: Mental Health Reform; Headstrong; Jigsaw; Mental Health Promotion Strategies in Schools.

Therapeutic Interventions

Psychoanalytical/ Psychodynamic Approaches; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Brief/Solution Focused approaches; Person-Centred Approaches; Art therapy; Gesalt/ Alderian Therapy; Group Therapy.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination60
Other Assessment(s)40