Certificate in Psychosocial Interventions for Practice

CertificatePsychosocial Interventions for Practice

Part Time
Cork Road
3 mts



Psychosocial Interventions for Practice

Psychosocial Interventions describe collaborative work with service users which integrates a range of medical, social, and psychological evidence-based interventions delivered within the recovery perspective.

The programme aims to facilitate learners to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding to safely and appropriately apply psychosocial intervention skills into their everyday practice when dealing with service users and their families/carers.

The Certificate in Psychosocial Interventions aims to enable learners to incrementally enhance their knowledge and skills on psychosocial interventions as they progress through the programme. Strong emphasis is placed on enhancing learnings’ existing professional repertoire with a focus on enhancing knowledge and skills for clinical practice.

Unique Features

The programme will run over one semester. The student will attend for class in the college one half day per fortnight. Placement is a requirement in that the student must be working in an area with access to clients with psychosocial intervention needs. Course participation is agreed with the practice manager who confirms that the placement is appropriate to allow the student the opportunity to develop and apply their skills allowing for reflection on their experiences.

The programme includes both theoretical and practical skill development.Syllabus content includes:

  • The recovery model and current national and international  health policy

  • The use of psychosocial interventions in promoting recovery oriented practice

  • Engagement and management of the therapeutic alliance

  • Psychosocial assessment; Solution-focused care

  • Brief introduction to basic cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)

  • Family Interventions; Motivational Interviewing

  • Wellness Recovery Action Planning

  • Early warning signs and relapse prevention

  • Incorporating psychosocial interventions into the process of assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care

  • Legal and ethical issues in psychosocial interventions and data protection

How to Apply

Application forms available from

Breda Walsh, Administration, Department of Nursing and Health Care Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road Waterford T: 051-845567 E: [email protected]

Psychosocial Interventions for Practice Entry Requirements

The primary target audience for this programme is nurses. The programme is also open to other health and social care professionals who provide psychosocial interventions to service users as part of their day to day work.

The following minimum entry criteria will apply:

  • Registered nurse/ midwife or professional qualification and experience in health or social care field (including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, addiction counsellors, drug and alcohol workers and other relevant professionals.

  • The student should have basic knowledge on psychological processes. This evidence should be provided when applying in the form of a transcript of prior learning.

  • A work environment that is conducive to achievement of programme learning outcomes.

  • Identified service need within area of practice

  • Completed application form signed by the learner and endorsed by line manager.

Learners who successfully complete this programme will be more knowledgeable in psychosocial interventions thereby enabling them to provide high quality care to service users and their families/ carers.

Follow On Study

The Department of Nursing and Health Care also offers an MSc in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing for Practice. This is an option for further study for graduates from this programme, subject to eligibility to enter a master’s level programme. 

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