This programme aims to equip healthcare professionals with an advanced level of competence in treating mental health that will enable them to understand clinical assessment & mental health legislation, clinical pharmacology & therapeutics, alcohol and substance use, child and adolescent mental health, psychological therapies, and acute mental health interventions.
We are fortunate to have many colleagues, with diverse and wide-ranging areas of expertise, who have contributed to the development and delivery of the programme, including:
Development and delivery of the Programme is being led by:
Prof Allys Guerandel
Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research SVUH and UCD
Dr Anna Beug
General practitioner, GP Trainer with the North Dublin City GP training scheme, Lecturer UCD School of Medicine
I am a GP with over 20 years’ experience and a GP trainer. I have extensive experience of teaching in the areas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Adult Mental Health and Communication Skills. I have worked extensively with groups of GP trainers, GP trainees and undergraduates.
I deliver interactive seminars in Child and Adolescent Mental Health as part of the programme.
I am particularly interested in bringing a primary care focus to my teaching which addresses the specific challenges of delivering high quality mental health care in general practice.
Prof Walter Cullen
General Practitioner & Professor of Urban General Practice, UCD School of Medicine
I am a general practitioner with an interest in medical education and the care of patients with mental health and substance use disorders. I am delighted to be part of the multidisciplinary team who developed this programme.
I am responsible for academic governance and oversight, liaison with clinical sites, assessment, student feedback, course evaluation.
Prof Anne Doherty
Consultant Psychiatrist & Associate Professor, UCD School of Medicine
Dr Blanaid Gavin
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Associate Professor, UCD School of Medicine
I have a special interest in the early recognition and treatment of mental health difficulties in young people and have worked with a broad range of agencies to promote awareness of mental health needs of young people.
I am well published on a variety of topics related to children’s mental health and have co -authored a mental health handbook for teachers in addition to the ICGP National Guidelines on children’s mental health and the national guidelines on psychosis.
Dr Anthony Hoban
General Practitioner & Assistant Professor / Lecturer in General Practice, UCD School of Medicine
I am a GP with a keen interest in mental health in the primary care setting. I have been involved in studying the mental health needs of vulnerable populations in Dublin’s inner city and have primary care liaison services in the community.
I have lectured on addiction, depression, sleep disorders and understanding distress in the context of decision making. I am one of the module co-ordinators and will be involved in assessment and feedback. I look forward to helping students on the programme.
This course is primarily targeted towards:
Health and social care professionals with an interest in mental health, especially those working in Primary Care, General Practice, Psychiatry, and Non-Governmental Organisations involved in the prevention and care of patients with mental health problems
Semesters 1 and 2
Distance and Online learning
Distance and online learning allow students to learn about diagnosis, assessment and approaches to management and care of mental illness in these semesters. In addition, full day workshops held every six weeks allow students to put into practice their assessment techniques, develop expertise in identification of signs of serious mental health states ('red flags') and how to respond in practice, and to develop proficiency in managing mental health issues in special circumstances, such as substance misuse, children and adolescents and the elderly.
Online resources allow students to work at their own pace during the semester. This flexible, practitioner-focused approach to course delivery takes account of and caters for time and work pressures experienced by busy clinicians.
In addition to the clinical course content students will also complete a module of medical scholarship allowing them to:
This Graduate Certificate programme is delivered over one academic year part-time and is designed to include both theoretical and professional practice elements, with significant emphasis on expertise in clinical practice.
An award of Graduate Certificate (30 credits) will be given to students who have completed the three core ten-credit modules which will provide them with knowledge / skills / competences that equip them to competently manage common mental health problems in a primary care setting.
The course programme codes are:
The School welcomes applications from eligible international applicants.
For more information on studying at UCD as an international student please see UCD Global website.
If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: + 353 1 716 1476.
To participate fully in this online programme, we recommend that participants have:
For further course information:
Academic Programme Director
Prof Walter Cullen
UCD Full Professor of Urban General Practice
Ms Sinead Gillen
Programme Administrator, Graduate Taught Programmes
t: 01 716 6669
Prof Allys Guérandel
Consultant Psychiatrist & Clinical Professor
St Vincent’s University Hospital & UCD
UCD School of Medicine
UCD Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4.