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, pharmacological and other treatments, problem alcohol and substance use, child and adolescent mental health, and acute mental health interventions.
The programme is primarily targeted towards physicians / health and social care professionals with an interest in mental health, especially those working in:
The programme includes both theoretical and professional practice elements, with an emphasis on clinical care. This will allow students to learn about assessment and approaches to care of patients with mental health problems, especially the acute and continuing care of common mental health and substance use disorders across the lifespan. A professional certificate will be awarded to students who have completed the programme.
The programme will be taught over one trimester, part time. It will be primarily delivered through online and self-directed learning to allow students to work at their own pace, at a time that is convenient. There will be a ‘live’ weekly webinar (which students can view at their convenience if necessary) and 1-2 one-day workshops on campus. This flexible, practitioner-focused approach to course delivery takes account of and caters for time and work pressures experienced by busy clinicians.
This programme is currently open for applications and the next intake is May 2023. To apply for this programme, please submit a direct application. A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available on the registry page.
X971 for the Professional Certificate
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: email@example.com or telephone: + 353 1 716 1476.
To participate fully in this online programme, we recommend that participants have:
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.
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.