Certificate in Peer Support Practice (SPA)This programme provides students with an education for professional practice in peer support work. This includes disability / neurodiversity, addiction services, physical health (particularly in dementia care), and mental health / emotional distress.
Have you had a lived experience of emotional or physical distress? Have you had a family member who has suffered mental or physical health challenges? Have you reached a point in your ‘recovery’ that you feel in a position to use your lived experience to help others in their recovery journeys? If so, this course may be for you. The course offers you the skills to work as a professional peer support worker who can provide non-judgemental, peer-led support to people who are experiencing mental and physical health challenges. The programme meets the need to develop systematic education and preparation for professional peer-support practitioners in the statutory and non-statutory sectors and in a number of diverse practice domains.
Understanding Peer Support
Recovery in Mental Health
Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
In addition, you do one of the following four elective modules:
Addiction and Social Care
Disability and Care
Critical Perspectives on Neurodiversity
Family / Carer peer Support in Dementia Care
The proposed Special Purpose Award provides training and education for a very clearly defined cohort of professional practitioners in peer-support practice. Potential employers are the HSE, voluntary and community organisations. Peer-support work is becoming an important feature of health and social care service delivery nationally.
Qualified Peer Support Workers will be eligible to take up peer support roles in the HSE and the NGO sector. There will also be opportunities in recovery education with the HSE and other organisations. Graduates of the course will also be able to input into service improvement processes in organisations. Peer support workers will also be equipped to work in health and wellbeing settings across a range of community and other settings.
Potential employment roles include:
Peer support workers
Family peer workers
Area Leads for Engagement
Professionals with Lived Experience
Graduates from the Peer Support Certificate have multiple further award pathways. They may build on their 30 credits to complete full Degrees in a number of disciplines.
Level 7 award in a cognate discipline. If you don’t have such an award then your Recognised Prior Experience will be assessed. Students must have an integrated lived experience relevant to peer support practice
GMIT will assess individual applicants on a case-by-case basis, in line with the RPL Policy. RPL application is via the www.myexperience.ie website.
Other Essential Information:
Students must have a peer practice setting upon commencement of the course where they apply their theory into practice. This is to ensure ongoing professional reflection and learning.
All students must be Garda vetted.
Online applications open on 6th April 2021 for September commencement
How To Apply
Applications can be made online at https://apply.gmit.ie, using application type L8.
This user guide contains step by step instructions on how to create and submit an online application
Closing date for receipt of completed applications for September intake is 5pm on Friday, 14th May 2021.
One year over 2 semesters.
GMIT will continue to adhere to Government guidelines to ensure the safety of students, staff and the wider community.
Current fees are listed on our Fees Page https://www.gmit.ie/general/what-are-fees
Mental Health Ireland are paying a Bursary (The Tony Lowes Bursary) of half the fees to every student enrolled on the course.
Click Bursary to apply.