Courses in

Nursing and Social Care

Certificate in Recovery in Mental Health (SPA)

Special Purpose Award (Level 8)

Why Study?: 

Recovery in mental health implies focusing on the strengths and opportunities for a service user rather than the limitations and symptoms of mental illness. 

Such an approach emphasizes the concepts of hope and optimism and are integral values in the recovery approach.  The aim of this module is to enable learners to develop an in depth working knowledge of the principles and practice of recovery for the mental health service user and to critically evaluate the range of skills necessary to work innovatively and collaboratively with service users, carers, and their families and appropriate agencies. 

This course is aimed at mental health professionals working in the area of rehabilitation and recovery in mental health. 


This 10-credit module will enable the learner to recognise and respond to factors which contribute towards or affect over all health, including but not limited to:

  • Mental
  • Physical
  • Social
  • Psychological
  • Spiritual
  • Educational
  • Political
  • Cultural
  • Financial

Ethical needs of:

  • Service users
  • Groups
  • Communities
  • Families 

Entry Requirements: 

This programme is aimed at nurses who are registered with An Bord Altranais and hold a valid PIN and also Mental Health Professional registered, where appropriate, with a professional body

Other Essential Information: 

This module will commence in January 2020 and be delivered over 13 weeks (one afternoon per week)

Applications will be accepted for the above course up until 13th December, 2019.

Apply using the GMIT Mayo Lifelong Learning Application Form (PDF, 564 KB)



It is each candidate's responsibility to seek clarification from his/her employer regarding fee entitlement.

Discipline: Nursing and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Category: Part-time Accredited


For further information please contact

Siobhan Lynch

Phone: +353 (0)94 904 3287

eMail: Siobhan Lynch