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Nursing and Social Care

Recovery in Mental Health GMIT Mayo Campus

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 mental health workers, people with lived experience and their supporters and people who have an interest in
recovery in mental health. There is an assessment component at QQI Level 8.


Other Essential Information: 

This module will commence in January 2022 and be delivered over 13 weeks (one afternoon per week)

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday, 10th December 2021.


Online applications open on 6th April 2021 for January 2022 commencement


Applications can be made online at, using application type L8.

This user guide contains step by step instructions on how to create and submit an online application.


Lifelong learning programmes are planned with "remote delivery" of classes, and this will be done within existing blended programme delivery models and times. This will also allow for some level of classroom delivery if Covid-19 restrictions allow later in the academic year. 

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

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

Dr Sean Foy