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Study plan - Interdisciplinary Continuing Education in Mental Health Care

Autumn 2019

Contents: 5 courses, in total 60 credits with final exams in each course

Target Group: People in private and public sector working in the field of mental health work

Practical Information about the Course: Part-time education with week assemblies/single days on campus.

Profile: Coping, empowerment and relationship competence

Learning outcomes


The Candidate:

  • has comprehensive knowledge of mental illnesses and is able to identify the significance of environmental and biological factors in the development of mental illnesses
  • has comprehensive knowledge of psychological and social theories explaining the development of mental illnesses
  • has advanced knowledge of conditions enhancing improvement processes in the mentally ill, including knowledge of therapeutical communication and interaction centering on coping and empowerment
  • has comprehensive knowledge of important guidelines and legislation regulating work with the mentally ill, and also about the composition and organisation of the mental health services
  • has comprehensive knowledge of the philosophy of science and research methods used within the field of health and social sciences



The Candidate:

  • is able to identify necessary measures that promote mental health on both individual and group level
  • is able to identify which conditions that promote coping and empowerment and employ models for empowerment and coping in practical exercises and reflection
  • is able to analyse and critically assess models for health promotion, care and interaction
  • is able to employ current legislation in clinical situations and stay critically alert in connection with the framework conditions and ethical and moral challanges of the subject area
  • is able to carry out systematic literature searches, analyse research reports and practise criticism of the sources


General Qualifications:

The Candidate:

  • is able to relate different theories of health and care as well as social and psychological theories to work with people with mental illnesses
  • is able to impart, discuss and analyse professional problems in cooperation with the user and other occupational groups
  • is able to analyse and critically assess the basis for research and knowledge development in mental health work
  • is able to work out a project outline for a master¿s thesis/professional development plan through instruction and in accordance with current research ethical guidelines


R&D base: Advanced level of curriculum. Lecturers: senior lecturers/professorial status. Lecturers from the University College and national and international competence milieus



Teaching Methods: Teaching, instruction, teamwork. Moreover, the study is based on obligatory participation in instruction groups, communication on the net and substantial individual effort between the assemblies.

Practical Training: Interdisciplinary instruction groups throughout the study


Home examination and assignment



PSYK6101 People, Mental Illness, and the Social Environment

PSYK6202 Organization of Services for People with Mental Illness and the Professional Foundation

VIT6202 Theory of Science, Methodology and Ethics

PSYK6103 Development and Practice of Mental Health Work: Communication, Cooperation, and Conflict Management

PSYK6104 Mental Health Work and Relationship Competence from a User Perspective