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DCU offering the first Undergraduate Certificate in Peer Support in Mental HealthDublin City University

From September 2018 DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences will offer the first Undergraduate Certificate in Peer Support Working in Mental Health in Ireland.

The Irish Mental Health Policy Document ‘A Vision for Change’ (Government of Ireland, 2006) provided the first ever mandate for users of mental health services to be involved at all levels of design, development and delivery of mental health services into the future. In 2016 a new grade of staff in the national mental health services was announced ‘Peer Support Worker’; Peer support workers are people who would add their unique expertise deriving from their lived experience of mental health difficulties and receiving support for that.

From September 2018 DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences will expand its offering of a Certificate in Peer Support Working in Mental Health to include eligibility for Family Peer Support workers to avail of the same training. Family Peer Support offers families/friends/supporters of those with lived experience of mental health difficulties an opportunity to receive peer support from someone who also has experience supporting a loved one.

Both peer support workers are recovery orientated with the focus on inspiring hope for the future and supporting people with self-experience and family members on the recovery journeys.

This one year programme offers existing peer support workers and family peer support workers an opportunity to develop and enhance their skills and heighten their impact within their role. The programme also enables organisations to support trainee peer support workers to gain a qualification while working 19 hours a week in a paid or voluntary capacity for the duration of the programme.

For more information on the programme please see: www.dcu.ie/courses/Undergraduate/snhs/Certificate-Peer-Support-Working-Mental-Health.shtml

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VIP Fresher Competition

Students have until July 1, 2018 to enter our VIP Fresher Competition to win one of 3 amazing prizes including free on campus accommodation.  Simply submit a short recorded video (2 min max) telling us why they should be a winner.

The prizes will be awarded to the applicant with the most original entry who meets the following criteria:

Has chosen a DCU course as one of their CAO choices, meet the minimum entry requirements for that course and have been awarded a place on that course.


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Date: 26th June 2018

Time: 11am-2pm

Venue: Nursing Building DCU, Glasnevin Campus

Offering a unique opportunity for 2018 CAO applicants and their parents/guardians to find out all they need to know to make a more informed decision about DCU before the CAO Change of Mind deadline on July 1st.

The event will take place in the Nursing Building. The Nursing Building is located on the left as you enter DCU from the Collins’ Avenue entrance (code H on the map click here to view the map). Directions to DCU can be found by clicking here. If travelling by car, please park in Car Park 1 – the Multi-storey, which is the first building on the right hand side (after the small roundabout). Please use the Collins Avenue entrance.

The Open Day will provide you with the opportunity to speak with DCU staff and current students from all faculties. DCU students will also be present to give guided tours of the Glasnevin campus to see accommodation facilities, lecture rooms, laboratories and sports facilities.

The format for the day is as follows:

  • 00 – 11.30am: Registration
  • 30am: Introduction – DCU Schools Liaison Team
  • 35am: Welcome – DCU President Professor Brian MacCraith
  • 45am: DCU Student Experience – student life at DCU  – Current DCU student’s
  • 55am: DCU Student’s Union – DCU SU President
  • 05am: Student Support Services at DCU
  • 20pm: Start of Glasnevin Campus Tours – DCU Student Ambassadors
  • 11 am – 2pm: Visit DCU stands and talk to DCU staff about the undergraduate programmes available at DCU
  • Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be available to purchase if required in the Nursing Building.

Tours are available on the DCU St Patricks campus from 2.30pm to 3pm (this must be booked in advance via studenthelp@dcu.ie)

For more information, please email studenthelp@dcu.ie or phone 01-700 6846

Registration is essential to attend the June Open Day and is for those applying to college for entry in September/October 2018 only. Please click on the link below to book your place https://www.dcu.ie/studentrecruitment/juneopenday/bookingform.shtml

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