Requirements for admission include possession of a Bachelor´s degree (180 credits) in healthcare and/or social work, and a minimum of one year of relevant professional practice from direct work with patients/clients after completed education.
Applicants with two years of higher education in healthcare or social work in accordance with previous National Curriculum, may also be admitted. Applicants with other 3-year college or university education may upon special consideration, be accepted as students.
Given a sufficient number of applicants, admission will be based on the following:
a) A maximum of 60% of the places in the Mental Health Care programme shall be offered to applicants with the same professional background.
b) A minimum of three different professions shall be represented in the student group.
The admission committee may deviate from the rules of priority in the admission requirements regulation (´Forskrift om opptak til mastergradsstudier og videreutdanningsstudier ved Universitetet i Agder´) if necessary, in order to fulfil the above mentioned requirements.
Community mental health work is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field of education, research and work, and includes all parts of the services. Community mental health work focuses the promotion and betterment of people's mental health, as well as pointing out and seeking to change conditions in the community which create mental unhealth and contribute to processes of stigmatization and social exclusion. The aim is to strengthen people's feeling of dignity and vitality, to contribute in processes which can develop the experience of belonging and possibilities of coping in everyday life, and to create an inclusive community. The continuing education in mental health care is founded on this broad understanding of mental health work, and is an interdisciplinary study programme for professionals who want to strengthen and develop their expertise in working with persons experiencing difficulties in life and/or having psychiatric problems. The programme includes the study of life-long mental health and promotes both theoretical and practical studies. The contents are based on the national curriculum and regulations of continuing education in mental health work, determined by the Ministry of Education and Research 1 December 2005.
The continuing education in mental health care contributes to a broad and flexible competence in mental health work. The study programme qualifies health - and social workers for preventative - and health promoting work and therapeutic collaboration with people suffering from mental illness, within the public health - and social services and the specialist services.
The continuing education is based on - and is also a part of - the international, national and municipal health - and sociopolitical regulations within the fields of mental health and drug addiction. These regulations are presented, analyzed and discussed during the study programme. The continuing education includes a compulsory part of 30 credits:
...and an interdisciplinary specialization in psychosocial work (30 credits):
The compulsory part of the continuing education gives a broad overview over mental health work and illustrates different perspectives on mental health and illness, communication, interaction and conflict solving, as well as organization of the health - and social services. The specialization focuses on dialogue and relations, user involvement in work methods and practice, as well as approaches towards people in crisis. The specialization also challenges the student concerning theories of own profession and work methods in mental health work.
|1. sem||PSY424-G Psychosocial health 5 sp||PSY419-G Organization and Interaction of Mental Health Services 10 sp|
|2. sem||PSY407-G Community Mental Health - Current Concepts and Findings 15 sp|
|3. sem||PSY417-G Service User Perspectives in Community Mental Health 15 sp|
|4. sem||PSY500-G Crisis Intervention 15 sp|
The continuing education has three main objectives (cf. the National curriculum, determined by the Ministry of Education and Research 1 December 2005, page 6):
On successful completion of the programme, students will have:
Several pedagogical work methods will be used during the study programme:
Lectures are given by the regular teachers and by invited guest lecturers. Both experience-based and research-based imparting of knowledge are emphasized. Lectures may be given both digitally and in traditional classrooms/auditoriums.
Seminars will be arranged in various courses in order to encourage and facilitate dialogue and exchange of experiences. Participation in seminars is compulsory.
Various forms of group work will be used during the study programme. In general, group work is used as an arena for the students to have interdisciplinary discussions to solve specific problems, and as an opportunity for developing skills and competence in interaction with fellow students. The groups facilitate time for reflection and individual feed-back.
The study programme requires specific skills in various areas (e.g. communication and the application of the data-programme SPSS), and some of the courses prepare for supervised exercises/skill training.
In the practical studies the students collaborate with individuals, couples, groups and/or organizations, aimed at improving their mental health. Practical studies are organized and approved of by the university, and 90 % certified attendance is required.
The students will be offered supervision related to the acquirement of specific skills.
Clinical supervision will focus on dilemmas and challenges in clinical practice situations, and will stimulate to professional development of skills. Supervision is compulsory.
Academic supervision will be offered related to assignments, project work and will strengthen the students¿ competence for systematic knowledge development and their ability to write scientific texts.
Self-studies give the students the opportunity to work on their own according to the reading-list, working with own projects, finding literature and writing assignments throughout the study programme. The teaching language is mainly Norwegian. A considerable part of the reading will be in English.
Student exchange can be arranged in the course PSY500 Crisis Intervention.
Please refer to the university's web pages for a general overview over exchange possibilities.
Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences