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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Advancing Practice ID and Mental Health
Module Code NS515
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Deirdre Corby
Semester 2: Deirdre Corby
Autumn: Deirdre Corby
Module TeachersDeirdre Corby
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
not applicable

To analyse advancing practice in the care of people with intellectual disability and mental health issues.

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine current and future practice in the care of people with intellectual disability and mental health issues.
2. Critique the essential nursing and/ or health care priorities required in the care of people with intellectual disability and mental health issues
3. Appraise the value of therapeutic interventions and relationships with people intellectual disability and mental health issues
4. Critcally review and debate the psycho pharmacological interventions used in practice
5. Explore the complexity of working with individuals who have intellectual disability and mental health issues
6. Examine strategies for building community support networks for people with intellectual disability and mental health issues

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Assessment Feedback1No Description
Independent Study1No Description
Online activity25Time spent researching and working towards work generated by on-line weeks
Tutorial10Lecturer and student led
Clinical placement24Specialist placement
Assessment Feedback1No Description
Independent Study154No Description
Lecture21No Description
Online activity15On-line
Total Workload: 252

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Advancing Practice
Examine current and future practice in the care of people with intellectual disability and mental health issues.

Therapeutic interventions
Overview of therapeutic interventions

Therapeutic interventions and people with intellectual disability
Multi modal therapeutic interventions and Positive Systems Approaches, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive behaviour therapy,

Role of the Nurse / Heath Care Practitioner
Nursing/ caring priorities, specialist roles.

Pharmacological interventions used in practice
Review and debate areas such as audit, advocacy and the nurses / health care practitioner role

Complexity of supporting people with intellectual disability and mental health issues
Collaborative treatment approaches to prevention, early detection, crisis management and specialised long term supports

Community supports and quality of life
Role of the nurse in developing community and family supports and improving quality of life.

Impact and importance of research and evidence based interventions.

Alternative and augmentative communication and communication strategies

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Nirbhay N. Singh: 2016, Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Springer,
  • [editors,] Geraldine Holt, Steve Hardy and Nick Bouras.: 0, Mental health in intellectual disabilities, London; Pavilion, 1908066229
  • Taylor, John L: 2013, Psychological therapies for adults with intellectual disabilities, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell,
  • Jukes, Mark: 2013, Practice leadership in mental health and intellectual disability nursing, Quay Books, London,
  • Taggart, L. and Cousins, W.: 2014, Health Promotion For People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities, Open University Press,
  • Raghu Raghavan, Pradip Patel: 0, Learning Disabilities And Mental Health, Blackwell Publishing Professional, 1405106158
  • Emerson, E. and Hatton, C.: 2013, Health Inequalities and People with Intellectual Disabilities, Cambridge University Press,
  • Philip W. Davidson, Vee P. Prasher, Matthew P. Janicki: 0, Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities and the Ageing Process, Blackwell Publishers, 1405101644
  • Bob Gates (Editor), Owen Barr (Editor): 0, Oxford Handbook of Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing, Oxford University Press, USA, 0199533229
  • [edited by] Steven Reiss and Michael G. Aman: 0, Psychotropic medications and developmental disabilities, Ohio State University Nisonger Center ; c1998., [Columbus, Ohio], 0965896609
Other Resources

62001, Journal, 0, Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 62002, Journal, 0, Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, 62003, Journal, 0, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 62004, Quick Reference Guide, 2006, Using medication to manage behaviour problems among adults with a learning disability, http://thenadd.org/wp-content/uploads/DATABID%20QRG%20final%20version%2015.01.2007.pdf,
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Date of Last Revision01-FEB-10

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