Master's Degree in Mental Health Nursing and Psychiatry

Mental health and related problems are one of the most sensitive areas of people's health. In fact, mental health problems constitute 13% of the global burden of diseases (WHO, 2001) and that 5 out of 10 of the causes that lead to disability are mental health problems (WHO, 2003). Considering that the scale of mental health problems of populations has a major impact on individual suffering, social exclusion phenomena and the direct or indirect costs of mental illness (WHO, 2003), the need for Nursing in this area is widely recognized either by European Union bodies (2004) or by international bodies, such as the WHO, which in 2003 proposed a curriculum for specialized training in mental health nursing, after the general education.

The definition of a competency profile of nurse specialist in Mental and Psychiatric Health Nursing is already a reality in many countries. In Portugal, the Order of Nurses carried out a study that validated a competency profile of the general care nurse. At the same time, some studies and debates about the specific competences of the mental and psychiatric health nurses were carried out, which allows to construct a theoretical reference guide for this definition.

In this context, for the profile of the specialist, graduated at the masters level, we will adopt a definition that includes the set of skills, abilities, skills, general and specialized knowledge, domain of the set of techniques and procedures in the scope of specialized nursing, evaluated in test situation or in the performance of the activities that characterize the professional exercise.

The definition of a competency profile of nurse specialist in Mental Health and Psychiatry Nursing is already a reality in many countries. In Portugal, the nurses' order carried out a study that validated a competency profile of the general care nurse. At the same time, some studies and debates about the specific competences of the mental health and psychiatric nurses are carried out, which allows to construct a theoretical reference guide for this definition.

General objectives of the study cycle

The Master Course in Mental Health Nursing and Psychiatry is a specialized training that aims to prepare nurses for the development of autonomous and interdependent activities in Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing.

In its educational component, in addition to targeting performance and professional development, it seeks to pursue the essential objectives of higher education policy by providing skills that enable lifelong learning and knowledge and understanding skills to: problems in new and / or complex situations, in broad and multidisciplinary contexts; the development of solutions and the issuing of judgments, including reflections on their ethical and social implications; and the communication of conclusions in a clear and unambiguous manner.

120 ETCS

Beginning of the course: September 2019

Duration: 4 semesters / 2 years of school

Number of Vacancies: 20

Fees:

  • Application - 50 €
  • Registration - 150 €
  • Annual Academic Fee (annual tuition) - 1500 €

Application phases

Disclosure of Results

Registration / Registration

Beginning of the course

1/3/2019 to 12/4/2019

04/26/2019

5/13/2019 to 5/17/2019

9/19/2019

4/29/2019 to 6/14/2019

6/26/2019

8/7/2019 to 7/12/2019

9/19/2019

Program taught in:
Portuguese

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Last updated March 1, 2019
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