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Online Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Psychology

Specialist psychology skills to address global mental health challenges

As governments and societies become more aware of the need to expand mental health services, you can gain in-depth knowledge of the subject with this specialised short programme.

Ideal for professionals working in healthcare, a related field or anyone with a deep interest in mental health - this programme can provide you with a deep understanding of the theories and techniques used in contemporary mental health practice. The skills developed in this programme are applicable to variety of disciplines from nursing and social work through to education.

Focus on mental health for your professional development

Learning you can apply

The programme is designed to give you practical knowledge and experience to:

  • Understand how to apply a range of research methods and theories
  • Integrate ideas and findings across the different perspectives of mental health, identifying specialised psychological approaches to relevant issues
  • Identify and evaluate general patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and experience
  • Learn about emprical studies which use a variety of methods of data collection, including observation, questionnaires, interviews and field studies
  • Apply evidence-based reasoning by examining practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methods of analysis in mental health psychology
  • Identify and build awareness around the ethical concerns and challenges within the discipline by demonstrating knowledge of institutional procedures

Understand the range of treatment options for mental health problems

Build your professional knowledge

After successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:

  • Recognise specific mental health disorders, understanding their nature and appropriate treatments
  • Display practical knowledge of counselling techniques and their use in complex and varied settings
  • Understand the role therapy plays in the treatment and prevention of mental illness
  • Provide guidance to individuals about accessing information about mental health and seeking appropriate treatments
  • Use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in various non-counselling settings, tailoring assessments and therapy to individuals based on cultural context

* The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 80% of the University’s research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience as world-leading or internationally excellent

The University of Liverpool Online Programmes does not offer programmes that lead to professional licensure. Our MSc Psychology programme of study is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Some career options may require additional experience, training or other factors beyond successful completion of the above-mentioned online degree programme.

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A skills upgrade

for healthcare professionals and psychology graduates looking to expand their knowledge of a specific subject area


Build an e‑portfolio

of your work and research, to showcase your practical skills and theoretical knowledge


Study 100% online

alongside your work, completing your studies in approximately twelve months


Research excellence

Gain a postgraduate award from a university that is a leader in psychology research.*

*The 2014 Research Excellence Framework rated 80% of the University’s research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience as world-leading or internationally excellent.