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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

The course contributes to develop the student's clinical competence to improve her/his knowledge about and capacity to act in the context of mental health care.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to:
Theoretical competence:
Knows the structure of psychiatric health care system

Has knowledge about mental health and disturbances in mental health

Competence to act in practical situations:

Understands the special aspects of the processes in mental health care and has capacity to apply this

Is able to identify, meet and take care of patients suffering from different kind of mental problems and illnesses

Can participate in planning, realizing and evaluation of patient care, furthermore has capacity to create an individual plan for patient care

Understands the meaning of caring relationship, furthermore has capacity to use the self to promote patient's mental health

Ethical competence:
Can apply ethical principles in psychiatric context

Is aware about own capacities and limits, furthermore can use counseling as a professional tool for self development

Understands variations in the phenomena of closeness and distance in psychiatric care

Learning outcome for pedagogics:
Shows capacity to apply knowledge in pedagogics by planning, realizing and evaluation a teaching session for patients and personal

Course contents

-practical studies in mental health care hospitals

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Theoretical studies in psychiatric care, furthermore theoretical and practical studies from study year 1 and 2.

Study activities

  • Individual- and group instruction - 5 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours
  • Practical training - 245 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 280 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 280 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the practical studies and reports.


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Savolainen Jari

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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