Professional studies

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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
-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
-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

Course contents

-practical studies in mental health care hospitals

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Theoretical studies in psychiatric care.

Recommended or required reading

Punkanen T. 2004 Mielenterveystyö ammattina.
Tampere. Tammi (KAP. 6)
Crafoord C. 2005 Människan är en berättelse.
Falun. Natur och kultur
Sarvimäki.A och Stenbock-Hult.B. 2008
Omvårdnadens etik. Sjuksköterskan och det
moraliska rummet. Stockholm. Liber.

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

Demonstrations and proficiency exams


Savolainen Jari


Savolainen Jari

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations

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