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Division of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling


We deliver distinctive programmes in both Mental Health Nursing and Counselling.  Our honours degree in Mental Health Nursing is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leads to registration as a Mental Health Nurse.  It has a strong recovery focus and provides a solid grounding in approaches to helping and supporting the person with mental health problems.

The Division of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling offers:

The Division has strong links with the NHS, voluntary and private sectors, and many of its courses include significant practice components.

We also offer both stand-alone and integrated COSCA accredited programmes in counselling skills, as well as a BACP accredited postgraduate course, which provides counsellor training.


The broad aim of our research is to explore the factors that facilitate recovery in people experiencing mental health and emotional difficulties. Current projects include:

Continuous Professional Development

Our CPD work includes a range of stand-alone modules and workshops including:

  • Recovery & Self-Management
  • Crisis intervention and resolution
  • Leadership for Health and Social Care Professionals
  • Motivational Interviewing

Open Minds CPD

Open Minds CPD is a brand new initiative from the Mental Health Nursing & Counselling team. Our workshops will help provide you with a deeper understanding in mental health; how they impact us and how we can look to tackle the challenges they bring. Our events look at a diverse range of mental health topics and will include a combination of specialist speakers and Abertay’s own mental health and counselling experts.


Headspace Newsletter logo

Headspace is the mental health newsletter powered by Abertay Universities Mental Health Team, designed for readers to learn about the latest research that the team are undertaking at the University, gain free resources and view the latest Mental Health CPD on offer from the University. Look out for the first newsletter coming soon.


The Division of Mental Health Nursing and Counselling has a designated Interpersonal Skills Training Suite consisting of four comfortably furnished meeting/therapy rooms, along with a larger group meeting room, and a comfortable central waiting room area.

The suite has been designed to simulate the professional practice environment and is used for undergraduate and post-graduate teaching in interpersonal and counselling skills. It is also used to conduct more advanced training and research in therapeutic interventions.

The suite hosts the Tayside Centre for Counselling, providing placement opportunities to our post-graduate students, volunteer opportunities for undergraduates, and a service to the local community.

The Division has a dedicated Clinical Skills Laboratory providing opportunities for student to learn and be assessed on a range of practical skills for example, life support and resuscitation, basic observations (blood pressure, temperature and pulse), the management of sensory impairments and administration of medication.