IICP College: Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness

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Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness

2020 Dates Released


The value of mindfulness in therapy has been espoused by such figures as Dr Tony Bates, former principal clinical psychologist at St James’s Hospital and Dr Jon Kabat Zinn, founder and director of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.

Mindfulness is increasingly recognised as a valuable intervention in counselling internationally. In the field of medicine, more Irish doctors now recommend mindfulness to patients. Millions of people around the world practice mindfulness to enhance their experience of living. Put simply, mindfulness involves continually returning your awareness to your present-moment stream of experience in a non-judgmental way. This very simple approach, though at odds with our normal way of thinking, can be very helpful to people suffering loss, anxiety, stress, depression and other aspects of the human condition

Course Content:

  • Definitions and purpose of mindfulness.
  • Exploration of the use of mindfulness with clients.
  • Exploration of the use of mindfulness in your own life.
  • Consideration of the scope and limitations of mindfulness as a therapeutic tool.
  • Opportunities to role-play in triads as therapist, client and observer using participants’ own case work.
  • Opportunities to practice mindfulness during the course days and guidelines for practice at other times.
  • An introduction to the basics of Buddhist psychology from which mindfulness emerged.
  • Understanding how Buddhist psychology ‘fits’ with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other Western approaches.

Who is this Course for?

This course is intended for therapists, mental health practitioners and for those professionals who would like to add mindfulness to the range of clinical interventions available to them. Additionally, it is ideal for those who would like to use mindfulness in their own lives. Participants will gain a rewarding life skill and a valuable tool for intervention.

Course Structure:

The core ethos of IICP is to provide a student centred, warm and supportive learning environment. The programme is highly interactive, experiential and taught through lectures, small group work and role-plays.


Padraig O’Morain
M.A. (Creative Writing), B.Sc. (Hon. Psychology), MIACP and Supervisor, MWGII, Diploma in Counselling, Graduate Member of British Psychological Society.

Padraig O’Morain is a counsellor, supervisor, trainer, writer, poet and journalist who writes and speaks on psychology and on how people can apply its lessons at work and in their personal lives. His columns on mental health issues appear in The Irish Times and the Irish Medical News. He has a master’s degree in creative writing and a degree in psychology, a Diploma in Counselling and has completed the Certification process in Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Quality Management.

2020 Intakes:

(Option 1)
Spring Course

  • Mon 24 Feb 2020
  • Mon 02 Mar 2020
  •  Mon 09 Mar 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

(Option 2)
Summer Course

  • Mon 15 June 2020
  • Mon 22 June 2020
  • Mon 29 June 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm

(Option 3)
Autumn Course

  • Thurs 05 Oct 2020
  • Thurs 12 Oct 2020
  • Thurs 19 Oct 2020

10:00am – 4:00pm


  • €295.00

For further information call IICP College on 01 4664205 or book online at www.iicp.ie/cpdcourses/mindfulness or contact:

Triona Kearns
Dean of Academic Affairs/Registrar:
086 0499154 or triona@iicp.ie

Marcella Finnerty
Chairperson and Programme Director:
086 2609989 or marcella@iicp.ie


Dublin 24

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