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Mindfulness 8-Week Course

To apply:

Please email David Shannon at dshannon@olh.ie      Places will be allocated following completion of an application form and brief pre-course interview to ensure that this is the right time to undertake mindfulness training.


Closing date for receipt of applications:  Friday 26th January 2018.


The course will be subject to audit and so will require completion of a pre and post stress measures and a course feedback form. You have the right to attend and not participate in the audit.

By | January 11th, 2018|Categories: Course, Spirituality|0 Comments

Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference 2018

Michael Kearney MD, has been working in palliative care and hospice for over thirty years.  He is currently practicing in Santa Barbara, California.  His new book, “The Nest in the Stream: Lessons from Nature on Being with Pain,”  will be available in February 2018.

About Michael

Michael is a physician specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, with over 35 years experience.  He trained and worked at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, and subsequently worked for many years as medical director of Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, Ireland.  He later worked with Professor Balfour Mount at McGill University in Montreal, where together they introduced a program of healing (as whole person care) into the undergraduate medical curriculum, and as medical director of The Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death in Bend, Oregon. He is a founding partner of Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara and works as medical director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and with the Community Palliative Care Program. He also works as associate medical director of Serenity House with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.


Radhule Weininger PhD, MD, is a clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology.

Her book, “Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion,” was published by Shambala publications in July 2017.

About Radhule

In 1981, taking a much-needed break from medical school, I went to live in India and subsequently Sri Lanka. I stayed for about a year, living in a monastery. Having no previous knowledge of meditation and its inherent gifts, that journey is where I began my own path of meditation practice and study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology. I’ve continued my practice, traveling our world extensively, and maintain a practice as a psychologist/psychotherapist integrating Western and Buddhist psychology.

For many years now, Jack Kornfield has been my mentor. I have been enriched by my studies with him, as he is an immensely skillful teacher, but because he is also a psychologist, has an astute understanding of the predicament of human emotions, entrapments of the mind, and how to relieve psychological as well as spiritual suffering. From him, I have learned the importance of kindness, compassion for oneself and for others.


Praise for the speakers

“There is no healing without heartwork, intimately tending to the wounds we’ve been avoiding for so long. In this powerful and beautiful book, Radhule Weininger will help you find the courage, pathways, and clarity needed to embrace this life with love.”

Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my day. I found the speakers touched the core of where I was at, in particular Michael Kearney”

Moving Points Attendee 2017

“Really enjoyed the day. Lots of information and feel I will be processing it for some time. Speakers came across experiential, knowledgeable and practical. Impressed.”

Moving Points Conference Attendee 2017

“Kearney’s work is deep, thorough, risky, elegant and poetic. He is an exemplar for all those who come to realize that self-healing is a necessary condition for helping others to be healed. It is a win-win bargain.”

Edward Bastian, PhD, Director Spiritual Paths Foundation

By | December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Course, Rheumatology|0 Comments

Certificate in Palliative Care (January)


  • Discuss the philosophy and principles of palliative care
  • Respond appropriately to the needs of the person who is confused in the last days of life.
  • Work effectively and with great sensitivity in relation to the dying person and their significant others in a palliative care setting.
  • Use the range of skills required from a palliative support worker in relation to end of life care.


Enter your details below to find out more or get registered for the event:

By | October 20th, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Sacred Art of Living & Dying: Healing Spiritual Pain 2018

Personal and / or Professional Spiritual Development

Healing Spiritual Pain is one of the four units of The Sacred Art of Living and Dying. This world renowned programme has been running at Our Lady’s Hospice since 2008 and consists of four stand-alone units.

Each unit comprises of a two-day workshop followed by five small study group sessions, called Circles of Trust.  These two-hour monthly meetings are held in various locations around Ireland and designed to maximize integration of learning into daily practice.  Programmes are a creative blend of instruction, hands-on experience, multimedia presentation, personal reflection and creative rituals from the world’s great wisdom traditions.

The programme will enable participants to:

  • Explore the nature and inter-relationship of human health and suffering and the universal aspects of meaning, forgiveness, hope & relationship.
  • Live with enhanced purpose and meaning through all the stages and transitions of living and dying and accompany others to do so.
  • Connect or reconnect the ‘soul and role’ in their lives.

Various Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation

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By | October 20th, 2017|Categories: Course, Spirituality|0 Comments

Health Care Assistant Training Course 2018-19

Our course begins with a 4 day ‘block week. Then the programme runs just one day a week – almost every Thursday until March. There are also practical work days that must be completed in a clinical environment. These can be done on the wards of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.

When you study as part of our QQI Healthcare assistant class, you will receive:

  • All 8 modules with expert staff and teachers of Our Lady’s Hospice. For details click here.
  • Guaranteed work placement on the wards of Our Lady’s Hospice
  • All required training for work placements; manual handling etc
  • Access to state of the art learning centre; full library, WiFi, printing, study room.
  • Free parking and on-site restaurant

By | April 4th, 2017|Categories: Course, Gerontology, Palliative|0 Comments

Self Care & Compassion in Healthcare

Interactive skills workshops will be facilitated in morning and afternoon by senior staff of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services including Dr Joan Cunningham, Medical Director and Ms Geraldine Tracey, Manager Blackrock Hospice (Schwartz Rounds), Dr Ursula Bates, Head of Psychology (Mindfulness) and by Ms Karen Brennan, founder of Self Care for Carers whose organisation has been leading in the provision of healthy caregiving strategies to OLH&CS (and many other health care organisations) for over 5 years.

  1. Schwartz Rounds – Dr Joan Cunningham and Ms Ger Treacy
  2. Mindfulness for Healthcare Professionals – Dr Ursula Bates
  3. The Self Care Imperative – Ms Karen Brennan, Self Care for Carers

Click here for full details of each workshop

The day will open with an introduction from our CEO, Ms Audrey Houlihan. Following the lectures and workshops there will be a panel discussion where our speakers will be joined by Ms Juanita Guidera from the HSE and Ms Mary Kirwan, Head of Human Resources in OLH&CS.  In their individual way they will address how practices and techniques explored can be encouraged and promoted within and across health care organisations. The day will close with an address from Ms Patricia Hallahan, Director of Education, Research and Training, OLH&CS.

A full programme for the day can be found below.

Self Care and Compassion Programme. 

Seeking CPD points from relevant bodies

SELF CARE & COMPASSION IN HEALTHCARE Tue 25 APRIL from Education & Research on Vimeo.

For full information on each module complete the details here.

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds

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Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds

Who Can Attend?
Postgraduate physicians.
Professionals from other healthcare disciplines are welcome to attend; this does not include members of the general public.

Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds is a weekly postgraduate physician education meeting. It is held on Friday at 8am in the Lecture Theatre of the Education & Research Centre.

Click here for videos of previous Grand Rounds talks and more

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Graduate Diploma/Certificate/Masters in Palliative Care (with UCD)

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments

Medicines Management in Palliative Care 2018

The course is delivered using  7 online learning training modules followed by an interactive education day, delivered by a multidisciplinary team. Participants will have opportunities to apply learning through the use of case studies, problem solving activities and reflective practice.

Course Objectives

  • Gain up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge of how and why medicines are used in pain and symptom management in palliative care.
  • Understand the practical use and indications for a syringe pump in palliative care.
  • Enhance communication skills with patients and colleagues to promote optimum pharmaceutical care of patients at end of life.

Who should attend?

Community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, residential care pharmacists and other health care professionals with a particular interest in medicines in palliative care.

For full information on each module complete the details here.

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Course, Palliative|0 Comments