Early bird discount (€50 off) available for payment of first instalment (if paid on or before August 21st 2018)
Discount (€150 off) if full fees paid by September 20th 2018 – €1,545
Our course begins with a 4 day ‘block week’. Then the programme runs just one day a week – almost every Thursday until March – this allows you to continue with work. There are also practical work days that must be completed in a clinical environment. These can be completed on the wards of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services.
When you study as part of our QQI Healthcare assistant class, we provide and assist you with everything you need to become qualified;
Please email David Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Emma Duff at email@example.com. Places will be allocated following completion of an application form and a brief conversation with David or Emma to ensure that this is the right time in your life to undertake mindfulness training.
Closing date for receipt of applications: Wednesday 5th September, 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. Participation in audit is voluntary.
Personal and / or Professional Spiritual Development
Transforming 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 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 s interactive and inspirational learning experience promotes personal and professional growth.
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.
Transforming Spiritual Pain is the fourth of four study units providing the historical and theoretical foundation for the Anamċara. Each of the study units is grounded in the contemporary health care sciences and is inspired by the great spiritual traditions and collective wisdom learned from the dying.
The meaning of life and death, compassion and caring are explored in a nurturing environment. Based on lessons that the dying teach the living, this retreat format allows for ample reflection on the meaning of end-of-life ministry. Exercises include meditation, life-priorities evaluation and self-care skills for maintaining a centered, professional presence.
What you can expect from this program:
- Study and personal experience with some of the different principles and techniques of ‘energy work’ by using bio-feedback mechanisms as a means of assisting a patient’s state of physical and emotional well-being.
- Experimentation with guided visualization formats for the ‘healing of memories.’
- Exploration of the ethical dimensions of end-of-life caregiving that impact the long-term emotional and spiritual lives of caregivers.
- Examination of the distinction between caregiver burnout and fatigue as well as other practical antidotes to stress.
- Exposure to basic theory and techniques related to Jungian dream analysis, particularly as it relates to emotional and spiritual pain at the end of life.
- Discussion of basic rights and obligations regarding body ‘aftercare,’ burial, memorial services and grief support for extended family systems.
- 5 sessions of two-hours each in a Circle of Trust, facilitated by a trained animator. These sessions are held where possible in locations suitable to participants. Participants may have to travel to Dublin or other locations depending on availability of other participants and/or animators. On line meetings may be facilitated if necessary.
Core textbooks for the programme include:
- A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer
- The American Book of Living and Dying by Richard Groves.
Readings In this 6-month unit are from:
- Being with Dying, Cultivating Compassion & Fearlessness in the Face of Death by Joan Halifax
- The Four Things That Matter most by Ira Byock.
Various Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation
Through a highly interactive programme participants will explore the nine different personality types of the Enneagram and their own personality through the fields of philosophy, psychology and spirituality.
The workshop is led by the experienced Prof. Richard Groves. Prof. Groves has been studying the Enneagram for over 20 years and has worked closely with the esteemed Richard Rohr.
Day 1: An introduction to the history, traditional and evolution of the Enneagram. Prof. Groves will introduce each of the 9 styles and offer classic examples through multi media and personal testimony.
Day 2: As the participants have a more significant understanding of the styles they begin to focus in on their own core type. Through a process of ‘panels’ and personal discovery the search become more refined.
This workshop provides an intimate and accessible introduction to the Enneagram tool.
The learning of this programme is delivered in a blended way. You will have access to 7 online training modules (available mid-September – login details will be sent to those who sign up) and these are followed by the interactive education day – Wed. Nov 14th. Participants will have opportunities to apply learning through the use of case studies, problem solving activities and reflective practice.
This education day draws experts from the staff of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services and from across the island of Ireland. Speakers include;
- Professor Brian Lawlor: Conolly Norman Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at St. James’s Hospital
- Dr. Carole Parson: Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast:
- Dr. David Robinson Consultant Physician in Geriatric & General (Internal) Medicine, St. James’s Hospital
- 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.
|Medicines Management in Palliative Care Programme|
|Welcome Address||Ms. Eimear O’Dwyer|
|Pain Management in Palliative Care: Applying Guidelines to Practice||Ms. Siún Tobin|
|The Pathophysiology of Dementia||Professor Brian Lawlor|
|Medication Burden and De-Prescribing in Dementia Patients with Palliative Care Needs||Dr. Carole Parsons|
|The Pharmacological Management of Dementia||Ms. Sharon Byrne|
|Delirium and Dementia||Dr. Roisin Purcell|
|The Social Prescription in Gerontology||Dr. David Robinson|
|Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care -Communicating with Patients and Families||Prof. Kate Irving|
|Speaker Panel Discussion||Chair: Dr. Joan Cunningham|
This short programme will prepare both new and experienced nurse managers employed in the long term care setting to fulfil their managerial role. The facilitator/s will provide participants with the knowledge necessary to achieve the skills and competencies when leading and managing a team and striving to assure quality systems in practice. Areas covered on the programme include leadership and management theories, nurse management competencies, reflection on practice through facilitated action learning sets and portfolio development and managing HR issues on the floor.
- 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.
For further information see below:
MSc Palliative Care
Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care
Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care