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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module will develop personal practice in Mindfulness and Compassion and equip professionals with tools to integrate Mindfulness and Compassion into their professional practice

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop personal practices in Mindfulness and Compassion
2. Demonstrate an awareness of the range of supports and tools that are utilised in Mindfulness and Compassion practices
3. Develop the capacity for reflective inquiry with self and those people you engage with in professional practice
4. Discuss and demonstrate the relevancy of integrating Mindfulness and Compassion into professional contexts
5. Develop requisite knowledge and skills to guide short meditative practices
6. Critically appraise the influence of Mindfulness and Compassion on professional relationships

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36In class lectures and tutorials
Online activity52Online tutorials Partner practice Personal reading
Professional Practice100Personal practice and journaling
Assessment Feedback12Practice Supervision
Independent Study50Research and assignment preparation
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

1. History and Context of Mindfulness focused practices
Examination of the origins of secular mindfulness trainings, as well as where they reside within religious contexts • Definitions and key terms – mindfulness, secular, compassion, religious • The emergence of Mindfulness Based Interventions (MBI’s) • The Mindful Revolution – multiple contexts and applications • The ethics of mindfulness - group norms and ground-rules • Practices 1 – intention and motivation, recognising the unsettled mind, settling the mind

2. Reflective Inquiry
Exploration on the relevancy and need for reflection, modes of inquiry, experiential learning through group practice • The role of inquiry within mindfulness interventions • Introducing reflection into practices • The role of journaling about practices • The course assignment – success criteria and requirements • Practices 2 – body-scan

3. Tools for Implementation
Engagement and development of experiential knowledge of meditation practices, such as sitting practice with supports of breath and sound, body-scan, self-compassion practices and compassion practices. • Beginning to look at the research evidence for mindfulness in multiple settings • Critiques of mindfulness • From kindness to compassion • Practices 3 – memories of kindness

4. The Claims for the impact of Mindfulness
Building a review of literature on mindfulness research, looking at areas of application pertinent to the students • Types of research – qualitative and/or quantitative. Self-report scales or first-person phenomenology? • Panacea or fad? • Practices 4 – settling, grounding, resting with sound support; three-minute breathing space

5. Compassion
Definitions, rationales, practices and applications • Evolutionary psychology and compassion • The importance of acceptance • The need for compassion • Practices 5 – loving kindness for self and other, self-compassion break

6. Professional Context & Exploration
Use of research to generate professional knowledge and enhance understanding and practice and its application in the workplace • Wellbeing and mental health research • Mindfulness in the workplace • Assignment preparation • Practices 6 – Observer undercurrent

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
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