PSYC06014 2016 Personal Development A: Mindfulness and Self Awareness

General Details

Full Title
Personal Development A: Mindfulness and Self Awareness
Transcript Title
PDA: Mindfulness & Self
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla Walsh, Tamsin Cavaliero, Anna Fewer-Hamilton
Programme Membership
SG_PCOUN_E06 201600 Certificate in Counselling SG_PCOUN_S06 201600 Certificate in Counselling

This module will provide learners with a variety of experiential personal development workshops designed to promote self awareness appropriate to foundation level counselling and helping roles. A specific feature of the module will be an introductory training in mindfulness.Learners also complete a minimum of six personal therapy sessions externally, with an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist, as a form of structured personal development work to support their learning in this module.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate capacity for self reflection through engagement with personal therapy.


Record their engagement with structured personal development activities ie workshops.


Evaluate their experience of structured personal development activities ie workshops.


Describe and discuss their experience of mindfulness practice.


Identify areas for future personal development.


Design and describe a mindfulness activity appropriate for use in a personal or work related context.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Learners will be facilitated and supported in the development of mindful practice through experiential sessions. A variety of experiential methods will be used throughout a series of themed personal development workshops.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment includes completion of portfolio entries following each workshop, a record of reflection, and a mindfulness practice based assignment.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment procedures will adhere to IT Sligo policies and procedures and will be discussed and decided at Examination Boards.

Indicative Syllabus

Mindfulness training: principles and practices

The nature of stress: physiological, emotional, cognitive and behavioural, development of mindfulness meditation practices eg being present, body scan, mindful breath, sitting meditation, and walking meditation, mindful practice in the group setting, developing and integrating mindful practice into one’s life, challenges to mindful practice.


Experiential personal development workshops:

Workshops on different themes related to personal development and issues related to the role of helper. May include topics such as; assertiveness, co-dependency, creative practice, group/ team building, personality types, positive thinking, self esteem, stress management &c.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Experiential Workshop 5 Fortnightly 2.50
Tutorial Online Online Support 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-05-01 Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World [With CD (Audio)] Piatkus Books
ISBN 074995308X ISBN-13 9780749953089

THE LIFE-CHANGING BESTSELLER. MINDFULNESS reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break the cycle of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion and promote genuine joie de vivre. It's the kind of happiness that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage. The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and it is recommended by the UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence - in other words, it works. More importantly it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world. MINDFULNESS focuses on promoting joy and peace rather than banishing unhappiness. It's precisely focused to help ordinary people boost their happiness and confidence levels whilst also reducing anxiety, stress and irritability.

Recommended Reading
2005-03-01 Wherever You Go, There You Are Piatkus Books
ISBN 0749925485 ISBN-13 9780749925482

Mindfulness is considered the heart of Buddhist meditation. But its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to everyone. In Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn maps out a simple path for cultivating mindfulness in our lives, and awakening us to the unique beauty and possibilities of each present moment. Since its first publication in 1994 (as Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners), this book has changed lived across the globe. This tenth anniversary edition of the original classic text, featuring a new afterword by the author, brings this wonderful book with an even larger audience.

Recommended Reading
2005-09-01 Guided Mindfulness Meditation: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Jon Kabat-Zinn Sounds True
ISBN 1591793599 ISBN-13 9781591793595

Perhaps no other person has done more to bring mindfulness meditation into the contemporary landscape of America than Jon Kabat-Zinn. Through a number of research studies, and through Kabat-Zinn's pioneering work at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he is founder of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic, mindfulness is finally being recognized as a highly effective tool for dealing with stress, chronic pain, and other illnesses.

Now with this four-part home training course, Jon Kabat-Zinn offers listeners the definitive mindfulness meditation practice on CD. We are not trying to actively achieve a state of deep relaxationor any other state for that matterwhile practicing mindfulness, he teaches. But interestingly, by opening to an awareness of how things actually are in the present moment, we often taste very deep states of relaxation and well-being of both body and mind.

Join the bestselling author of Coming to Our Senses (Hyperion, 2005) and Wherever You Go, There You Are (Hyperion 1995) to develop and deepen your personal mindfulness practice, and to taste the universal aspects of stillness, clarity, wisdom, compassion, and well-being that Guided Mindfulness Meditation offers.

Course objectives:

  • Utilize body and mind meditations in daily practice
  • Practice mindful yoga with clear, safe and simple instructions
  • Describe the basic state of being which is present awareness
  • Compare the results of unmoving, sitting meditation to a movement meditation such as mindful yoga

Module Resources