UCC CPD courses

An Introduction to Clinical Pastoral Education for Healthcare Professionals

Course Fact File
Duration3 hours per week; Thursdays 18:30 - 21:30 PM
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
QualificationsCert of Attendance
FeesFee €350.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.

Thursday Evenings

Venue to be confirmed

Professional Accrediting BodyThis course has been accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (Ireland) Ltd. Category 1 Approval from Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland RCPI
Start DateSpring 2024



Course Dates: Starting Thursday 11th January 2024 for 10 consecutive weeks


The Course will be delivered in a series of 3 hour workshops and lectures and participants will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to action/reflection model of learning.
  2. What is spirituality?
  3. Personal, pastoral and professional identity
  4. Communication, listening and responding skills.
  5. Intra-personal and Inter personal skills, empathy,self care and teamwork.
  6. Introduction to grief and loss.
  7. Introduction to Reflective Practice.
  8. Scope and impact of the pastoral role including boundaries, confidentiality and privacy.
  9. Spiritual Care, what is it? Who does it? Spiritual pain; assessment and referral in clinical practice.
  10. Review of course and integrating the course components into clinical practice.

The course is aimed at all ​Healthcare professionals with direct clinical care and College Staff.

It has been accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (Ireland) Ltd.

Approved for CPD/CME by:

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland : Category 1, 30 CEUs

RCPI : 30 CPD points (live educational event).

A Certificate of Completion will be awared by UCC in conjuction with ACPE (Ireland).



'This course reconciles personal, professional and pastoral beautifully, and has shown me how it is within the human connection that mind, heart and spirit merge and fuel each other in caring for both ourselves and others'.

'I really benefited and enjoyed this course. In contrast to courses on efficiency and best clinical practice which work off the premise of a 'them and us' framework, this course was focused on 'we' and offered many moments for pause and reflection, which even now, weeks later, come into focus for attention. I also valued the insights shared with us in such an engaging and generous way'.

'Your classes served as a timely reminder of how my role in healthcare is a composite matrix  of personal awareness, pastoral sensitivity and professional skills. Each week, the concepts covered reminded me again and again of the potency of being a kind, patient, sensitive, self-aware and skilled listening ear who hears both the spoken and the unsaid'.

'I have been reminded of how our connections with each other whether patients or colleagues or anyone, if powered by an sensitive open heart, can make for helpful and healing encounters, where the personal, pastoral and professional merge seamlessly into effective caring'.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

10 weeks of lectures, 3 hours per lecture


Who Teaches this Course

Dr Daniel Nuzum,

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,

School of Medicine, UCC


No Entry Requirements 

Fees and Costs

  • €350.00 Fee


How To Apply

This course can be applied for at the following link


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