AP6812: Teaching Mindfulness and Personal Practice

Credit Weighting: 15
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 and 2.
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures (online); 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops (online); 20hr(s) Other (online self-directed learning; personal mindfulnes practice; self study using dedicated learning materials; continuous reflective practice via reflective journal)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To support students to allow their teaching of mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness based cognitive therapy to come from their own personal practice of mindfulness through enquiry, reflection and new learning.
Module Content: Formal practices of mindfulness, informal practices of mindfulness, self enquiry, awareness of experiences, responding to experiences, implications for teaching MBSR / MBCT.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Practice mindfulness in a committed manner.
  • Engage with experiences whiel noticing personal feelings, sensations and emotions.
  • Connect personal practice to the teaching of MBSR / MBCT.
  • Reflect on the psychology of groups and its impact on teaching mindfulness.
  • Facilitate gruop enquiry into mindfulness practice.
  • Critically evaluate ethical issues in relation to mindfulness practice, enquiry and teaching.
  • Demonstrate a critical experiential and theoretical understanding of MBSR / MBCT.
  • Analyse and critique different theoretical reflective matrix as a foundation to enquiry practice.
Assessment: Total Marks 300: Continuous Assessment 300 marks (1 x 4,000 word mindfulness portfolio, 200 marks; Mindfulness Log, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. 50 hours of personal mindfulness practice.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% All elements of continuous assessment must be passed individually.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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