Diploma in Mindfulness and Well-Being


Course: Diploma in Mindfulness and Well-Being

Start date: Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, 1 evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more classroom-based courses with the School of Psychology can do so for a fee of €895 per course.


Awarding body:  The Institute of Commercial Management (ICM)

CPD Credits: This event has been approved for 9 CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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The Diploma in Mindfulness and Wellbeing Studies at City Colleges is offered as both a theoretical and practical introduction to Mindfulness and Wellbeing practice and to the rapidly growing field of Wellbeing and Mindfulness-based approaches used in healthcare, science and in wider society.

The term Mindfulness relates to a variety of meditative practices involving the deliberate focus of our attention, non-judgmentally, in the present moment as well as to the quality of the awareness that is cultivated in this way.

Wellbeing refers to how we maintain our physical and mental health in the world and how these two aspects interact.

When Mindful awareness is brought to a stressful experience, it allows the possibility of setting aside habitual reactive tendencies, and instead responding to the challenging experience with more clarity and ease. The practice of Mindfulness can also bring an increased awareness of the joyful moments of our lives, moments that we often miss when we are lost in thoughts about the past or the future.

Studies have shown that committed participation in a Mindfulness programme can result in lasting positive effects on health and wellbeing. The Wellbeing practices shared on the programme are also supported by research.

Mindfulness practice is by nature experimental and so this programme includes a significant element of practical class and home-based exercises. The City Colleges Diploma will also incorporate essential elements of Minfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), as devised by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Each three-hour course session will be divided into two components:

1 ) A presentation on topics related to Mindfulness and Wellbeing for one to one and a half hour’s duration and

2 ) Practice elements of the MBSR programme, delivered over the ten-week duration of the course

These classes include experiential exercises, group dialogue and reflection.

Whilst our coverage of relevant theory is important, regular Mindfulness and Wellbeing practice is key to developing a personal insight and benefits associated with Mindfulness and Wellbeing practices. It’s strongly recommended that you can devote 45 minutes a day to the guided formal meditation practice.

This course is offered from our Dublin City Centre location (South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2).


  • The theoretical aspects covered in the City Colleges Diploma in Mindfulness Studies will include:
    • The history of contemplative traditions and Buddhist psychology and the development of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
    • Introduction to Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and Wellbeing: history and key concepts.
    • Thoughts and mental health. Hope and its implications for Wellbeing.
    • Forgiveness, kindness, and compassion: research findings.
    • Mindfulness and meditation: introduction and mindfulness of breathing.
    • Mindfulness and meditation: body scans and gentle yoga.
    • Our relationship with our bodies: developing awareness of body, breath and thoughts.
    • Positive Psychology and research on mental health through exercise.
    • Diet: the microbiome and emerging research into Wellbeing and diet.
    • Resilience and Wellbeing: research and practices.
    • Transitions across the lifespan: origins, turning points, and destinations.
    • Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

  • The Mindfulness Studies Diploma will be awarded on the basis of a submitted portfolio which will include a practice journal, a reflective essay on how your experience and understanding of mindfulness has developed over the course, and a short paper on an aspect of mindfulness-based approaches that you have researched.

    Participants should be aware that the City Colleges Diploma in Mindfulness Studies does not qualify one to teach Mindfulness-Based Approaches. Information on further training can be provided.


    Finian Fallon PhotoDr. Finian Fallon holds a Doctorate in Psychotherapy from DCU. In addition to providing a range of counselling services, his past work experience includes providing therapy for clients with PTSD, survivors of childhood abuse and survivors of torture.

    He has a number of published academic works to his credit, including presenting at the BACP research conference. He is interested in developing research that provides practical clinical benefits, to bring together the science and art of psychotherapy.


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    For more information please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034 or email info@citycolleges.ie