Mindfulness for Professionals



This three day Mindfulness training course is designed for Professionals who have an existing client base to whom they would like to offer Mindfulness as an additional therapeutic tool. To date we have trained thousands of professionals in this three day Professional Certificate in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness. These professionals include Medical Consultants, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors and others in the field of Healthcare and Mental Health. This course is also suitable for Human Resources personnel, Primary and Secondary school Teachers, School and University chaplins and School Guidance Counsellors, along with many other professions.  Many professionals use this course as part of their CPD requirements. A certificate is issued on course completion.



Course Overview

This course has been uniquely designed by Carmel Farnan who trained in Mindfulness in the USA in 1999, long before Mindfulness came to the fore in recent times. She has personally trained the Course Team at the Irish Mindfulness Academy to deliver this course. That training coupled with their own professional qualifications in Psychology, Psychotherapy and Life Coaching leave them uniquely qualified in Ireland and the UK to deliver this course to Professionals.

As Mindfulness research continues to expand into all areas of life, a two-fold need has arisen for professionals to train in Mindfulness. Firstly in terms of self-care, Mindfulness has been shown to prevent burnout and also to greatly improve the relationship between the professional and their clients. Secondly Mindfulness research has repeatedly indicated its efficacy both in clinical practice and across a broad range of settings.


The course is a unique blend of evidence-based tools and learnings from Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). However, contemporary Mindfulness research indicates that the support of tools from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology allow deeper levels of Mindfulness experiences to be obtained. This makes perfect sense as everybody alive has negative thinking styles and/or negative life experience and memories which usually hinder their attempts at practicing Mindfulness. Once the effects of these are lessened through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Positive Psychology a person's happiness and well-being is greatly increased and sustained. This then leads to a greater ability to practice Mindfulness and the results are ever-increasing. This course, with it's original design and specially trained Mindfulness teachers provides attendees with the core skills to build and establish their own in-depth Mindfulness practice and in turn offer Mindfulness as an additional therapeutic intervention to their clients.

*Please note this course does not qualify you as a Mindfulness Teacher, it is an add-on to your existing qualification*


Who is it for?

This Certificate Course 'Mindfulness for Professionals' is designed for those working in many different fields. On our testimonials page you will see that Consultant Psychiatrists, Nurses, General Practitioners, Hospice Staff, Occupational Therapists have gained great benefit on a personal and professional level from attending this course. The expansion of Mindfulness through every stream of society is evidenced by other attendees who include Primary and Secondary School Teachers and University staff from third level organisations. A large number of Counsellors and Psychotherapists also attend as well as other mental and physical health practitioners. The course is also of benefit to Human Resources personnel, Carers and Prison Staff. It is of note that many people opt to attend this course to deepen their own level of Mindfulness. For all professionals attending this course evidence of course hours will be provided for CPD purposes.



Course Content
  • The Lineage of Mindfulness - The meeting of an Eastern Spirtual Traditon with Western Science.

  • How our Mind works and the role of thought in Mindfulness.

  • Understanding the Conscious and Unconscious Mind and how they interact in enhancing Mindfulness practice.

  • How our Sensory Systems are the foundational stone of Mindfulness practice.

  • Neuroplasticity - The Brain that changes itself.

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy  - the interplay of thoughts/feelings/emotions.

  • The Autopilot of the Mind - it's advantages and disadvantages in Mindfulness.

  • Mindfulness and Flow - The Psychology of Happiness - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

  • Elements from MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) and MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) incorporating both formal and informal Mindfulness practices.

  • The use of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice.

  • Exercises from Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living.

  • A suite of Meditation practices drawn from the original MBSR program.

  • Evidence-based practices from CBT to negate the effects of faulty thinking styles at a concious level.

  • Scientifically validated techniques from Positive Psychology (the study of happiness)

  • Contemporary Neuroscience research indicating the benefits of Mindfulness.

  • Adapting Mindfulness to match the needs of unique individuals.

  • Contra-indications of particular Mindfulness in certain conditions/cohorts.

  • Current research re Mindfulness in Clinical Practice and across contexts.

  • Triad role-play to gain confidence in the delivery of Mindfulness to clients.

  • Physiological markers of The Relaxation Response.

  • Mindfulness in everyday life: How to develop and maintain an ongoing Personal and Clinical Mindfulness practice.


Attendance for full duration of all training days is necessary to qualify for the award of the 'Certificate in Mindfulness for Professionals' from the Irish Mindfulness Academy.


Dress code is informal.

Next Course Dates

Next course date: November 2020

Venue:  To be confirmed

Course Times: Day 1 & 2 10am to 5pm. Final day 10am to 4pm.


Earlybird Course Fee: €399  (Full rate €449)

* Please be aware of the Terms and Conditions when booking a course with the Irish Mindfulness Academy