Training and Experience

Training and Experience

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Dominic Cogan

 

Educational Background

I have been involved in education as a teacher and teacher trainer in Ireland and abroad for many years. I hold a BA (Hons.) in English and Philosophy from UCC, a Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education from St Patrick’s College and a Masters in Education (with Distinction) from the University of London, Institute of Education as well as a Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Practice from the Central School of Counselling and Therapy (London).

 Professional Training and Experience

I began practicing mindfulness meditation almost fourteen years ago and have been practicing ever since. I received an 8 day residential intensive training in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction from the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice, University of Bangor in 2012 and in addition, hold a (professional 15 month) MBSR Teacher Certificate from the Institute for Mindfulness Based Approaches (2013, IMA, Germany).

I have also received certified training with the UK based Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to teach the .b mindfulness programme to adolescents, the Paws b mindfulness for children and the .b Foundations programme to teachers and those working with young people. I continue to attend professional mindfulness trainings and retreats and adhere to the Good Practice Guidelines set out by the UK and Irish Networks of Mindfulness Teachers.

To date, I have been asked to provide mindfulness training for organisations  such as Intel, Cisco Systems,Ulster Bank, Glanbia and Silver Cloud Health, in addition to working with the HSE’s GP training scheme, staff at Naas General Hospital and graduate students on the M.A in Social Care at UCC. I have also provided training for Irish Guidance Counsellors Association members, and the Religion Teachers Association of Ireland. I have designed and delivered  training to a number of Regional Education Centres across the country and continue to work with teachers and administrators at both primary and secondary level.

I currently teach MBSR courses to the general public and organise mindfulness workshops in Dublin and the surrounding counties. In addition, I offer introductory courses in mindfulness on request to community groups, businesses and public sector organisations. I am also available to facilitate retreats on spirituality and mindfulness.

I am presently completing a Diploma training in Inter-Spiritual Mindfulness Facilitation with the Beehive School in conjunction with BAPTEC. This is a Level 6 QQI Award (formerly FETAC).

Life Coaching and Soul Empowerment Coaching

I am about to  complete a Diploma training in Life Coaching and Soul Empowerment Coaching with the Beehive School in conjunction with BAPTEC. This is a Level 6 QQI Award (formerly FETAC).

Feedback from Some Recent Course Participants:

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I feel the course was an excellent training from Dominic who is very passionate about mindfulness.

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Dominic delivered the materials and teachings in a very engaging way and made us feel at ease with where we are or were as the weeks progressed.

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Loved how gentle and comforting Dominic’s voice was.

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Very engaging facilitator – honest and open.

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Dominic has a great, easy way about him. He imparted insightful knowledge and information weekly. I gained a great sense of peace and relaxation from his meditations.

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Excellent. I found the training paced well. Very well balanced. It was a great mix of content and relaxation. Handouts were very informative.

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Amazing Dominic! Thank you so much for  a wonderful 8 weeks. Very practical and powerful.

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What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness, that’s just being in the present moment, isn’t it?” That’s a comment I often hear when people discover that I teach mindfulness full-time. I usually respond to that remark by saying: “Yes, but you can leave out the word ‘just’” The reality is that there is a lot more to mindfulness than just being in the present moment.

Despite quite a bit of attention in the media in the last couple of years about this ‘new thing’ called mindfulness, it has actually been around fro at least 2,600 years. Mindfulness meditation originated in the teachings of the Buddha and for many people around the world today it is regarded as a spiritual discipline.

However, more recently it is being practiced by thousands of people worldwide to counteract stress. This is largely due to the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, an American medical scientist. Working at the University of Massachusetts Medical School since the 1970s, he developed a secular form of teaching mindfulness to patients to help them reduce their stress levels and relieve pain.

Training Experience

Called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), to date, there have been thousands of scientific studies confirming its benefits. Increasingly, people who attend courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, do so because of work stress and the hectic pace of modern living.

The emphasis in mindfulness on being in the present moment helps to reign in the mind that gets lost in worrying about the future or thinking negatively about the past. But mindfulness is not just a technique.

It involves developing a set of attitudes towards oneself and one’s experience that promotes kindness and greater acceptance. When practiced regularly, it can reduce both anxiety and depression and lead to an enhanced sense of wellbeing.

In 1979 Jon Kabat-Zinn was approached by some of his medical colleagues to see if he would be willing to offer courses in mindfulness meditation to patients. These were patients who suffered from high blood pressure, heart disease or chronic pain conditions among others. Their doctors had done all they could for them with conventional medicine but with limited results. At this time there was a growing understanding of the role stress can play in illness and these doctors could see that meditation might have potential in reducing stress levels. At the time, Jon Kabat-Zinn had been practicing meditation for several years in the Buddhist tradition. While on an intensive mindfulness retreat he got the brainwave of developing a short intensive course in mindfulness that would be secular in nature and would include all the latest insights in Western Psychology on stress reduction. And so what is now known worldwide as the 8 Wk MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) Course was born.

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