Developing Self as a Healthcare Practitioner

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Developing Self as a Healthcare Practitioner

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Health Science, Nursing

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Aim

    This summer school interweaves a Celtic spiritual dimension to healthcare exploring the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual elements in developing personal and professional practice. Developing emotional intelligence offers a foundation towards transforming self and caring practice. Engaging in visits to practice areas aims to inform understanding of the potential application of this approach in developing self in practice.


    Context to Celtic spirituality; beliefs and values underpinning contemporary health care delivery; human inquiry and flourishing; reflective practice; developing and leading the self; sources of evidence and knowledge informing caring practice; complementary therapies; caring practice; emotional intelligence; mindfulness as a continuum; consciousness raising; promoting wellbeing; a journey towards enlightenment and empowerment, sense making in relation to practice visits.

    Learning Experience 

    The summer school aims to foster an engaged, connected learning environment in the spirit of creativity, dialogue and diversity through a variety of learning and teaching strategies. It provides opportunities for students to draw upon individual experiences using collaborative approaches interweaving theory and practice throughout. Interactive learning environments will foster learning through dialogue, reflection, practice visits and excursions exploring cultural heritage. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

    • Describe Celtic spirituality as an influence in promoting well being.
    • Clarify personal beliefs and values as a foundation for developing self and practice.
    • Identify insights through reflection in a journey towards personal and professional development.

    Affective (Attitudes and Values)

    • Recognise the value of a Celtic spiritual dimension towards developing self and practice.
    • Appreciate the potential of holistic therapies in practice.


    Prime Text/s

     Cobb, M., Puchlaski, M.C., Rumbold B. (2014) Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare , Oxford University Press. Johns, C. (2017) Becoming a Reflective Practitioner 5th Ed. , Wiley Blackwell. Koenig, H. (2013) ) Spirituality in Patient Care: Why, How, When, and What. , Templeton Foundation Press. O’ Donohue, J. (1997) Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom. , Harper Collins Publishers. Rolfe, G., Jasper, M., Freshwater, D. (2011) Critical Reflection in Practice Generating Knowledge for Care. , Palgrave MacMillan Williams, M., Penman, D. (2011) Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. , Piatkus.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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