PHTY20260 Mindfulness for Health

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces students to the concept and practice of mindfulness in the context of personal and professional care. Students will understand the evidence for mindfulness based interventions in the reduction of stress and burnout. Students will understand the processes underpinning the stress response and the benefits of mindfulness based stress reduction techniques to manage reactivity and foster resilience. This module utilizes a variety of teaching and learning strategies including small group teaching, discussion groups and practical sessions which have a strong focus on experiential learning. Students will learn a variety of mindfulness practices including breath awareness, body scan, mindful movement and guided imagery. Students will be guided in the cultivation and establishment of a personal mindfulness practice.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Understand the concepts of professional burnout and reactivity
2. Understand the evidence base for mindfulness based stress reduction techniques for professional, student, general and clinical populations
3. Demonstrate an awareness of the effects of mindfulness for stress management and self- regulation
4. Develop self-care and personal wellness strategies
5. Learn to develop emotional equilibrium and attentive presence during stressful situations
6. Cultivate mindfulness to facilitate care of self
7. Engage in reflection to develop a personal and work related mindfulness practice

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Experiential learning; peer and group discussion, reflective learning, didactic teaching, guided and home practice of mindfulness exercises. Small group reflections and discussions will facilitate students experiential learning of mindfulness-based teaching and learning. Students will engage in a structured daily mindfulness practice for the duration of the module which requires a time commitment.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
Please note that students are required to complete a short pre-course information form upon registration to this module. Mindfulness may not be helpful or suitable for everyone and in some circumstances we may discuss alternative options with you.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: Participant and engagement in in-class mindfulness practices. Contributions to peer and group discussions. Throughout the Trimester n/a Other No


Assignment: In course written reflective assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Ms Aoife Fitzgerald Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Colette Kealy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 13:00 - 14:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 23, 33 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 32 Wed 11:00 - 12:50
Small Group Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50