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The ‘Carpe Diem’ Programme A Pathway to Wellbeing for Teachers

‘Carpe Diem’ is a new programme designed by a Teacher and Counselling Psychologist, Shane Moran, CMETB. It is designed to provide a pro-active wellbeing programme for teachers who wish to try new initiatives around developing wellbeing that will both benefit their own mental health and that of students in their care.

This programme has adopted the format from within the well-established framework of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, (Linehan, 1993). It is designed primarily to introduce new skills and tools for teachers who wish to develop healthy resilience and wellbeing in their lives. Secondarily, it can provide a programme for teachers that can be used with individual students or small groups of students that have behavioural and emotional challenges in their own lives.

Dates: Tuesdays, February 26th, March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th and April 2nd 2019 (6 x 1hr sessions)

Time: 7.30 – 8.30 pm

Venue: Monaghan Education Centre

Facilitator: Shane Moran

This format of the programme is broken down into four categories.


D: Distress Tolerance

I: Interpersonal effectiveness

E: Emotional Regulation

M: Mindfulness

This is a new and exciting pilot project that if successful could be rolled out nationwide. Its development will be initially in two parts. The first part will be a six-week introduction programme of one-hour duration. This will introduce the programme in an experiential way and will encourage the participants to learn and adopt the key skills into their own lives. This will encourage personal ownership of the key skills, which in turn will develop and encourage the practitioners own resilience and personal wellbeing.

The second part of the programme will then take the same group, and teach the programme so that it could be run by the teachers within a school setting, targeting particular students that need a different type of support.

Information on the Programme Facilitator

Shane Moran is a school chaplain, teacher, and counselling psychologist working in Cavan Monaghan ETB. He has over twenty-two years teaching experience and has been practicing as a counselling psychologist for over ten years. He has a small private practice in counselling in Monaghan where he works as an integrative therapist with individuals and couples.

Shane has immense experience working within schools dealing with traumatic events, he is the author of the book ‘The Clouds that Surround a School’ which is a practical aid for teachers and management when dealing with the trauma of a critical incident in school. His expertise is utilised by both CMETB and LMETB when a school experiences a traumatic event.

His final thesis which informs his work in ‘wellbeing’ was based on developing a Dialectical Behavioural Programme designed for adolescents with a variety of behavioural problems. It is a unique programme that is still used by many psychologists today in Ireland and the UK. From this knowledge and his work with groups, he developed a unique programme that not only will address the wellbeing needs of the teacher but will provide the foundation for teachers to incorporate this programme within their own schools with students that have challenging behaviours.

What is Dialectical Behavioural Therapy?

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy developed by Marsha Linehan (1993) is a unique treatment for individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and those with a history of self-harm and suicidal attempts. DBT works to develop the required skills necessary to make life worth living. The theoretical underpinnings of DBT incorporate several treatment principals from behaviour principles, dialectical theory, and Zen practice. Behaviour therapy is based on that principle that maladaptive behaviours are learned either by observation, operant conditioning or classical conditioning. These treatments which includes elements of CBT, focused on helping individuals change their feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. Of primary importance it was realised that the focus on ‘change’ is not enough, there needed to be a balance between ‘acceptance and change’ and the ability for the client to hold on to both. This dialectical challenge underpins the therapy and skills modules of DBT. There are four main skills areas that need to be learned, the first, is emotional regulation, the second, is interpersonal effectiveness, the third, is distress tolerance and fourth, is mindfulness. In learning these skills, the practitioners will learn also about the concept of following and navigating the philosophy of the ‘middle path’.

Shane Moran

B.A. (Hons) Theol., B.Sc. (Hons). M.Sc. (Counsl.Psych)

Course Details

Course Date 26-02-2019 7:30 pm
Course End Date 02-04-2019 8:30 pm
Registration Start Date 22-01-2019
Capacity 25
Available place 7
Cut off date 02-04-2019 7:30 pm
Individual Price Free
Speaker Shane Moran
Number Hours 6
Location Monaghan Education Centre

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