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Irish Educator Team

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Christine Longaker, International Trainer and co-founder of the Spiritual Care Programme.
Former director and staff trainer of the Hospice of Santa Cruz County in California, Christine has provided hospice training internationally since 1978. She is the author of Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying, which is translated into nine languages.



Rosamund Oliver, BA, Dip Psych, ECP, International Trainer

Rosamund Oliver qualified as registered psychotherapist and supervisor in 1996 and trained psychotherapists for five years at the Karuna Institute in Devon. As a UKCP psychotherapist and supervisor, she had a large practice for private clients in North London for many years. She also worked in psychiatric care focusing on bereavement with the elderly.

Her education work includes tutoring at St Josephs Hospice, teaching meditation and mindfulness skills, creating a prison meditation project and three years developing the first Buddhist-based psychotherapy training in South Africa.

She has done extensive training in meditation since the 1970’s with various teachers and schools.



John Douglas is a Senior Meditation Instructor and has been presenting courses and retreats on Meditation and Loving-Kindness since the mid-nineties. He is an Educator in the Spiritual Care Programme and a regular facilitator of workshops such as "Facing Loss and Healing Grief", "Courageous Journey" and "Healing Relationships" as well as professional programmes such as "Deep Listening" and "Compassion and Presence". John is also part of the care team meeting guests at Care Centre in Dzogchen Beara.



Bernie Jeffrey is an accredited member of The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy who works in private practice and with individuals and groups through the work of The Social and Health Education Project. Her background is in nursing and midwifery. She also trained in Therapeutic Massage. Shas co-facilitates Meditation courses in Cork and is an Educator in the Spiritual Care Programme. She is also a founder member of Educate Together National School in Cork.



Kathryne O'Connell (Katie) is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at St Francis Hospice Dublin, having currently taken LOA in order to complete a Ph.D. on Spirituality and Spiritual Care in Palliative Care. She is an Educator in the Spiritual Care Programme and trained holistic therapist in many complimentary modalities. She has co-facilitated seminars on spiritual care for the dying, compassion and Loving Kindness. Katie has offered lectures on many aspects of end of life care/palliative care, bereavement and loss, and healing through Buddhism, at Our Lady's Hospice, The Irish Cancer Society (ICS), The Irish Hospice Foundation and St Francis Hospice. She completed a H.Dip in Palliative Care Nursing in 2003 at UCD and an Interdisciplinary MSc. in Palliative Care in 2009 at TCD. She currently works as a Daffodil Night Nurse with the ICS, and a part-time lecturer.



Alvina Cassidy, MBSR / MBCT Teacher, Mindfulness Supervisor, Spiritual Care Educator, Cert. in Counselling (CCPE, London), Cert. in Bereavement Counselling, B.A (Hons) Soc/Psych.

From 2000 to 2011, she worked at Dzogchen Beara Meditation Centre, as National Co-ordinator of the Spiritual Care Programme. She project managed the first international conference on Compassion and Presence in Killarney in 2009 and event managed the International Forum on Buddhism and Medicine, in France in 2010. Alvina has co-presented many seminars and training on meditation and compassion for the public, for health and social care professionals and for specialised groups. She currently works as a counsellor and mindfulness teacher in The Cork Clinic with people living with chronic illness and is a volunteer at ARC Cancer Support Centre holding a weekly meditation drop in. She also runs the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) which is open to anyone. Alvina has practiced meditation for over 20 years and completed a one year meditation retreat.