In spite of the current pandemic of Coronavirus, the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine is happy to report that we are continuing to provide teaching to the students on our Acupuncture and TCM programmes.
Of course, Covid-19 has meant that we have to do some things differently. So, during the last year most of the Acupuncture training programme has been taught via video conferencing.
In Summer 2020, (when infection rates were low and there was no lockdown) second year students met their Clinical Supervisor, in college, to practise some of the essential clinical skills that are required in the Teaching Clinic. This Teaching Clinic, which relates to the development and refining of Clinical skills, requires face-to-face supervision in College and will commence as soon as it is safe, and permitted, to do so.
Our new intact of students on the Professional Acupuncture Training programme, who started in October 2021 are successfully undertaking their first year via Zoom.
Medical Qigong programmes also recommenced, via Zoom, in early 2021.
Having run the teaching sessions for our current students via video conferencing so smoothly and successfully, we intend to teach much of the theoretical content of the Acupuncture Training programme, the Licentiate in TCM, in this way from now on, thus reducing the number of weekends in which students will need to travel to the College in Dublin 3.
However, all practical and clinical aspects of the programme require hands-on, face-to-face practical skill development and need to be taught in the College in Dublin. For our current students, this will be provided via intensive weekend workshops during Summer 2021, (or as soon as it is safe to do so.)
For students who start with us in October 2021 a certain proportion of weekends will be allocated to face-to-face practical skills teaching in the College.
All the staff at the ICTCM are very happy to welcome in the 2021 New Year. We send good wishes for a healthy year ahead to all our students, friends and colleagues. The College Directors thank all the staff and students for their optimistic, practical and flexible approach to the educational changes that they are experiencing due to Coronavirus.
A brief update on changes to our Acupuncture Training teaching and learning protocols is provided here.
Due to Coronavirus, our first and second year students are currently studying with us via Zoom. All aspects of the curriculum are being provided in the normal way – just “at a distance.” Examinations and assessment procedures have been altered to fit the new ways of teaching and learning.
The practical clinical training for the Third Year students has had to be deferred until we can meet clients face to face in the Teaching Clinic. These students have now nearly completed all the theoretical aspects of the Clinical year, including project work, and are attending, by invitation, some additional teaching sessions to keep themselves up to date with all the theory and point location work. The practical Teaching Clinic will only start when it is safe to do so.
Additionally, our Qigong teachers are currently designing Zoom-based training in Health Promoting Qigong for the Spring.
As our Acupuncture TCM training programme begins on 10th October, it is now too late to apply for a place on the 2020 programme.
We will start accepting applications for our 2021 intake in early 2021.
The details of the Professional Acupuncture TCM training provided on the site are up to date. We are not expecting to change the syllabus, teaching methods or assessments for the 2021 course. The fees for next year will be confirmed later.
As the Covid-19 situation is still with us, we will be keeping current and future students up-to-date with our Covid- specific heath and safety procedures, from time to time.
Here at the ICTCM in Dublin 3, we thought you would be interested in our recent Coronavirus update about our TCM Acupuncture Training programme.
We are looking forward to seeing our new first year students on the weekend of 10th and 11th October for the start of the new Lic.TCM group. A few places are still available for this programme and we are still accepting applications and arranging Zoom interview for suitable candidates.
I wanted to let you know about the location of the teaching sessions in 2020. As some of our staff and students normally travel to the college in Dublin by air, and the quarantining regulations are changing day by day in some parts of Europe, we have decided that the first few sessions of this academic year will be held as Zoom meetings.
As the winter progresses, and we see how well the Covid-19 situation is under control, we will review this. We are also arranging to be able to have mixed groups of distanced learning students and face-to-face taught students. So, when the situation is right and it is safe to do so, we will introduce some face to face teaching sessions in the College and, if a student or member of staff is not able to attend college due to quarantine restrictions, there will be a facility available to enable that/those students to join the group via Zoom.
When we do resume some face-to-face teaching, the College is very suitable to ensure social distancing can be maintained. We have 2 large classrooms and can easily arrange a one way system and good cleaning protocols around the college areas. We have small groups and each student will have his/her own desk at a good distance from other students.
Having run last year’s first and second year groups from March to July 2020 via Zoom we are all used to this method of teaching at a distance, and it has worked well. So, no matter whether we are meeting in College of via Zoom we are sure our students’ learning experience will be productive and enjoyable.
In spite of the current pandemic of Coronavirus, the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine are happy to report that we are continuing to provide teaching to the students on our Acupuncture and TCM programmes.
Of course, Covid-19 has meant that we have to do some things differently.
For more than 35 years we have run our successful 3 year part time Professional Acupuncture TCM Training face-to-face. So, it has been an interesting challenge to enable our current students to continue uninterrupted with their studies during these difficult times of social distancing. We have introduced much more online and video conferencing learning. And our staff and students have risen to the challenge.
Since the 2020 intake began in early October, the Teaching weekends have all been via Zoom. Regarding later in 2021, much will obviously depend on whether the spread of the Coronavirus is under control and whether it is allowed to meet in groups. When it is safe, the students will meet face-to-face with staff for practical training in the College in Dublin.
Given the success of our current teaching methods, once the pandemic is over, we will introduce more Distanced Learning sessions into our normal teaching schedule. This will mean that students, who normally come into the college for 2 full days every 4 weeks (approximately), will not have to come to Dublin in person so often.
Information about this will be updated at interview for applicants for October 2021.