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Continuing Professional Development

As a busy health care professional, it is important that the skills, knowledge, and experience that you gain, both formally and informally, as you work, is recorded, reviewed, and reflected upon to help you set development goals and objectives.

ICTIM works with you to build a comprehensive CPD programme through innovative programmes and the maintenance of an ePortfolio.

Continuing Professional

Membership of a professional body usually requires the completion of a continuing professional development (CPD) programme each year. An ICTIM programme may help you fulfil this requirement.

ICTIM programmes can help you to reflect, review and document your learning as well as developing and updating your professional knowledge and skills.

Anywhere, anytime

The courses are flexible, done at your own pace and time and completed online. The time needed for completion ranges from 10 minutes to one hour.

E - portfolio

An ICTIM ePortfolio of your CPD programmes can document your learning, professional knowledge and skills.


On request, ICTIM sets online exams to verify your learning which  helps you set development goals and objectives.


ICTIM has developed a series of continuing professional development seminars on an exciting range of topics covering nutrition, herbs, and traditional medicine. These courses are divided into four different divisions/categories which include; culture and health, general therapeutics, specific pathologies and traditional medical systems.
The individual talks are presented on power-point with both audio and written text for each slide. Each talk has a time to completion along with a short description of the content.

The talks are available for one year from the date of purchase. The certification lasts two years.

This series of talks is appropriate for people working in health care situations involving advice, care and treatment of patients.

Culture & Health

One of the most important aspects of continuing professional development is the need to be reflective. We need to reflect on our clinical proficiency but also on the culture that underpins that proficiency. All the modules in this sub category of  “Culture & Health” serve to widen our understanding of the different medical paradigms, including biomedicine, being practised worldwide today.

Culture mediates our perception of health. Our culture forms, and informs, the way we think and act in daily life.  It informs the functional choices we make about health care and as people migrate to different countries they bring awide variety of beliefs, and traditions regarding health and ill health with them. It behoves us therefore, as health care professionals, to learn the philosophical foundations of other medical systems as well as that of biomedicine.

Hero Image for the "Influence of Culture on the Perception of Health" CPD course portraying shows a medical professional performing acupuncture on a patient as an integrative holistic medicine practice

Influence of Culture

on the Perception of Health

We tend to think that culture does not matter when it comes to medicine but it is now recognised as being one of the major obstacles to patients not understanding  their illness, and to therapeutic compliance.

This aspect of clinical care, and how to address it, will be discussed in this lecture series.

Picture of an oak by a river which is used as a hero image for the Irish Healing Tradition a medical anthropology course

Irish healing traditions

This series of lectures is divided into 5 sections, within which you can explore the history and culture of Irish indigenous medicine. It commences with the legendary Dianchect and continues, through the centuries, to the present day.

These lectures also explore the common attributes that Irish indigenous medicine has with indigenous medicines elsewhere.

The importance of appraising culture for a successful therapeutic outcome will also be discussed in some depth.

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General Therapeutics

With increasing research on herbs and natural products it can be difficult to keep abreast with current evidence and to incorporate this into your practice. This is the same whether you are a herbal practitioner, or a doctor, physiotherapist, pharmacist or nurse practitioner looking to integrate herbs and natural products into your practice.

The courses within this sub-category of General Therapeutics will focus on treatment options that are available using a variety of herbs and natural products from a modern scientific perspective (i.e. research) but supported by traditional use. The emphasis will be on information that can readily be incorporated into your practice, that is, it is practice ready.

Working within a systems basis, the courses typically comprise a series of recorded lectures covering a specific topic.

Doctor in white lab coat holding model of GUT system used in integrative medicine schools to identify parts of the gut, health and the microbiome

Gut Health Series

This series of talks will explore different aspects of the GUT microbiome and its role in maintaining the health of the host. There is an increasing focus on research in this area as we try and understand the symbiotic relationship between the GUT microbiome and the host system. While traditional herbal medicine has always focused treatment on the GUT, increasingly modern research is supporting this traditional stance by showing the important of GUT health and a broad and diverse microbial community.

The series comprises 5 individual lectures which cover different aspects of the GUT microbiome, including health issues and herbs. They each last between 10 and 15 minutes and are supported by both audio and text.

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Specific Pathologies

These courses offer an opportunity to explore the use natural products and traditional approaches that can improve vitality and health outcomes for people living with, for example cystic fibrosis or other specific pathologies. The focus is on how certain medicinal herbs, essential oils, and lifestyle choices can help alleviate symptoms and prevent complications. How natural healthcare techniques can be applied to help boost immunity, fight infections, reduce inflammation, and heal diseased tissue.

Working within a pathology or pathophysiology, the courses typically comprise a series of recorded lectures covering a specific condition and explore a range of treatment options for that condition.

Girl with cystic fibrosis with a respirator holding a teddy in a hospital bed, illustrates need for complementary integrative medicine such as herbal remedies to supplement conventional treatment

Herbal Medicine for cystic fibrosis

Like most chronic diseases, the presentation of cystic fibrosis  is unique to every individual, thus personalised medicine is the most effective way to treat this disease.  Traditional healing systems are inherently personalised, therefore integration of these modalities can be very beneficial to the clinical outcomes of CF sufferers and  can help reduce the negative side effects of some conventional medical treatments.

As a clinical herbalist, and a person with CF, Mica McDonald has helped himself, and other CF sufferers,  improve their overall health quality with use of herbs, diet, and lifestyle changes.

The cost of the three webinars is €60

Traditional Medical Systems

This category explores traditional medical paradigms throughout the world. Techniques used in clinical practice, e.g. cupping and moxibustion, and their theoretical underpinnings are also considered. To enhance the theoretical knowledge achieved during your study of these lectures, workshops will also be organised. The aim of these workshops is to give practical advice on how to introduce and integrate the wisdom and knowledge of these traditional medical systems into your clinical practice for the benefit of your patient.

Chinese medical manikin used for Chinese Herbal Medicine Training  Illustrates key points on the human face that are used in the Chinese healing tradition

History of Chinese Medicine

These two lectures form the foundation for the understanding of Chinese medicine. The course covers the significant intellectual insights that evolved in the development of Chinese medicine and how this influenced diagnostics and therapeutics over the centuries.

The cost of these webinars is €60

The traditional circular symbol for ying and yang with one half black and the other white, a symbol of Chinese Philosophy and the thinking behind Chinese Traditional medicine

The Yin & Yang theory

The principle of Yin & Yang dates from the 3rd century BCE or even earlier. It is a fundamental concept in Chinese philosophy and describes how contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected and interdependent in the natural world.  It describes how these seemingly contradictory forces may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Yin is the receptive and Yang the active principle. This duality lies at the origins of many branches of classical Chinese science and philosophy, as well as being a primary guideline of traditional Chinese medicine.

The cost of these webinars is €30

Traditional Chinese medicine therapy with practitioner burning tried plants on key points on the patients hand

Moxibustion as a Therapy

Available from January 1st, 2019

Even though today, moxibustion is usually deemed a secondary practice to acupuncture, both acupuncture and moxibustion are two techniques that were once understood to be essential parts of one fundamental approach to treating disease and maintaining health. The purpose of moxibustion is to deal with cold and moxibustion therapy is especially effective for treating deficiency-cold disease.

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General Therapeutics

Treatment for the GIT

Treatment of the digestive system is central to the practice of traditional medicine. This course is comprised of a series of short webinars which consider the treatment of common conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, and Celiac.

The discussion will focus on treatment options, directly related to clinical practice,  which have been drawn from current research and tradition.

The cost of these three webinars is €60

“Not only did I enjoy the course and the challenges it posed, but the course gave me insight and knowledge into herbology that I can apply in my Chiropractic practice.  It was very easy getting signed up and getting all the information needed.  I appreciate the opportunity to grow with such a great organization.”

Dr. Sean E. McCaffrey D.C., I.H.S, L.D.H.S.
Internal Health Specialist
CEO at Black Dunes Design

"My first contact with herbal medicine was through the ICTIM. They taught me important things about herbal science, but they also taught me to see the herbs as a living being, that interacts with people and all the environment. Understanding that herbs are part of the universe and thus we are somehow connected with them, and with everything else, has changed my way of thinking the therapeutic proccess entirely. Although I continued my studies more specifically on Chinese herbal medicine, the things I learned from Mrs Rosari and the other teachers from ICTIM are always a part of my medical thinking process, because it changed the way I understand medicine and the treatment process, and for that I am really grateful."

Dr. Ciro B Rhodes, Brazil
CEO at Black Dunes Design

“The course on Irish Medicine with Rosari Kingston was wonderful. I gained a solid understanding of the role that the Irish indigenous worldview plays in Irish herbalism and traditional healing. It is inspiring to know that the wisdom of the ages is still being studied, appreciated, and passed on, and that it is still useful in a clinical setting. I appreciated getting to know some of the techniques and concepts of Irish traditional medicine so that I might use them in my own work as a clinical herbalist."

Mica McDonald, Clinical Herbalist
CEO at Black Dunes Design

“I would highly recommend this course for anyone with an interest in a holistic approach to medicine. The course is well structured with a focus on practical applications. As a medical research scientist by trade, I chose this course in particular owing to two factors : 1: the material is often backed by research verified information and 2: the lecturers are practitioners with real life experience.
The course itself is provided in a flexible online learning approach which works perfectly for me. I have a young family and a full time job and I find that the lecturers have been very approachable and flexible all the way through the course.
I really enjoy this course and I really feel like I will be well prepared to take up a career in this field."

Dr. L. Crowley, Medical Research Scientist
CEO at Black Dunes Design

Course Structure

Where possible these courses will be registered with the appropriate professional association for CPD points. Please check out the courses for details.
Suitable for your busy life

The webinars are available for viewing at a time that is convenient to you and are between 10 and 30 minutes long.

Ready to use

The content focuses on providing you with information on treatment options that can be directly used in your clinical practice.

learn from the best

The courses are given by health care professionals who are experts in their field, both in conventional medicine and in traditional herbal medicine.

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