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Mr. Cathal Ryan

Title:

Assistant Lecturer - Project Manager Higher Certificate in Custodial Care

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Law and Criminal Justice

Room Name/ Num:

C102 Convent Building

Campus:

College Street

OrcID Number:

0000-0003-0813-1139

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My Biography

As Project Manager I am responsible for the management and delivery of the Irish Prison Service-SETU joint programme, the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care (HCCC). This Certificate is delivered to all Recruit Prison Officers as part of their personal and professional development. It provides them with key practical, critical and reflective skills and familiarises them with the theories and practices they need to be effective in their workplace. In addition to project management, I deliver the module Social Psychology for Custodial Care to RPO in Semester Three of the programme. 

The aim of the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care is to develop the character and competence of Prison Officers so that they can act responsibly and ethically in order to effectively contribute to the safe, secure and humane custody of the people in their care, in accordance with the IPS mission, vision, values and strategic objectives. It is intended that the programme will:

  • Inculcate in prison officers a values-based approach in their interactions with prisoners;
  • Provide prison officers with the skills to operate ethically and effectively in their role;
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the prison officer in the care and rehabilitation of prisoners.

 

Admission to the HCCC is restricted solely to approved employees of the Irish Prison Service. Elements of the programme are delivered exclusively by the IPS, with most other elements delivered by SETU with IPS staff in partnership. 

Research

2016 - Current PhD Scholar

SuRE Project: Sustaining Resilience in Employment

My PhD research is focused on the adaptation and evaluation of an online programme (known as DELAROSE) that delivers psychosocial interventions to enhance the resilience of older health and social care workers.

As part of my work to date, I have managed the transfer of the DELAROSE online learning programme to the official part-time portfolio of courses delivered by the Institute, and am responsible for the delivery and evaluation of this unique online programme. In addition I am currently conducting a targeted regional survey of work-related stress among health and social care workers in the South-East of Ireland, and have published several journal papers relating to web-based interventions, work-related stress and international course development.

Teaching

2019 - Current   Assistant Lecturer in Social Psychology

Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies

School of Humanities

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

Programmes and Modules Taught:

Higher Certificate in Custodial Care

Social Psychology for Custodial Care 

 

2017 - Current   Assistant Lecturer in Psychology

Department of Social Care and Early Childhood/Department of Arts

School of Humanities

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

Programmes and Modules Taught:

BA Psychology/BA Arts                                                            

Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology; Health Psychology; Interdisciplinary Seminars, Dissertation. 

BA Applied Social Studies in Social Care                                                

Psychology of Human Behaviour; Individual Difference and Abnormal Psychology; Introduction to Therapeutic Interventions, Utilising and Applying Therapeutic Interventions, Social Psychology

 

2015 – 2018  Lecturer in Nursing and Applied Health Care (Part-Time)

Department of Nursing and Healthcare

School of Health Sciences

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

Programmes and Modules Taught:

BSc Nursing Programme:                                        

Health and Psycho-Social Studies 1 

Health and Psycho-Social Studies 3 

 

BSc Applied Health Care Programme:                 

Connected Health Psychology for Health Care 

 

MSc Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Qualitative Research for Practice

Professional

2018 – Current  Project Manager//Assistant Lecturer (Higher Certificate in Custodial Care)

Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies

School of Humanities

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

2017 - Current  Assistant Lecturer in Psychology and Social Care

Department of Social Care and Early Childhood/Department of Arts

School of Humanities

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

2015  Principal Research Assistant DELAROSE Project

School of Health Sciences

Waterford Institute of Technology

 

2014 Assistant Research Psychologist

‘Neuro Enhancement for Independent Living’ NEIL Memory Research Unit,

Trinity College Dublin

Publications

Ryan, C., Brennan, F., McNeill, S., & O’Keeffe, R. (2022). Prison officer training and education: a scoping review of the published literature. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 33(1), 110-138.

Ryan, C., & Bergin, M. (2022). Procedural Justice and Legitimacy in Prisons: A Review of Extant Empirical Literature. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 

Ryan, C., Bergin, M., & Wells, J. S. (2019). Work-related stress and well-being of direct care workers in intellectual disability services: a scoping review of the literature. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 1-22.

Ryan, C., Bergin, M., White, M., & Wells, J.SG. (2018). Ageing in the Nursing Workforce – A Global Challenge Experienced within an Irish Context. International Nursing Review, 00 1-8.

Ryan, C., Bergin, M., Titze, S., Ruf, W., Kunz, S., Wells, J.S.G. (2017) ECVET and ECTS credit equivalency in higher education – a bridge too far? European Journal of Education 

Ryan, C., Bergin, M., & Wells, J. S. (2017). Theoretical perspectives of adherence to web-based interventions: a scoping review. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-13.         

Ryan, C., Bergin, M., & Wells, J. S. (2017). Valuable yet vulnerable—a review of the  challenges        encountered by older nurses in the workplace. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 72,42-52.

Ryan, C., Bergin, M., Chalder, T., & Wells, J. S. (2017). Web-based interventions for the management of stress in the workplace: focus, form, and efficacy. Journal of Occupational Health, 59 (3), 215-236.

Ryan, C., Bergin, M., Titze, S., Ruf, W., Kunz, S., Mazza, R., ... & Wells, J. S. (2017). Managing the process of international collaboration in online course development: a case example involving higher education institutions in Ireland, Switzerland, Austria and the  United Kingdom. Innovative Higher Education, 1-12.

Mazza, R., Kunz, S., Ryan, C., & Wells, J.S.G. (2016) DELAROSE - E-learning accreditation to reduce occupational stress in employment. Italian Journal of Educational Technology (IJET). 24(1), 61-64

Wells, J.S.G., Bergin, M., & Ryan, C. (2016). DELAROSE: A case example of the value of embedded course content and assessment in the workplace. HEA’d 16 International Conference on Higher Education Advances, Universitat Politècnica de València, València.  DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAd16.2016.2844  

Wells, J.S.G., Bergin, M., & Ryan, C. (2016). Technical Report: The DELAROSE Project – A  short  report on the feasibility of credit equivalency between ECVET and ECTS. DOI:10.13140/RG.2.1.2959.0804

Ryan., C., Bergin, M., & Wells, J.S.G. (2015, October). ‘The DELAROSE project: Recognising the management of work-related stress through ECVET/ECTS’. ECVET Magazine, 23, 14-16.

Wells, J.S.G., Ryan, C., & Bergin, M. (2015). ‘ROSE to DELAROSE: Developing and transitioning a web-based pan-European self-help programme for the management of work-related stress’. HEA’d 15 International Conference on Higher Education Advances, Universitat Politècnica de València, València DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4995/HEAd15.2015.390