The ICTCM was set up in 1983 to help satisfy the growing demand for safe alternative healthcare. It was the first College in Ireland devoted to the teaching of Chinese medicine, according to the Classical Traditions of TCM, as taught in China.
At under-graduate level the ICTCM currently provides part-time, professional Acupuncture training courses in Dublin, Ireland to students from across Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe.
It also runs professional training at postgraduate level in:
As in contemporary China, all teaching material in the College is based upon clearly documented classical Chinese medical texts, which provides a theoretically secure base for establishing sound clinical practice.
In more recent years the College has introduced courses which are open to members of the public who are interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, but do not wish to become members of the TCM profession. The Open Courses provide an enjoyable way for people to learn more about the health benefits of Chinese Medicine.
From time to time we provide Open courses, or short talks or lectures on TCM topics, for health-care professionals and businesses as well as for local community groups.
All ICTCM teaching staff are fully qualified and insured TCM practitioners. The senior College staff are also qualified teachers with decades of experience teaching adult students in Ireland and beyond. The Clinical Directors are established practitioners of TCM many of whom have spent time in China working in large city hospitals with some of the most experienced and famous Chinese teachers in the whole of the People's Republic. Clinical Supervisory staff are fully qualified and insured practitioners of TCM, with their own busy and successful Clinical practices.
All Staff, clinical and academic, have their own interests and specialisms within the broad field of TCM and are happy to share their expertise with their students. They have continued to develop their own private practices and regularly undergo Continuing Professional Development themselves, many of them visiting and undergoing Advanced postgraduate Training in China on a yearly basis. They are committed to providing a conducive learning environment for their students.
The ICTCM was founded in 1983 by the Director, Thomas J Shanahan, a native of Roosky, County Roscommon. With over 40 years of clinical practice, Professor Shanahan is one of the most qualified and experienced TCM practitioners in Europe. In January 2004 he was appointed as a Consulting Professor of TCM with the International Department of Guangzhou University of TCM. He is the first Irishman to be appointed to such a post, in recognition of his years of experience in, and commitment to, TCM.
All the Medical Qigong programmes run by the College are under the auspices of the late Professor Xia Shuangquan who was the Honorary President of the Qigong Department of the ICTCM. In addition to being a renowned Master of Medical Qigong he also held the post of Professor of Medical Qigong at Guangzhou University of TCM, Guangzhou, China - one of the leading TCM Universities in China.
Since 2006 the Medical Qigong Programmes have been overseen by Professor Song Xinhong, the current Honorary President of the Qigong Department of the ICTCM, and the head of the Medical Qigong Department at Guangzhou University of TCM.
All the teaching staff of the Medical Qigong Department at the ICTCM have been personally taught Medical Qigong by both Professor Xia Shuangquan and Professor Song Xinhong in Guangzhou, China. These staff also teach, time permitting, the Open Workshops in Health-promoting Qigong.
At appropriate intervals, certain distinguished visiting lecturers are invited by the Director of the ICTCM to give a guest lecture. This forms part of the CPD commitment of the ICTCM and reflects the broad range of affiliations which the ICTCM enjoys.
As the College developed and expanded, it opened a purpose-built and planned College and TCM training Clinic in Dublin. The College comprises a suite of dedicated seminar and lecture rooms in which the theoretical teaching of all the courses is undertaken. These adjoin the College's Teaching Clinic consisting of a set of purpose-designed clinical treatment rooms and a patient/client reception and waiting area.
The main academic premises, ICTCM House, is centrally located in Dublin 3 a short distance from the 3Arena (formerly Point Depot) near Dublin's developing Port area. The ICTCM is easily accessible via the Dublin Port Tunnel, the East Link Bridge and the infra-structure of roads leading to all parts of Ireland. There are excellent road and coach links to Dublin Airport for students coming in from other parts of Ireland, the UK and Europe. Free on-street parking is also available outside the college.
The Luas line runs from the 3Arena and Dublin Bus service runs from in front of the college.