I joined Social and Health Education Project, Cork (SHEP) over 15 years ago and through my years of experiential training in a number of designed courses, I qualified as a Tutor/Facilitator.
Where do you work and what is your role?
I am Self Employed and I work in areas of training through both SHEP & Ag Eisteacht.
I facilitate community groups in the following areas:
• Family Communication and Self Esteem
• Effective Communication
• Personal Development
• Stress Management
I also work with children and adolescents within school settings.
I joined Ag Eisteacht in 2012 and as a licensed trainer I have co-trained in ‘Brief Encounters’, ‘How to Argue Better’, ABLE 3 Day Course and ABLE4Teachers Summer Course along with 2 hour workshops for teachers & Public Health Nurse Students.
I have worked with multi-disciplinary groups within the Disability Sector, Homeless Sector, Public Health Nursing, Teachers, Social Workers, Niche team and many other disciplines in our Open Courses.
I am a member of the Infant Mental Health network group and Steering Group and have attended many seminars/workshops in this field.
I have attended courses in areas of Domestic Violence, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST (Applied Suicide Information Skills Training).
What attracted you to become a licensed ABLE trainer with Ag Eisteacht?
I wanted to further my skills as a trainer in support of Frontline staff to encourage and invite them to recognise opportunities to listen and respond to their clients/service users holistically as individuals and as part of a family unit also.
What do you see as the key benefits of ABLE to those who participate in the training and subsequently for the client groups of those participants?
• Giving Frontline staff the skills to confidently acknowledge and support service users through personal difficulties.
• To use person centered care, including the relationships that are part of client’s lives, rather than paper centered care i.e. seeing and hearing the person alongside seeing and attending to their ailment/dilemma/etc.
• Time to see the person holistically.
• Alleviate the pressure for Frontline staff of their overwhelming need to ‘fix’ someone and to have all the right answers
• Use boundaries to protect both service user and service provider
Clients benefit from being heard, understood and seen. Clients are empowered by someone they trust and rely on.