The evidence shows that relationships matter – they affect our mental and physical health and well-being. When people are finding it hard to cope, particularly in their relationships, research has shown that they often turn to a frontline practitioner in their lives whom they already trust. As a frontline practitioner this can be difficult to manage when balancing a heavy caseload. However, adopting a Relational Approach and learning the skills of the brief intervention model, ABLE, strengthens frontline workers' ability to support clients during these times whilst also minding themselves in the process.
ABLE furnishes practitioners with the skills and steps involved in building an effective working relationship, establishing boundaries, listening actively and reflectively, and empowering service users to create solutions to their issues. A Relational Approach allows practitioners to be mindful of the relationships which form part of their service user’s and their own working lives, whilst increasing awareness of the impact of relationships on health and well-being, families and communities.
Equip frontline practitioners with the knowledge, skills and confidence to adopt a relational approach to their practice and to use a brief intervention model, ABLE, to respond effectively to service user’s in distress.
Explore, through the course material, experiential learning exercises and group discussions, the:
- Brain science evidence linking relational well-being to health outcomes;
- Benefits of reflective functioning - making sense of what is going on for service user’s and practitioners during their practice;
- Application of relevant aspects of Infant Mental Health, Attachment Theory and Brain Science to help frontline practitioners better understand their service user’s and colleagues;
- Evidence based information on relationship stages and key messages from conflict research, with the purpose of helping service users strengthen their own relationships.
Who is the training for?
The training will benefit frontline practitioners in the areas of health, education, social, youth and community sectors. If, when you are at work or volunteering, you are regularly ‘turned to’ for support by those you encounter then this training will be helpful to you.
How will this training help me in my work?
The ABLE Training programme will:
- Allow you to learn the skills of a brief intervention model and have a new process for managing situations with distressed service users;
- Strengthen your ability to respond effectively to clients in distress using evidence based knowledge;
- Help you better manage your time, establish boundaries and be mindful of self-care;
- Enhance your understanding of the impact of relationships on health and wellbeing and your ability to apply this knowledge to practice;
- Increase your ability to understand what is going on for your service users and to therefore better empathise and relate to your service users;
- Provide a space where you can reflect on your own practice and increase the awareness of your own role in your interactions with service users. You will have an opportunity to identify areas for improvement whilst also having your capability as a practitioner refreshed, affirmed and expanded.
Here is a summary of participant evaluations from the 6 ABLE courses delivered thus far. Please note you will need a PDF viewer such as adobe acrobat installed to view this file.
ABLE report 6 first courses.pdf