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.
Through the course material, experiential learning exercises and group discussions, the course explores:
- 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.
The emphasis in this training is on early intervention and so service user’s issues are picked up upon and responded to before they escalate or become entrenched.
Due to the Client and Family Centred Approach promoted in this training and brief intervention model service user’s will be listened to and empowered to come up with, and action, their own solutions.
Key messages about relationships and transitions can be shared with service users thus helping them to better understand their situations and find a way forward.
Service users will be provided with opportunities to share concerns and challenges they face in establishing and / maintaining healthy and supportive relationships.
When is the next course being held?
ABLE | Dublin: Feb 19, March 5 & 6 2018 Early Bird €250 ends 29th Jan 2018
ABLE | Limerick: March 5,20, 21 2018 Early Bird €250 ends 12th Feb 2018
ABLE |Cork: March 7,20,21 2018 Early bird €250 ends 14th Feb 2018
To book your place on any of these courses please click the relevant dates and venue which suit you. Early booking is advised to redeem early bird offers. If you have any queries regarding any of these courses please contact us on 021-5005915.
Here is a summary of participant evaluations from the first 8 ABLE courses. Please note you will need a PDF viewer such as adobe acrobat installed to view this file.