ABLE Training Programme

ABLE – Relational Based Training

At Ag Eisteacht, we provide evidence based relational training to Ireland’s frontline practitioners working in health, education, social, youth, justice and community sectors.

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 equips 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.

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Course Aim

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.

What way will the training benefit my clients/service users

  • 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.

Commissioned Courses:

Our evidence informed ABLE Training can be tailored to meet the needs of your team or organisation. These courses can be held at our head office in Cork or at a venue of your choice.

To find out more about our commissioned courses please contact Donna on 021-4536556 or email [email protected]

Course Contact

If you have any further questions about this training, please contact us by phone 021 4536556 or by emailing Donna.

Course Fees and Cancellation Policy

3 Day Open Course Fee:

  • €250 is the Early Bird, subsidised fee which is available for those paying up to three weeks before the commencement day of the course.
  • €230 per person is the Group Discount for payment for three or more people on the same course. This group discount is also available up to three weeks prior to the commencement of the course subject to the availability of places
  • €300 is the Standard Subsidised Fee which is applicable to all bookings made less than three weeks prior to the start date of the course

Open Course Cancellation Policy:

Should a participant cancel their place by phone or email;

  • more than 3 weeks prior to the start of a course a refund of €150 will be provided.
  • between two and three weeks prior to the course a refund of €100 will be provided.
  • between one and two weeks prior to the course a refund of €50 will be provided.

Unfortunately refunds for cancellations received less that one week prior to the commencement of the course cannot be provided.

Certain refunds and transfers to other course dates​ can be considered under exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of Ag Eisteacht.

Upcoming Courses

Reconnecting with the Heart of Practice Seminar

Location | Northridge House, Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork

Date | November 26th 2020

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3 Day ABLE Training

Location | Online

Date | September 9th, 23rd & 24th

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3 Day ABLE Training

Location | Online

Date | Sept 22nd, Oct 6th & 7th

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3 Day ABLE Training

Location | The Wisdom Centre, Cork St, Dublin 8

Date | Nov 10th, 24th & 25th

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“This training enabled staff and volunteers from multiple work areas in Hospital Family Resource Centre to come together, learn and practise new skills, reflect on their work and share different experiences.  ABLE training provides an excellent introduction and refresher to understanding key relationships and builds participants skills in supporting adults and children going through difference experiences in their lives – it will be put to practical use across all our work areas.” Hospital FRC

“It teaches useful strategies to help client’s problem solve and come up with solutions.” Grainne – Speech & Language Therapist

“I would encourage all practitioners working with families to learn this way of working.” Early Years Manager

“Do it- it will change your way of thinking and allow you to make positive intervention.” Bernadette – Clinical Nurse Specialist

The ABLE model has equipped me with skills, experience, and strong rationale to empower the families I work with particularly during times of distress. Emer, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

“I will use the ABLE model daily. Excellent course, facilitators excellent.” Stephanie, School Completion Programme Coordinator

“Very relevant to our practice” Nuala – Public Health Nurse

“This is a course that gives you tools for both professional practice as well as personal development.” Jonna, Project Coordinator

Commisioned Courses

We are happy to tailor our ABLE model to meet your team’s specific training needs. If you would like to discuss the various options available for commissioning training, please call our team on 021 4536556 or email Donna.

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