Advocating and training for quality relationships in frontline practice

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Why relationships in practice matter

We know the impact relationships have on health and wellbeing outcomes. Our mission is to enhance frontline practitioners’ understanding of why quality relationships in practice matter. We do this through our advocacy work, research, collaborations and training.

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How our training helps you in practice

Our training offers an experiential, small group experience to facilitate engagement with the science underpinning positive relationships. The training offers a workable framework to support your relationships in practice.

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Who we train

We have trained over 3,000 frontline staff in healthcare, social care, community, voluntary and educational roles to build quality relationships in their daily practice by listening and communicating with compassion.

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Why relationships in practice matter

Helping frontline practitioners to understand the impact of supportive relationships in practice on health and wellbeing outcomes is central to our work at Ag Eisteacht. We do this via our advocacy work, our research, collaborations and training.

Our accredited training courses take a relational and experiential approach and use a brief intervention model ABLE to:

Our work on research and advocacy contributes further thinking in the areas of:

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How our training helps you in practice

We know that as a practitioner you want to help those who turn to you for support. The reality is that work and time pressures, uncertainty around boundaries and the worry that we may say the wrong thing or be expected to ‘fix’ something, can sometimes limit our ability to respond appropriately.

Our training aims to strengthen your capacity to build quality relationships in practice  with others, while giving you the skills and a framework to manage your time and boundaries for your own wellbeing.

Each of our evidence-informed courses and seminars has been designed in response to feedback and evaluations from our trainers, participants and commissioners. We offer face-to-face and virtual delivery of our training courses to support your personal, interpersonal and professional development.

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Who we train

We offer training to frontline practitioners with a strong focus on the impact of quality relationships in practice. Through feedback and evaluations, we know that our training has enhanced thousands of workplace interventions in healthcare and social care settings, communities and schools throughout Ireland.

Effective and thoughtful relating makes a real difference in people’s lives because we are all made for connection. At Ag Eisteacht, we strive to enhance your capacity as practitioners to make the most of the opportunities you have to relate and connect, leading to better health and wellbeing outcomes for all.

In 2019 alone, we trained practitioners working in diverse frontline roles: Public health nurses, family and community support workers, speech and language therapists, creche manager, home school community liaison officer, teachers, principals, administrative staff, housing and welfare officers, employees from homeless services, managers and many more.

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Training courses for frontline practitioners in healthcare, social care, community and justice sectors

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Training courses for schools

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"ABLE training is like rewiring how to interact with people. Relationships, not commodities, are at the heart of our work, so soft skills like listening underpin everything we do." Ciara Mulcahy, LINC

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