We want to share our vision.
It is this: we aspire to an Ireland where all frontline practitioners in Ireland will have the capacity to respond in a sensitive and focussed way when turned to for help.
Because evidence shows that the quality of the relationship between a practitioner and a client/patient or service user has the potential to enhance the service itself at its core – and impact positively on health and wellbeing outcomes.
Over 4,000 frontline practitioners in community and voluntary roles across healthcare, social care, education and the justice sectors have taken the four steps of our ABLE brief intervention model so date.
Together, these four letters provide the insight, skills, knowledge and a framework to help practitioners to understand the transformative impact of positive relationships in practice
These include GPs, public health nurses, family resource workers, early childcare professionals, youth workers, school staff and many more who are already well-placed in the community to build relationships based on trust and understanding.
Our logo tagline, ‘Relationships in Practice’ recognises that and places relationships at the heart of every intervention.
Here are the four steps of our ABLE brief intervention model:
Adopt a relational approach
We reflect on how everyday interactions impact us and on our role as practitioners in nurturing and building quality relationships in practice. Through evidence-informed insight into relationship theory, infant mental health, neuroscience and more, we support your knowledge and understanding of why the quality of the relationship in frontline practice is a critical aspect of ensuring better health and wellbeing outcomes.
Build & Boundary
How do we make time for others and give them our time and attention while looking after ourselves also within the boundaries of our role and competence? Our ABLE model provides a framework for you to manage your time and boundaries during an intervention for your own health and wellbeing.
Listening is a key skill in building relationships based on trust. Listening well means listening actively and reflectively. We help you to become more present and attuned so that the people who turn to you for support feel seen, heard and respected.
Empower & End
We guide you through ways of gently flagging that the brief intervention is coming to an end and summarising where the conversation has gotten to. This is about action planning or signposting to resources for further support and leaving the door open for future encounters to ensure a clear vision ahead and a sense of working in partnership together.