Recognising that the quality of relationships is a key determinant of health and well-being, a group of staff and volunteers from Hospital Family Resource Centre in Limerick gathered recently for a booster training session following our tailored 3-day ABLE (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower) training last year.
Mary McGrath, FRC co-ordinator, said: “The 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 different experiences in their lives.
“It will be put to practical use across all our work areas.”
A post-course evaluation revealed that 100% of participants said they would use the skills of the brief intervention model ABLE regularly in practice (75% said either daily or once per week.) At least 92% of participants also stated their skill levels had increased regarding anticipating moments when clients may struggle in their relationships, using opportunities to offer clients time to talk about their relationships/ worries, and empowering clients to seek their own solutions.
All of the participants reported an increased confidence in their ability to recognise and respond to clients in distress in their relationships and have increased knowledge and awareness of the factors that help to build and maintain healthy relationships.
Feedback from the course was excellent with comments from participants including: “ a truly excellent course and it will change the way I will speak with people and listen more.”
A key element of the course is highlighting the importance of reflective practice to build capacity and maintain wellbeing for both the practitioner and service user.
Another participant said: “I am now more mindful of myself. I can now step back, calm down and be careful with myself. The training provided a very supportive tool to help to ‘look after me’, which is very important if I want to look after others.”
Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, said: “It is great to receive such positive feedback from our participants and to see the practical evidence of how our training is impacting on practitioners’ work and making a difference to their work, wellbeing and on outcomes for those who turn to them for support.”
Our CPD accredited and evidence-based, ABLE training is delivered by two licensed co-trainers, who use behaviour modelling and a mix of adult learning styles including auditory, visual and experiential techniques to support the learning experience and enable change.
For further information about our ABLE Training please contact Susan on 021-4536556 or [email protected]