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Key Messages from our Workshop Facilitators

November 27, 2020

Key Messages from our Workshop Facilitators We promised to share some key messages from our workshop facilitators at yesterday’s ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ seminar. Thank you to all of our wonderful workshop facilitators who provided a safe space for learning and connection yesterday. Sr Stanislaus led a workshop in “Journey into Mindfulness/Meditation” […]

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Waiting List Opens for ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ Seminar

November 25, 2020

Although now fully booked, a waiting list for the ‘Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice’ seminar on Thursday 26th November 2020 is now open in case of any cancellations. Over 70 frontline practitioners have signed up to this event which aims to provide a safe space for participants to reflect on how their work […]

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Interactive Workshops Announced for Virtual Seminar

November 6, 2020

Interactive workshops announced for virtual seminar Details of five facilitated, interactive workshops are available below. These will form part of the ‘Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice’ virtual seminar on 26th November. The seminar is a collaborative initiative by Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and the Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) to […]

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Keynote Speaker Announced

October 30, 2020

Keynote Speaker Announced We are delighted to announce Dr Caroline Elton as our keynote speaker for the  ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ seminar on Thursday 26th November 2020. This is the second in a series of collaborative initiatives by Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and SHEP to raise awareness of the perception […]

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We Are Hiring

October 31, 2019

Part Time Office Administrative Assistant: We have an exciting opportunity for a warm and efficient individual to join our team as a Part Time Office Administrative Assistant. Our focus is on developing practitioners’ ability to build relationships and maintain professional boundaries.  As demand for our training grows, we are looking for an experienced Office Administrative […]

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Supporting Focus Ireland staff

October 18, 2019

Focus Ireland’s annual Shine a Light initiative takes place this evening –  a hugely important fundraising and awareness campaign for the charity. According to the latest Focus Ireland press release, the number of homeless in Ireland in August 2016 was 6,611 and this has risen by 57% to 10,338 in August 2019. 2,263 children were […]

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Looking after your well-being while building relationships in practice

October 10, 2019

Relationships matter. Evidence shows that the quality of relationships is a key determinant of health and wellbeing, acting as both a protective and a risk factor in health outcomes. This isn’t just the romantic type, but any relationship in our lives – even the professional ones.  A quality relationship with a healthcare professional, a social […]

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Ag Eisteacht supports Focus Ireland staff

October 8, 2019

Ag Eisteacht supports Focus Ireland staff We are delighted to report that we have received a €5,000 grant from ESB’s Energy for Generations Fund to part fund a four-day brief intervention training course for Focus Ireland frontline staff. Each year ESB’s Fund awards €1m in direct funding to charities working in the areas of suicide […]

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Additional brief intervention training courses in Cork and Dublin

September 18, 2019

Additional brief intervention training courses in Cork and Dublin Following the success of our previous ABLE courses, we are running additional brief intervention training in Cork and Dublin for frontline staff working in health, social care and community roles. The ABLE (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower) model develops practitioners’ ability to build […]

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Medical Council Annual Report 2018

September 12, 2019

Medical Council Annual Report 2018 “The patient is a human being, at the same time worried and hopeful, who is searching for relief, help and trust. The importance of an intimate relationship between patient and physician can never be overstated because in most cases an accurate diagnosis as well as an effective treatment relies directly […]

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Supporting your practice so you can support others

July 24, 2019

Supporting your practice so you can support others Our ABLE evidence-informed training model is there to support you so that you can support those who turn to you for help. Together, these four little letters provide you with the framework, insight, skills and knowledge to empower others while minding yourself too. Adopting a relational approach […]

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An interview with Nael Saoud, Nasc

July 9, 2019

An interview with Nael Saoud, Nasc Nael Saoud completed our three-day ABLE brief intervention course earlier this year when he was the Connect Project Worker with Nasc, the migrants and refugee centre. We caught up with him to learn more about his experience of our training and how he has used our ABLE model in […]

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CPD training places now open to help build relationships and manage boundaries

June 27, 2019

CPD training places now open to help build relationships and manage boundaries Demand for our ABLE brief intervention training is continuing to grow, and we are pleased to announce that we are planning a third open course in Cork this autumn. The course is for practitioners working in health, social care and community settings. The […]

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Present and attuned at the RCPI

June 18, 2019

Dr Maeve Hurley, our founder and CEO, will speak at the Royal College of Physicians Ireland’s (RCPI) ‘Patient safety through better communication’ conference on Wednesday 19th June at Kildare Street, Dublin. Good communication is a subject close to Maeve’s heart as she has spent her entire career advocating for a relationship or person-centred approach to […]

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Training places available for how to foster wellbeing in the school community

May 27, 2019

Training places available for how to foster wellbeing in the school community Due to demand, we are running a second summer training course for primary school teachers in Cork. Our DES-approved ABLE4Teachers training aims to foster well-being in the school community by helping teachers to build more responsive relationships. The course runs from the 19th […]

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A gathering of community workers to highlight the power of responsive relationships

May 20, 2019

A gathering of community workers to highlight the power of responsive relationships On Thursday 16th May we gathered community and voluntary workers in partnership with Young Knocknaheeny Area Based Childhood Programme (YKABC) at Northridge House. The aim of the event was to facilitate a discussion on building resilience in the community by raising awareness of […]

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An interview with Karina Healy, the Lantern Project

May 9, 2019

An interview with Karina Healy, the Lantern Project Karina Healy, community development co-ordinator with the Lantern Project at Nano Nagle Place in Cork, recently took part in our three-day ABLE brief intervention training. She describes her role as ensuring ‘love and welcome’ to those coming to the Lantern, where vulnerable people are given space to […]

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Placing the person at the centre of care – a shared relational approach

May 2, 2019

Placing the person at the centre of care – a shared relational approach ‘Enhancing quality of life in unrestricted healthcare environments’ was the theme of this year’s annual conference run by St Luke’s and Northridge House Education & Research Centre on 11th – 12th April.  The theme reflects current legislation which places an obligation on […]

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ABLE4Teachers Training: Booking now open

April 15, 2019

ABLE4Teachers Training: Booking now open We are taking expressions of interest for a summer course for primary school teachers in Laois from the 1st -5th July at Laois Education Centre in Portlaoise, following our Cork course selling out. Our DES-approved ABLE4Teachers training aims to foster well-being in the school community, equipping teachers with the skills and […]

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Five tips for building more responsive relationships with service users

April 10, 2019

Five tips for building more responsive relationships with service users As a frontline worker you will find that the relationship between you and the client is a key element of the process of engaging and working with them. Connecting with and actively engaging your clients will make them feel at ease when they link with […]

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