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Youth Homelessness

July 21, 2016

Following the recent press release by The Children’s Rights Alliance the Ag Eisteacht team welcomes the child homelessness summit which was led by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Dr Katherine Zappone. The Minister is well placed to address the issues surrounding the use of commercial hotels to house families, and the problem of […]

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Inaugural Teachers Summer Course Opens in Laois to a Full House

July 5, 2016

‘Skills for Listening to and Supporting those in the School Community’ We are very pleased to be delivering our new summer course for teachers ‘Skills for Listening to and Supporting those in the School Community’ in two education centres this year, namely Laois and Cork City (some places available July 11th to 15th). The five day skills […]

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Active Listening Course 11th May 2016

June 30, 2016

On the 11th of May we held a hugely successful Ag Eisteacht4Business Active Listening course in the Castletroy Hotel in Limerick.  Participants came from a wide variety of backgrounds including: Hospitality, Retail, Human Resource Management & Business Consultancy.  The variety of backgrounds made for lively and informative discussions and scenarios to work with during the […]

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Congratulations to our Brief Encounters Participants!

June 27, 2016

Our trainers, Maeve Hurley and Brendan Mills were delighted to present the most recent Cork Brief Encounters participants with their Certificate of Attendance at the end of their course. We were delighted to have frontline workers from a variety of backgrounds on this course, including Development Officers, Homeless Sector Staff, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Community […]

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Building Resilience Training day

June 20, 2016

Recently the Ag Eisteacht team took part in a ‘Building Resilience’ training day delivered by Karen Maher of the Health Management Institute of Ireland. Ag Eisteacht believes that regular team training and development is a crucial factor in ensuring staff members are up-to-date with the most recent evidence-based knowledge and that opportunities are provided for […]

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What is the most valuable lesson we can teach our children in schools?

May 30, 2016

  If you were asked today ‘what topics were you taught in school?’ what would spring to mind? You might answer with a list of subjects such as English, Irish or Maths. Would self-care, effective communication, relational well-being or healthy coping strategies be amongst the things you recall learning? Sadly, probably not. Today, however, teaching […]

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AG Eisteacht Takes Part in Workplace Well-being Initiative

April 8, 2016

Today is Ireland’s 2nd national Workplace Wellbeing Day. We were delighted to sign up to the campaign, which is being run by the National Health Foundation, to further promote wellbeing for our team. We all spend a considerable amount of time in our workplace, so here at Ag Eisteacht we believe that in building our […]

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Summer Course for Teachers in Five Locations

March 24, 2016

We are delighted to announce that our summer course for primary and post-primary teachers “Skills for listening to and supporting those in the school community” has been approved by the Department of Education and Skills. The aim of this course is to equip teachers with additional skills to support and empower students, parents and colleagues […]

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Brief Encounters® Annual Evaluation

March 24, 2016

An annual evaluation of our Brief Encounters® courses has been independently completed by Dr. Sinéad Hanafin of Research Matters Ltd. The report is an evaluation of 14 Brief Encounters® programmes which were delivered to more than 150 frontline workers. Participants held a wide range of professional roles and include: Family Support Workers, Public Health Nurses, […]

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The Homeless Initiative Training

March 24, 2016

The Homeless Initiative consists of a four day training programme which was developed for people working in an employed or voluntary capacity in the homeless sector. The programme is based on the tried and tested Brief Encounters® model which has underpinned Ag Eisteacht’s training into the healthcare sector for over a decade. Ag Eisteacht received […]

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St. Patrick’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Fair

February 8, 2016

St. Patricks held a Mental Health and Wellbeing Fair in Cork last Saturday to promote positive mental health as part of the launch of their Adolescent Mental Health Service in Cork, which will operate through the community Dean Clinic and will be led by Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Buckley.  Ag Eisteacht had […]

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Supporting Couple Relationships of Clients Living With Cancer

February 4, 2016

  Good quality relationships matter for our health and well-being, particularly if we are struggling with an illness. As today is World Cancer Day, Ag Eisteacht would like to highlight the value of high quality supportive relationships to those who are living with cancer.  Strong relationships have many positive health benefits, as they provide us […]

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Relationships are Dynamic and Troublesome: the good news is that this is the norm!

January 28, 2016

All relationships go through different stages as people get to know each other. Couple relationships are complex-with the couple moving through different stages as they try to balance care, power, independence and intimacy. Tensions arise as the couple tries to work this out, with conflicts arising as a result.    This post introduces a model […]

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Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland Accreditation Renewal Brief Encounters with 18 NMBI CEUs

January 21, 2016

  We are delighted to announce that the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, previously an Board Altranais, has renewed their approval of our 3 day Brief Encounters® training for a further 2 years and has granted 18 CEUs for registered nurses and midwives. Brief Encounters® is valuable for nurses and midwives, preparing them for […]

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Ag Eisteacht4Business Survey Highlights the Impact of Distress in the Workplace

January 7, 2016

Workplace distress can be limiting for employers as well as employees. Distress describes negative feelings and emotions which has an influence on our daily lives. In the workplace this can have a big impact on employee productivity and engagement. Employees may experience distress in the workplaces due to heavy workloads, negative relationships with colleagues, job […]

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Office closed for Christmas

December 18, 2015

Our offices will be closed on Thursday the 24th of December until Monday the 4th of January.  We wish you a Merry Chirstmas and a Happy New year!

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Ag Eisteacht are Recruiting a Business Development & Projects Manager

December 17, 2015

We are expanding our team in the new year and are looking for a suitable candidate to join Ag Eisteacht as a full time Business Development & Projects Manager.  Click here for the job description. If you are interested in applying for this position please send your CV and Cover Letter for the attention of Dr. […]

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Upcoming Commissioned Courses

December 17, 2015

We are already looking forward to a busy 2016 – with lots of commissioned courses already scheduled. Organisations in the areas of disability, education, public health, primary care and the homeless sector have decided to train their teams in the valuable skills taught through our Brief Encounters® and How to Argue Better courses. These commissioned […]

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Avoid Festive Fighting

December 16, 2015

As we know, Christmas time can be both fun and stressful. Many couples argue during the festive season – mostly due to money matters. Maeve wrote a helpful piece in the Evening Echo giving some helpful tips t to help people manage these conflicts better and to focus on improving their relationships over the festive […]

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Ag Eisteacht team Christmas outing

December 16, 2015

Yesterday, we had our Ag Eisteacht Christmas team outing in Douglas Cookery Cottage. As a team we cooked our own dinner: Sausage stuffed chicken with garlic potato gratin, brussels sprouts (yes-they were all eaten!),apple and cranberry compote which was new to us all and dessert: sugar cookies and mince pies. We enjoyed the day a […]

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