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ABLE4School Leaders – How and why relationships matter in schools

July 29, 2021

ABLE4School Leaders – How and why relationships matter in schools, our new training programme for school leaders, has been endorsed by the Centre for School Leadership (CSL).  We have developed this evidence-informed programme to support principals, deputy principals and aspiring school leaders to take a relationship-centred approach in schools. It is heavily subsidised and based […]

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ABLE Interview

July 23, 2021

You may have seen our past interviews on our ABLE brief intervention training with Karina Healy from the Lantern Project and Nael Saoud from Nasc. Today we speak to one of our own team, Michelle Cogan, who had the opportunity to attend ABLE training soon after joining us. You can see our upcoming ABLE training […]

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Our ACE awareness work is featured in the IPPN’s Leadership+ magazine

July 9, 2021

It was an honour to have our work featured in the May/June issue of the Irish Primary Principal’s Network’s Leadership+ magazine. In a co-authored article, we shared insight into our work in raising awareness of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and the role supportive relationships play in protecting against and mitigating the impact of ACEs. Dr […]

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The impact of our ABLE training

July 2, 2021

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We work with frontline practitioners to support their understanding of the powerful impact of positive relationships in practice.  Through our training, advocacy work, collaborations and evaluation work, we see their warm and interested responses. Knowing that relationships are a key social determinate of health and wellbeing is a first step to making a difference in […]

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Develop your ability to nurture positive relationships in practice

June 24, 2021

As a frontline practitioner, have you ever hesitated to engage in a difficult conversation for fear of saying the wrong thing or feeling overwhelmed? The reality is that workload and time pressures, uncertainty around boundaries and the worry that we may be expected to ‘fix’ something, can sometimes limit our ability to respond appropriately. Our […]

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ABLE4Teachers summer training course open

June 10, 2021

  After months of uncertainty, we are grateful to be able to hold our DES-approved ABLE4Teachers summer training course in person this year. ‘ABLE4Teachers – How and Why Relationships Matter in Schools’ is a five-day course running from the 16th – 20th August at Northridge House Education & Training Centre in Blackrock, Cork.  There are […]

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Reconnecting with the heart of frontline practice 2021

June 4, 2021

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After months of planning, preparation and true collaboration with SHEP (The Social & Health Education Project) and Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan, our national seminar for frontline practitioners on 25th May was a resounding success. 54 frontline practitioners, including doctors, social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, early years professionals, social care and family support workers, gathered on-line […]

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Join our Team!

May 28, 2021

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We are hiring! We have an exciting opportunity for a highly organised and motivated individual to join our team as an Administrative Assistant. The successful candidate will assist the team with general administrative duties, as well as support our CEO with administrative and planning tasks.The role requires a competent individual with excellent capacity for engagement […]

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A warm welcome to Michelle

May 14, 2021

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We have strengthened our marketing team in recent weeks with the appointment of Michelle Cogan as marketing and office administrative executive. Before joining us, Michelle was festival manager for Cork LGBT+ Pride Festival, working on festival planning in 2020, a challenging year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Prior to that, she was an internal communications specialist […]

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Workplace Wellbeing Day- coping with stress

April 30, 2021

On Workplace Wellbeing Day, we continue our series with Dr Margaret O’ Rourke, Clinical Director and board member Ag Eisteacht and founder of the LifeMatters Academy, to share some positive insight into coping with stress at work.  The LifeMatters Academy is a virtual institute that actively promotes health, wellbeing and resilience using evidence-based well-being and […]

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Collaboration sessions with Social Care Ireland open to book

April 23, 2021

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A collaboration with Social Care Ireland to reflect on the impact of unexpected change and transition in social care work When Social Care Ireland invited us to collaborate with them to support their members with two reflective practice sessions, we were delighted to do this. Our associate, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan, an experienced facilitator and […]

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Recognising the power of relationships in frontline practice

April 12, 2021

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We continue our collaboration with Dr Margaret O’ Rourke from the Life Matters Academy to explore how awareness of the precious role relationships play in frontline practice is vital to outcomes. Our tagline, ‘Relationships in Practice’, recognises that the relationship between the client and the practitioner is at the heart of every intervention. Each such […]

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Bookings now open for Heart of Frontline Practice seminar

April 7, 2021

We are excited to announce that bookings for ‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’ national seminar on Tuesday 25th May are now open. This second national virtual seminar by the Heart of Frontline Practice collaborative group promises to be a stimulating and inspiring experience for all frontline practitioners seeking time and space to reflect on […]

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Easter Wishes

April 1, 2021

We would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy Easter to all.  We are mindful that we may not be spending this day as we usually would, but we are also hopeful.  Easter has always been a time for fresh hope, with beautiful signs of new life all around us in nature. We […]

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Resilience screenings fully booked for 2021

March 29, 2021

Our invitation to organisations within health, social care, and education to collaborate with us to view the ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope’, documentary has been a resounding success. All of our scheduled virtual screenings have now been booked or reserved for 2021, and we have even added some additional dates […]

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GPs attend Medcafe webinar on why relationships in practice matter

March 25, 2021

Dr Maeve Hurley, founder, and CEO of Ag Eisteacht, was honoured to be invited by the Women in Medicine in Ireland Network (WiMIN) to present a webinar on 3rd March to an audience of general practitioners and other medics via MedCafe, a series of on-line webinars for GPs.  As a member of WiMIN and a […]

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Heart of Frontline Practice group supports PSYCHED

March 23, 2021

Heart of Frontline Practice (HOFP), a collaborative initiative comprising Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and SHEP (The Social and Health Education Project) is working in alliance with PSYCHED, a Healthy Cities and Counties programme to support mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. During this month and April, HOFP is facilitating four 2-hour, free, […]

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Relationships in practice are key

March 18, 2021

On this Social Prescribing Day, we salute all frontline practitioners in healthcare, social care, education and community roles for taking a person-centred and relationship-centred approach in their work. It’s in relating that we can truly understand the thoughts, concerns, wishes and hopes of others. By being truly present and attuned, by listening actively and reflectively, […]

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Mother’s Day

March 12, 2021

On this Mothering Sunday, we bring to mind all mothers. It is a day to show our gratitude and to honour the role mothers play in our lives. But we are also mindful that this may be a difficult day for many, and not everyone will be sending or receiving a Mother’s Day card today. […]

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How to BUFFER pressure and stress during the back-to-school transition

March 1, 2021

Pressure and stress are a normal part of a teacher’s life, but as teachers and SNAs make the transition from remote teaching back to school, we are mindful of the additional stress and challenges they face as they work to re-establish connections and rebuild relationships. While the physical aspects of returning to school are essential […]

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