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Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice

December 22, 2020

(Originally published December 12th, 2019) We are delighted to announce that we are collaborating with Caidreamh and SHEP to host a one-day, innovative seminar for frontline practitioners and managers on Thursday 21st May 2020 from 9am-4pm at Northridge House, Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork. The seminar marks the first step of a new initiative exploring focused […]

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A star in the making

December 17, 2020

The time has come to wish Stacey Walsh, our Communications and Relations Executive, the very best as she leaves Ag Eisteacht today to take the next step on her career journey.   Stacey joined us in early 2018, bringing over five years’ sales and customer service experience with her, following a BSc degree in International Development […]

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Dr Maeve Hurley to present keynote speech at OMEP Ireland Conference 2019

December 16, 2020

Originally published on December 6th, 2019.  On Saturday 9th November, Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, will present a keynote speech at OMEP Ireland’s annual conference at Cork Institute of Technology. OMEP is an international, non-governmental and non-profit organisation concerned with all aspects of early childhood education and care. The title of this year’s […]

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Tuning into audiologists to support reflective practice

December 9, 2020

Originally published on November 28th, 2019.  ‘ABLE2Listen’, our bespoke training course specifically designed for audiologists, has been approved for 16.5 CPD points by The Irish Academy of Audiology (IAA), the professional body for audiologists in Ireland, for its members.  The course was also shortlisted under the ‘Patient Organisation Project of the Year’ category in the […]

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Virtual Seminar Highlights Need for Further Frontline Support

December 7, 2020

‘Reconnecting with the Heart of Frontline Practice’, a virtual seminar for frontline practitioners held on Thursday 26th November attracted an audience of doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals, as well as teachers, social workers and practitioners in community-based roles. Organised by Dr Maeve Hurley from Ag Eisteacht, Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan and Jim Sheehan […]

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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

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 practice. Nael joined Nasc in October […]

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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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