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Are you a Social care worker looking for a CPD event?

June 15, 2017

ABLE is now approved for CPD purposes by Social Care Ireland. We were delighted to recently receive confirmation from the SCI CPD Working Group review panel that ABLE is relevant to the CPD needs of social care workers in Ireland. This adds to previous accreditations awarded by the Irish Association of Social Workers & the Nursing […]

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Visit our YouTube Channel for a new series of “In Conversation” Clips on Relational Health

June 15, 2017

Check out our new “In Conversation” series of short video clips on our our YouTube channel, featuring Dr. Maeve Hurley Ag Eisteacht exploring a range of relational health topics with UK Psychotherapist Susanna Abse. We invite you to use the comment box to join us in our conversation about ‘RELATIONSHIPS MATTER’ The topics include: Part 1 The role relationships […]

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Building our own Evidence Base!

June 9, 2017

Dr Sinead Hanafin, Managing Director of Research Matters has compiled a powerful & compelling report on relationships within families, communities & workplaces. ‘Relationships Matter’ displays evidence that poor relationships negatively impact on one’s health & well-being, as well as the fact that good quality relationships have a positive impact on same. “There needs to be […]

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ABLE Training LAUNCHED | POLICY MAKERS and PRACTITIONERS INVITED to VALUE and SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS in order to IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES

May 16, 2017

Ag Eisteacht’s CEO and co-founder Dr Maeve Hurley, launched the evidence informed and already accredited, relationally based training programme ABLE, to a full-house at the beautifully refurbished Nano Nagle Place on Friday last. In attendance were Cork’s Deputy Lord Mayor- Cllr. John Buttimer, invited keynote speaker Susanna Abse, Dr Sinead Hanafin of Research Matters, along […]

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ABLE4Teachers Cork Booking Link now available!

May 2, 2017

As promised in last weeks news post here is the booking link for our Teacher’s Summer Course running in Cork from the 3rd to the 7th of July. Early booking is advised as places tend to sell out quickly.  If you have any queries about ABLE4Teachers please don’t hesitate to contact us on 021-5005915.  

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ABlE4Teachers Summer Course 2017

April 27, 2017

Ag Eisteacht are delighted to continue our work with teachers this summer in Laois & Cork.  Declan & Patsy have been delivering 2 hour ABLE introductory workshops throughout the school year to Principals, teachers & SNA’s. Through delivering these & through learning from our summer course 2016 we have developed ABLE4Teachers (DES Approved) – this […]

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ABLE is coming to Limerick!

April 20, 2017

In thenext few days we are finalising numbers for our ABLE training programme in Limerick. There are still one or two places left so if you would like to experience our unique training programme head over to our Eventbrite to secure your place. ABLE stands for Adopt, Build & Boundary, Listen actively & reflectively & […]

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It’s time we officially launched ABLE!

April 12, 2017

Over 100 participants have been trained in our ABLE model so far, so it is time for the programme to be officially launched! This week many of you have gotten an invitation into your email inbox for the launch of ABLE. This will be taking place on the 12th of May from 8.30am to 10.30am […]

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ABLE accredited by the NMBI!

April 5, 2017

The NMBI (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland) have recently accredited our 3 day ABLE programme for 16.5 NMBI CEU’s (Continuing Education Units).   Thank you to Dr. Sinead Hanafin for her help in getting this accreditation through.  We’re delighted that nurses & midwives who undertake ABLE will gain CEU’s and that our training meets […]

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Ag Eisteacht team members attend CCHN meeting

March 28, 2017

Maeve, Terri and Andrea attended the recent Cork Community Health Network meeting last Thursday the 23rd of March in the Nano Nagle Place. It was great to be able to meet people from like-minded organisations committed to promoting well-being throughout Cork. There were 3 presentations given on the day using the ‘PechaKucha’ style. The three […]

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Supporting Parents of Children with Disabilities

March 23, 2017

Good quality relationships are an integral part of each individual’s health and well-being.  A survey conducted by Relate UK found over one third of parents of a child/ children with a disability were in distressed relationships. It was also found that these parents were more than twice as likely (as parents of children without a […]

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Autism and Me Documentary

March 16, 2017

This week a remarkable documentary aired on RTE. Autism and Me looked at the lives of young people living with mild to severe forms of autism.  The documentary was hugely powerful & educational. Each young person featured is unique & this highlighted the issue of generalisation of people on the autistic spectrum.  Ag Eisteacht trainers […]

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017

“Our mission is to enhance front line workers’ capacity to engage with and support clients, particularly those in distress. We provide evidence-based training that develops and strengthens this process.”  The theme of this year’s International Women’s day is ‘be bold for change’.   Here at Ag Eisteacht we aspire to a positive change for women who […]

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Ag Eisteacht is compliant with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland

March 8, 2017

All Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations have a responsibility to provide and follow a code of good practice when it comes to how their organisations are run, directed and controlled. The Good Governance Code: a Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community Voluntary and Charitable Organisations of Ireland is based on five main principles, […]

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ABLE accredited by the IASW

February 28, 2017

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW ) CPD Committee has accredited our 3 day ABLE training as relevant to the social work profession for CPD purposes.  We are delighted to have received confirmation that our ABLE programme is now accredited by the IASW. ABLE is designed to build on social worker’s existing skills and […]

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Relationships Matter!

February 16, 2017

The evidence is indisputable. Good quality relationships have a positive effect on the quality of life and poor quality relationships have a negative effect. Relationships impact on every aspect of people’s lives – their health, wellbeing, ability to live independently, to engage with family and friends, participate in society and to enjoy life to its […]

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Maeve delivers workshops with GP Registrars

February 9, 2017

As you may know Ag Eisteacht’s CEO Maeve Hurley is a GP by profession & worked in general practice in both Cork & the UK. It was during Maeve’s time in the UK that she became interested in relational well-being & how it can enhance a front-line practitioner’s work with patients. In turn Maeve delivers […]

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Ag Eisteacht airs on Limerick radio!

February 6, 2017

Prior to our recent successful Active Listening course in Limerick, Declan & Thérèse spoke to Derry O’Malley host of ‘Headspace’, a programme on Limerick City Community Radio, which discusses various aspects of positive mental health & well-being. Limerick is a busy area for the Ag Eisteacht team at the moment- we are delighted to be running an […]

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Ag Eisteacht AGM & Appointment of New Chair​

January 26, 2017

Ag Eisteacht held its annual AGM on Tuesday in Northridge Hose, Mahon.  We are delighted to announce the election of the new Chair of the Ag Eisteacht Board – Donncha Casey – and can confirm that our directors for the coming year are: ​Patsy Atkinson, Donncha Casey, Brendan Cunningham, Johanna Fitzpatrick, Maeve Hurley, and Kathy […]

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Infant mental health

January 19, 2017

Our newly developed ABLE Training programme includes a module on Infant Mental Health.  Infant mental health is defined as:“the developing capacity of the infant (from birth to 3 years of age) to experience, express, and regulate emotions; form close and secure relationships; and explore the environment and learn—all in the context of cultural expectations”  (Zero […]

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