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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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Declan gives a speech to members of the Southern Law Association Association

December 7, 2015

Declan Cunningham, Ag Eisteacht4Business Trainer and Coordinator, delivered a speech to members of the Southern Law Association as part of their CPD hours.  Declan emphasised the benefit of building on our natural skills to improve our communication with colleagues. By giving colleagues the gift of time, which can be as little as 5 minutes, to […]

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Growing up in Ireland Annual Research Conference

December 4, 2015

Ag Eisteacht attended the Growing up in Ireland Annual Research conference and report launch which was held in Dublin Castle yesterday. There were a number of presentations on theday, which were based on the child and infant cohorts of the Growing up in Ireland Study. Researchers looked at a number of areas which are impacting […]

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Declan Cunningham speaks with Kfm

December 4, 2015

Declan speaks with Ciara Plunkett about the Ag Eisteacht4Business survey, which found that a lack of listening at management level has a negative impact on employee productivity. You can listen to the discussion by clicking the link below.  Declan Cunningham, Ag Eisteacht4Business co-ordinator speaks to Ciara Plunkett from Kfm

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IASCW CPD Endorsement of Brief Encounters 3 Day Training

December 2, 2015

  ANNOUNCEMENT: 3 Day Brief Encounters Training – Endorsed by the IASCW as relevant to the CPD requirements of Social Care Workers. We are delighted to have been notified by the Social Care Ireland CPD Worksing Group that our 3 Day Brief Encounters Training has been endorsed by the Irish Association of Social Care Workers. […]

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Hands up for Children Awareness Morning

November 27, 2015

Ag Eisteacht hosted an event to raise awareness for the Hands Up For Children campaign, which seeks to influence political decision makers to increase Prevention and Early Intervention services in the new programme for government. Our CEO, Maeve Hurley opened up the morning, by highlighting our commitment in the Irish constitution that we “shall cherish […]

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Argue Better Together

November 16, 2015

Ag Eisteacht has entered the Wheels Better Together Video Competition with a video called ‘Argue Better Together’, which looks at how children are affected by  their parents arguing.  Please watch it and vote for us here! Update: This competition is now closed – thank you for voting for us!     

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A walk in Elizabeth’s Fort

October 20, 2015

The Ag Eisteacht team went out for coffee and a walk along the walls of Elizabeth’s Fort to enjoy the crisp Autumn fresh air and views of Cork City. Appreciating these little things is one of the ways we like to improve well-being in our offices!

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Hands up for Children Awareness Morning

October 16, 2015

 Hands up for Children is an initiative from the Prevention and Early Intervention network which calls for children to be a priority in the upcoming elections. This campaign has set out 5 Thriving Childhood Principles, which urges those in power to make decisions which support prevention and early intervention in order to improve childhood outcomes. […]

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