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“With effective training it is possible to build a relationally capable workforce that is relationally-minded, can identify the signs of difficulties, respond appropriately and promote ways of protecting and strengthening relationships.”

Coleman et al 2013

Relationships matter. Relationships in practice matter.

Studies shows that practitioners’ ability to listen, understand and empathise impacts on health and wellbeing outcomes. We help you to develop those skills.

Our accredited ABLE training courses include emerging scientific insights from the fields of Relationship Theory, Infant Mental Health, Childhood Development and Interpersonal Neurobiology to help you understand what may be going on for service users.

Our courses have been developed in response to feedback and evaluations from our trainers, participants and commissioners. Each course is tailored for specific practitioners, with relevant scenarios and content to help you to identify with situations in your routine work.

ABLE is a brief intervention model to help you to understand how you might support someone who turns to you for help.

What is ABLE?

ABLE is a training model to help you to understand how you might use five to ten minutes of your time to support someone who turns to you for help.

Who is it for?

Any frontline practitioner working in healthcare, social care or education in community or voluntary roles.

What does ABLE give you?

  1. Interpersonal skills and knowledge to help build your confidence in engaging with service users so that you can develop relationships of trust.
  2. A framework to manage your boundaries of time, role and competence during difficult interactions so that you can look after your own wellbeing.

Continuous Professional Development

Our three-day ABLE brief intervention training provides 16.5 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. We welcome opportunities to apply for accreditation with relevant bodies.

For further information please contact Susan O’ Mahony, our Relationships and Operations Manager: [email protected]

Commissioned Training

We work in partnership with you to tailor our evidence-informed ABLE training courses to meet your needs and sector.

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How our helps you/your organisation

A new framework for managing difficult interactions.

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How our training helps service users

The gift of time, attention and respect.

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ABLE learning aims

Clearly defined learning aims to support your professional development.

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Evaluated training

We monitor all of our training via qualitative and quantitative feedback in line with best practice.

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Commissioned Training

Let us help you to embed a relationship-centred approach in your organisation.

We work in partnership with you to tailor our evidence-informed ABLE training courses to meet your needs and sector.

Our courses are facilitated by two licensed trainers who work sensitively with your teams to maximise learning outcomes.

Like all of our courses, evaluation is via qualitative and quantitative feedback, with pre- and post-course questionnaires completed by all participants.

We deliver our commissioned courses virtually or at our head office in Cork or a venue of your choice.

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How our training helps service users

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ABLE learning aims

Use the skills of our ABLE model in daily practice

Our training courses will give you a new process for managing situations with distressed service users. It will help you to see how you might use five to ten minutes of brief intervention to support someone while still looking after your own work, time and wellbeing.

Identify challenges service users may have in building supportive relationships

Our training shares insights into what research tells us about key moments in life such as Infant Mental Health, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Attachment and Conflict. We also highlight the key stages and changes in relationships which can help you to make sense of your clients’ stories and help to normalise things for them and give them clarity.

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Evaluated training

Findings from our ABLE Training 2016 – 2019

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“I wanted to develop my relational capacity so that I could really be there for people by being present and attuned. True connection comes from trusting and earning trust, and I found that the ABLE model covered all elements of the journey to better relationships in a very user-friendly and mindful way.”

Community Development Co-ordinator, The Lantern Project

100% of our participants said they would use the skills of the brief intervention model ABLE regularly in practice.

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