Relationships matter. Evidence shows that relationships are a key social determinant of our health and wellbeing, acting as both a buffer and a risk factor in our lives.
When it comes to frontline practice, the quality of the relationships built in healthcare, social care and education settings has a direct impact on health and wellbeing outcomes.
We want to support every frontline practitioners’ understanding of the transformative impact of quality relationships in practice.
But really ‘being there’ for a patient, client or service user when they want to express their concerns or troubles is a big ask, particularly when services are under so much pressure today.
Time constraints, worries about professional boundaries and even fear of saying the wrong thing can sometimes limit our ability to respond and be fully tuned in.
You may also feel that you might be expected to come up with solutions, taking you beyond your role, your competency and boundaries.
This is only natural. Many of the 4,000 frontline practitioners whom we have trained to date have felt the same.
When coping with others’ stress and emotions, sometimes it’s easier not to go there for all sorts of reasons, whether it is time limitations or feeling out of one’s depth.
What our ABLE (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower) brief intervention model does is give you the skills, knowledge and a framework to follow during every brief interaction so that you have the confidence to make the most of that time.
To quote Dr Karen Treisman, specialist clinical psychologist, trainer and author: “Every interaction is an intervention”.
Imagine how empowering it would be for you and those you are supporting if those ten or fifteen minutes of ‘turned to’ time could be maximised for better outcomes for you and your clients?
Think about the difference it would make to your wellbeing by knowing how to manage your time and boundaries and to be able to draw a conversation to a close in a way that leaves the door open for future interactions.
By sharing the four steps of ABLE, we support you in placing quality relationships at the heart of your practice while looking after your own wellbeing too. See our upcoming training dates here.