Relationships in Practice is a collaboration between Ag Eisteacht Foundation and Social and Health Education Project (SHEP).The Relationships in Practice Programme is informed by a vision of Ireland where all practitioners are empowered with the self-awareness, skills and resources to respond in a sensitive and focused way when someone turns to them for help, particularly during times of change or relational distress.

Established (as Ag Eisteacht) in 2001 by Dr Maeve Hurley, a former GP, the Relationships in Practice Programme has become Irelands leading provider of relationship-centred communication training, upskilling over 4,000 frontline practitioners to date. Ag Eisteacht is the Irish word for listening a key competency in building relationships in practice.

From January 2022 Relationships in Practice will be a collaboration between Ag Eisteacht Foundation and Social and Health Education Project (SHEP). There are four strands in the programme: evidence informed training, advocacy, collaboration and evaluation.

The evidence-informed training courses develop practitioners self-awareness, interpersonal skills, insight and knowledge so that they can support and empower individuals and families

What continues to inspire me is the feedback and case studies we receive from practitioners illustrating how the Relationships in Practice training has enhanced their ability to relate, communicate and understand others – the gift that is to both client and practitioner.

Dr Maeve Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht and the Relationships in Practice Programme

The programme provides the reflective space, tools, insight and understanding to support knowledge in the field of relationships in practice – to build capacity in frontline practice to nurture quality relationships in practice and to support practitioners understanding of how relationships are a key contributor to health and well-being.

The ABLE training model also provides a framework to help practitioners to manage their time and boundaries for their own wellbeing.

All of us in SHEP are really excited about this new collaboration with Ag Eisteacht Foundation. We SHEP have long been admirers of the Relationships in Practice programme that Maeve and the team have developed and delivered over the years. We are honoured to be involved in the next chapter of the Programme which fits very well along side and complements the SHEP training programme. We are confident that this new collaboration will be a very effective and dynamic way to continue to support practitioners working in health, education and other settings with quality, evidence-informed relational training

Jim Sheehan  Director, SHEP

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