SHEP Certificate in Continuing Personal Development
The Continuing Personal Development Course is intended for those who wish to continue with personal development work in a group setting. It is one of the key offerings of our On-going Personal Development Programme. The course aims to enable participants to develop the awareness, life-skills and confidence they need to move forward constructively with their lives. Working at both the personal and interpersonal level, the intention is toÂ support participants to bring the learning out into their lives and relationships.
The course will involve 25 weekly sessions plus 6 weekend days. We normally organise one or two courses per year – usually commencing in the Early Spring. Depending on the year, we offer fully in person, fully on-line or blended options.
The number of participants is usually around fourteen.
Who may apply?
Those applying for the training course should normally have satisfactorily completed the SHEP Certificate in Personal Development (or its equivalent).
Those who are seeking â€˜Recognition of Prior Learningâ€™ (RPL) â€“ in lieu of SHEP training â€“ should give details of their equivalent training in their application.
It is not necessary to have completed SHEP Foundation Part 2 (Social Awareness & Community Empowerment). However, if the demand exceeds places preference will be given to those who have completed the SHEP Foundation Programme (Parts 1 & 2).
You can apply if you are finishing off other SHEP courses.
NB: You can also apply if you have previouslyÂ completed SHEP Continuing PD (you can participate in this course a number of times). However, if it is over-subscribed we will give preference to those who have not completed Continuing PD before.
How are places allocated?
Priority will be given to those who have completed the SHEP Foundation Programme (i.e. both Part 1 – the SHEP Certificate in Personal Development and Part 2 – The SHEP Certificate in Social Awareness and Community Empowerment).
‘The date of receipt of applications will be taken into account (therefore applying early is advantageous) . The quality of the application will also be taken into account (and it is important the applications forms are completed fully).
How is the course structured?
This course is a personal development programme, facilitated to support deep exploration of personal issues.Â The programme is not a therapy group. It is less structured than the SHEP Certificate in Personal Development, but it still uses structured exercises to support personal learning.
The course usually runs from late February/early March to early December. There is a break over the summer months. In addition to the weekly (2Â½ -hour) sessions, the course entails participation in 6 day-long workshops.
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