Training

Training programmes for service providers and health professionals funded by the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme:

Crisis pregnancy counselling skills

For: Crisis pregnancy counsellors

A 100-hour, 4-module, in-service training course designed to support individuals working in a paid or voluntary capacity to further enhance their crisis pregnancy counselling skills and to set standards of good practice in their organisations, run by NUI Maynooth.

It is important to emphasise that this is not a therapeutic course. It does not offer a professional qualification in counselling. For further information click here, or contact the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme Funding Officer at (01) 8146292 or email info@crisispregnancy.ie

Masterclasses for supporting an unplanned pregnancy

For: Health Professionals, teachers, youth workers and others who might encounter someone with an unplanned pregnancy in the course of their work

Do you encounter clients with an unplanned pregnancy? If so the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme in conjunction with the Department of Adult and Community Education, National University of Ireland Maynooth has developed the following Masterclasses which may be of interest to you. They will be held over the period October-December 2014 in Cork and Maynooth.

Masterclass 1: Termination: Dealing with complex issues

3rd October 2014 10am-4.30pm-Cork City

Masterclass 2: Law and Crisis Pregnancy Counselling

7th November 2014 10am- 4.30pm-Maynooth

Masterclass 3: Advanced Counselling Skills

12th December 2014 10am-4.30pm-Maynooth

The aim of these Masterclasses is to create an opportunity for professionals to gain more in-depth knowledge and skills to resource them in managing the challenges that can present around supporting women, their partners and families around unplanned pregnancy. The Masterclasses will provide a supportive and informative space for dialogue and reflection to help strengthen professionals’ work in the broad field of crisis pregnancy. These Masterclasses further support the work of the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme in the area of quality and standards development in the broad field of supporting clients with unplanned pregnancy.

Note: Venues and CPD points to be confirmed closer to the time. The fee is €30.00 per Masterclass (including a light lunch).

Masterclass brochure and application form

The brochure and application form are also available from: Kay Loughlin at Department of Adult and Community Education, Tel 01 7086062 or Email: kay.loughlin@nuim.ie

Early booking is advisable as places are limited.

Training in Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) 

For: GPs

The Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme supported the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to roll out a new training programme for primary healthcare professionals in methods and use of LARC. Research from the UK found that LARC can be effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies. In 2008 the Programme (then the Crisis Pregnancy Agency) partnered with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) to support the design and piloting of an independent, externally accredited training programme for primary healthcare professionals in the use of all methods of LARC. This pilot represented the initiation of the first such accredited training programme in Ireland. The programme worked to ensure standardised teaching and training and also included a framework for re-accreditation to ensure that standards are maintained.

Over 100 new tutors were trained in LARC through additional grant funding provided by the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme to the ICGP in 2012 (part-funding model), which will facilitate the continued roll-out of this training to GPs and family planning practitioners nationwide. For further details click here.

Leave it till later training course

For: Those working with young people in a youthwork, out-of-school or non-formal education setting

This National Youth Council of Ireland course explores the concept of delaying early sex among young people, including causes and effects of early sex, the influence of the media and peer pressure, and helping young people to build healthy relationships and make positive decisions for themselves.

This course is offered in conjunction with the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme’s b4uDecide campaign.

For further details click here or contact the National Youth Council of Ireland Training Administrator on (01) 478 4122 or email training@nyci.ie

REAL U Training (Relationships Explored and Life Uncovered)

For: Those working with young people aged 12 – 18 in a groupwork setting

An interactive 2-day training course on a relationships and sexuality education programme manual from Foróige, the youth development organisation. The training includes an input from a qualified medical professional on the topic of contraception. The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland will also contribute to the training by facilitating the module they developed for the manual.

The REAL U manual is a personal development and sex education programme aimed at equipping young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop healthy relationships and delay the onset of early sexual activity. For further details click here or contact Foróige’s Best Practice Unit on 01 7007429 or email bestpractice@foroige.ie

Training for trainers course on culturally appropriate relationship and sexual health education to traveller organisations.

For: Youth services

This course, run by Pavee Point Traveller Centre on a regional basis, offers training for trainers to youth services on culturally appropriate relationship and sexual health education for Travellers, in the context of Traveller ethnicity and gender equality. The course incorporates personal development, awareness-raising and skills development for participants while promoting Traveller ethnicity and gender equality.

For further details contact Pavee Point on (01) 8780255 or email info@pavee.ie.

I am here 4 U

For: Foster parents

A new one-day training programme devised by IFCA in partnership with the National Parents Council and funded by the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme. This programme informs foster parents on how to speak to their fostered young people on relationships and sexuality.

For further details click here or contact training@ifca.ie.

Toolkit: Establishing and Managing a Crisis Pregnancy Counselling Service – A resource for both newly established and existing crisis pregnancy counselling services.

For: Crisis pregnancy counselling services

The toolkit gives a framework and guidelines to assist crisis pregnancy counselling services with planning, management, service delivery and operational processes. Guidance and information relating to good governance, strategic planning and consistency in delivery are the pillars that underpinned the concept, development and content of the resource. Copies of the ‘Toolkit’ are available to State-funded crisis pregnancy counselling services.

For further information about this resource contact the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme Funding Officer 01 8146292 / info@crisispregnancy.ie

View a list of services funded by the Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme to provide training to a range of target groups: List of funding training services

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