Practitioner Training – Applied Facilitation in Community & Organisational Settings including
- Reflective Practice for Practitioners
- Participatory Methods for Communities & Organisations
- Leadership in the Community (QQI Level 6)
(1) Reflective Practice for Practitioners (Volunteers & Professional workers)
This open-access and stand-alone SHEP course, is designed to create a place to reflect on practice for people active in their communities who have a commitment to enabling social change and working towards a socially just and inclusive world. Participants will share in the creation of a space that facilitates an exploration of the assumptions, values, beliefs and feelings that underpin participants’ ways of being active in their respective settings. This course entails 30 contact hours through group time – 9 sessions (approximately one per month from February to December.
This open-access SHEP programme uses the ‘Critical Reflection’ model (Fook & Gardner, 2007) and will be of interest to a wide range of practitioners, (volunteers or paid) involved in a various roles in communities, service organisations or social service agencies (e.g. education, youth and community work, social work, childcare, health-care etc).
Courses in 2018
It is planned to run three open access Reflective Practice for Practitioners course again in 2018 in Cork and Kerry to commence in February 2018. Through the collaboration with, and support of the Bon Secours Community Initiative Fund and Cork Volunteer Centre, these courses are being offered in Cork and Kerry at a highly subisided participant fee of €45 (which covers a personal contribution and the cost of the course book).
There are two options:
Option 1: Open to all Volunteer or Paid practitioners – One group in Cork and one group in Kerry
Option 2: Inter-Agency group for Volunteers or Paid practitioners who are presently in, or aiming to take on, inter-agency practice roles (one group in Cork)
Open for Application date – 13th December 2017
Latest date for Applications 17th January 2018
The course brochure and application form are available now. Enquiries and applications are curently being taken for the 2018 programme, on 021 4666180.
Deirdre O’Sullivan & Francis Day (Kerry open group – most likely running in Tralee)
Denise Cahill and Karen O’Mullane (Cork open group – most likely running in Ballincollig)
Bernie Jeffery & Liam Mc Carthy (Cork Inter-Agency group – most likely running on Wednesday nights in Cork Volunteer Centre, Cork City Centre)
For Further Information contact the course coordinator Liam Mc Carthy or the main SHEP number on (021) 4666 180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses in 2017
For the first time Reflective Practice for Practitioners commenced in the Waterford area in 2017. This open-access SHEP CPD programme uses the ‘Critical Reflection’ model (Fook & Gardner, 2007) and will be of interest to a wide range of practitioners, (volunteers or paid) involved in a various roles in communities, service organisations or social service agencies (e.g. education, youth and community work, social work, childcare, health-care etc).
There are two strands:
Strand 1: Open Group: Any Practitioner (Thursday mornings)
Strand 2: Team Leaders/ Supervisors/Principals/ Managers Group (Thursday afternoons)
Venue: The Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Mt Sion, Barrack St, Waterford City.
Facilitators: Beatrice Barry Murphy and Jim Sheehan.
This course is partially subsided through the support of the HSE but we are reliant on generating sufficient fee income to run this course. In order to make it accessible, there will be a sliding scale course fee, as follows.
Standard Fee: €290: for paid staff whose organisations will pay the fee.
Reduced Fee: €150: for paid staff where funding support is not available from the employing organisation.
Reduced Fee: €90: Volunteers with small organisations; and other applicants with exceptional circumstances.
(2) Participatory Methods for Communities and Organisations (QQI Level 6)
The third practitioner component course in this Practitioner Training Programme, will be ‘Participatory Methods for Communities and Organisations’. This open Access and QQI Level 6 accredited course was successfully deliveryed (March 2017 – June 2017) with very positive feed. The next offering of this course is in Spring 2019. For further information you can contact Liam McCarthy at email@example.com.
(3) Leadership in the
Community: An Introduction (QQI Level 6 Component Award)
We are all leaders in one way or another – in our family, in our community, in our society – and leadership has never been so important. This open-access SHEP course is an introduction to leadership in the community and is accredited by QQI (Level 6: 15 FET Credits). It will be of interest to a wide variety of people, including those already involved in leadership roles in a voluntary or paid capacity and those interested in supporting other people through leadership. It is open to those who have already trained with SHEP and to those who are new to SHEP. The course is part-time but intensive. There are usually around 18 participants. The course involves approximately 20 evening sessions and five day-long sessions (80 contact hours). It is envisaged that this course will be offered by SHEP every three years.
This course was delivered for the first time in Cork City in early 2016 with sponsorship from CESCA.
At present it is planned to offer this course again to commence in Spring 2020. For further information you can contact Jim Sheehan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHEP has recently reconfigured our third practitioner training programme which is now called the SHEP Certificate in Applied Facilitation in Community & Organisational Settings. The aim of this part-time programme is to resource local communities and organisations by supporting programme participants to become more active citizens through leadership and facilitation. Participants on the programme will come from varying backgrounds of voluntary and professional practice across the Community and Voluntary Sector. The training programme will enhance participants’ capacity to contribute, from their current practice setting, to growth and development in their community and organisational context.
The programme is an innovative mix of experiential and Level 6 QQI-accredited courses. There are six components in this practitioner training programme. Each component is a separate SHEP course which leads to certification in its own right. The programme requires completion of the two SHEP foundation courses, the SHEP Certificate in Facilitation, as well as the successful completion of three new practitioner component courses – Introduction to Leadership in the Community (QQI Level 6); the SHEP Certificate in Reflective Practice for Social Justice; and Participatory Methods for Communities & Organisations (QQI Level 6):
|Name of Component||OpenAccess?||Main Learning Approach||Type of component||Contact Hours||Offered|
|SHEP Certificate in Personal Development||√||Experiential group-work||Foundation course||120||Yearly|
|SHEP Certificate in Social Awareness & Community Empowerment||√||Experiential group-work||Foundation course||78||Yearly|
|SHEP Certificate in Facilitation||Primarily Experiential group-work||Intermediate course– requires prior completion of both foundation courses||111||Yearly|
|Leadership in the Community: An Introduction||√||Variety of Participatory approaches*||Practitioner component course(QQI Level 6)||72||Every two years|
|SHEP Certificate in Reflective Practice for Social Justice||√||Primarily Experiential Group Work||Practitioner component course||30||Every year|
|Participatory Methods for Communities & Organisations (commencing 2015 subject to QQI approval)||√||Variety of Participatory approaches*||Practitioner component course(QQI Level 6)||75||Every two years|
*for example experiential group work, guided reading, reflective writing, learning groups, skills development, submitted assignments, inputs.
A key feature of this programme is that each component course in the practitioner programme is a complete and self-contained course and there is no obligation or requirement to do the full practitioner training.
This practitioner training programme is designed so that those interested can complete it at their own pace. The entire practitioner training programme may be completed in four and a half years – though a participant may take considerably longer to complete the entire programme, according to individual circumstances.
- For those who have already completed the SHEP Certificate in Facilitation, the remainder of the programme (i.e. the three practitioner component courses) may be completed in two calendar years, though a participant may choose to complete them over a longer time-frame.
- The Foundation courses and the Facilitation course will be offered in Cork each year.
- The Applied Facilitation practitioner component courses will normally be offered by SHEP on a two-year cycle. It is intended to offer the Reflective Practice for Social Justice course in both Cork and Kerry each year.
- The Leadership course and the Participatory Methods for Communities and Organisations course will initially be available only in Cork.
Finally, Recognition of Prior Learning will be available to those who have completed training elsewhere which is equivalent to the SHEP foundation or facilitation training.