This course integrates what were previously three stand-alone Specialised Tutor Training Courses: Introduction to Personal Development, Assertive Communication for Better Relationships and Managing Stress in Our Daily Lives, whilst introducing additional elements designed to provide a solid preparation for work as a Community Tutor.  In addition, the course provides participants with a very significant opportunity to continue their personal development work in the context of practitioner training.

There are three parts to the course.  Part One offers participants a personal grounding in the topic areas covered in the course.  Part Two focuses on facilitation training in Assertive Communication, Stress Management and Personal Development. The emphasis in Part Three is on facilitation practice and on specific issues pertaining to work as a Community Tutor. All three parts include session and course design training.  A variety of training methodologies is used, including experiential group work, formal teaching, practice sessions and structured project assignments.

The course involves some written work. Participants are asked to record their learning in a Learning Journal, which they use to prepare Learning Progress Reports.  They also develop a portfolio of course designs, as well as undertaking an end-of-course written assignment.
Towards the end of the course-work, there is self-, peer- and trainer assessment of each participant’s readiness to go on to an apprenticeship experience.  Those who proceed to this part of the training are responsible for identifying a group to whom they can deliver training. Project staff nominate an experienced tutor to work alongside each apprentice.  During their apprenticeships, arrangements are made for apprentices to receive periodic supervision.

Successful completion of both the Integrated Specialised Tutor Training course and the apprenticeship enables participants to register as Community Tutors with The Social and Health Education Project and to deliver courses through its Community Education for Health and Well-being Programme. (Please note that the Project cannot guarantee availability of work as a Community Tutor.)   Previous participants have also found the course to be an invaluable preparation for related work in other settings.

Who may apply for this course?

The course will be open to those who have completed the SHEP Certificate in Facilitation Course (or equivalent), including those who have already completed other Specialised Tutor Training Courses and who wish to augment their training.

How are participants selected for this course?

Participants are selected on the basis of their application forms and the information they share at interview.  In allocating places, consideration is given to the assessments made by SHEP Certificate in Facilitation course trainers.

Where is the course held?

In 2017/2018, the course will be held in The Social and Health Education Project training rooms in Bessborough, Cork

How long does the course last?

This integrated course will run on Wednesday nights from late January/early February to early June in the following year. It involves c. 56 weekly evening sessions, each lasting two and a half hours, five weekends (Saturdays and Sundays 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.) and eleven one-day workshops.

How many training hours does it involve?

The course involves c. 268 hours training time and an additional 54 hours in learning/practice groups.

What much does the course cost?

The indicative fee for this course in 2017-2018 is €1,790. A limited number of reduced fee (€790) places may be available. Please read the ‘Important Information on SHEP Fees, Reduced Fees, Funded Places and Payment Methods’ here.  To apply for a reduced fee place, it is necessary to complete a Reduced Fee/Funded Place Application Form,  and to submit it along with the course application form.  Download the Reduced Fee/Funded Place Application Form here.   Reduced fee places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants.  For this reason, early application is advisable.  (Applications open on Friday Dec. 9th 2016.)

When will this course run next?

January 2017 – June 2018 in Cork.

Closing date for application:

Applications will be accepted between Friday 9th December 2016 and Monday 9th January 2017.  Download the course application form here.