The Specialised Tutor Training Courses offered by SHEP cover the information content appropriate to different types of community course, along with the required skills for course delivery. Many people who complete tutor training with SHEP register as a community tutor with the Project and are available to work with groups throughout Cork and Kerry on SHEP’s Community Education for Health and Well-being Programme.

In which Specialised Tutor Training areas can I train with SHEP?

  • Caring for Our Well-being
  • Introduction to Personal Development
  • Assertive Communication for Better Relationships
  • Managing Stress in Our Daily Lives
  • Family Communication – Supporting Family Relationships
  • Bullying Awareness
  • Women’s Wellbeing
  • Men’s Wellbeing
  • Health, Wellbeing and Empowerment for Older People
  • Coping with Grief, Loss and Change In Life
  • Inter-Cultural Awareness
Only some of these courses can be offered each year, the selection being made on the basis of the prevalence of specific problems in the community, the requirements of community course organisers and the interests of prospective community tutors.

In addition to course work, those who complete a tutor training course and who wish to register as a community tutor with SHEP undertake a supervised apprenticeship in which each trainee co-facilitates a community course with an experienced community tutor.

Who can apply?

Normally, completion of the SHEP Certificate in Facilitation Course (or its equivalent) will be considered an entry requirement for any of the Practitioner Training Courses.  Places on these courses are limited and participants will be interviewed prior to selection.  In allocating places, consideration will be given to trainer-assessments.

How are the courses structured?

The courses are run in groups of c. 16 participants, working with two regular trainers. Specialised Tutor Training Courses generally involve between eighty and eighty-five hours of group-work, spread over around twenty weekly sessions of two and a half hours, and at least two week-end workshops.  Participants also spend additional time in small learning groups.

Specialised Tutor Training Courses provide participants with an opportunity for the further development of their facilitation skills, as well as of the skills specific to the design and delivery of community education courses.

The aim of the courses is to build the capacity of participants to design and safely deliver effective entry-level training courses in social and health education in community settings.  At the same time as developing their theoretical understanding, participants are expected to be prepared to explore and work on personal issues related to the topic-area of the specific course they are undertaking.

What approach is used in training?

A variety of training methodologies are used in the delivery of the Specialised Tutor Training Courses, including formal teaching, practice sessions and structured project assignments.

Some written work is generally required of participants undertaking these courses. They are required to prepare and present short inputs on relevant material.  They must also design, write-up and facilitate experiential learning sessions, and also design a community course for a particular target group. Participants are asked to record their learning during the course in a personal learning journal.  While this journal is private, at the end of the course participants are required to present to the trainers a Learning Progress Report in which they give an account of their major learnings.

Is there assessment?

Participants on all Social and Health Education Project training courses are encouraged to reflect on their experience and learning and this emphasis continues in the Specialised Tutor Training courses.  On-going self-, peer- and trainer-assessment takes place during the courses.

Towards the end of the course-work there is a process of self-assessment and trainer assessment of each participant’s readiness to go on to facilitate as an apprentice tutor.  Those who proceed to this part of the training are responsible for identifying a group to which they can deliver training.  Project staff  then nominate an experienced tutor to work alongside each apprentice. During their apprenticeships, arrangements are made for apprentices to receive periodic supervision.

Do participants receive a certificate?

A certificate will be awarded to those who complete the course satisfactorily. A high level of commitment and of attendance is expected from participants. Except in the most exceptional circumstances attendance at a minimum of 80% of both the evening sessions and of the workshop sessions will be considered essential for satisfactory completion of the course.

Working as a Community Tutor

Those who successfully complete both the Specialised Tutor training course and an apprenticeship become eligible 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.  Many tutors also work in the Community Education sector through the ETBs.

Recently Completed Specialised Tutor Training Courses:

 Specialised Tutor Training Course – Caring for Our Well-being.
This course is a new specialised tutor training course which was developed in response to a need in the community for short courses whose particular focus is supporting people to take charge of their own well-being. Most people in their lives have experience of mental and emotional distress. Sometimes, people go through periods of significant distress which affects their health and well-being. A supportive space where people are facilitated to build their resources and resilience can be very helpful. In 2013/2014, experienced SHEP tutors facilitated two pilot ‘Caring for Our Well-being’ community courses. These courses were very positively received and this new tutor training course drew on the experience of the participants and of the facilitators of these courses. Two groups have completed this tutor training – one in Cork (2014/2015) and one in Kerry (2015/2016).

 

Specialised Tutor Training Course currently in progress:

Living with Grief, Loss & Change in Life

Which Specialised Tutor Training Courses will be offered next?

January 2017: Integrated Specialised Tutor Training

The course will be open to those who have completed the SHEP Certificate in Facilitation course (previously named Generic Facilitation Skills Course or Intermediate Part Two), including those who have already completed other Specialised Tutor Training Courses and who wish to augment their training. Please see the section of the website on Integrated Specialised Tutor Training for information and the course application form.

For further information on tutor training, contact The Social and Health Education Project, Village Centre, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.

Phone: (021)-466 6180
Email queries: socialandhealth@eircom.net