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 allows for the further exploration of issues which have a bearing on personal effectiveness. 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 course aims to support participants to bring the learning out into their lives and relationships.

Who may apply?

Those applying for the training course should normally have satisfactorily completed the SHEP Certificate in Personal Development (or its equivalent).

How are places allocated?

Places on the course are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to those who have completed the SHEP Foundation Programme (i.e. both Part 1 – the SHEP Cert in Personal Development and Part 2 – The SHEP Cert in Social Awareness and Community Empowerment).

How is the course structured?

The course  normally runs over c. 28 weeks with weekly 2½ -hour sessions. In addition to the weekly sessions, the course entails participation in 6 day-long workshops. The course begins in late January/early February and ends in November/early December.   There is a break over the summer months. The maximum number of participants is usually fourteen to allow adequate time for deep exploration of personal issues.

Indicative Course Elements:

  • Group building
  • Better communication
  • Deepening relationships
  • Strengthening my sense of self
  • Confidence-building
  • Relating healthily to my feelings and emotions
  • Understanding other people better
  • Developing trust
  • Exploring my blocks to fuller living
  • Understanding and healing old wounds
  • Freeing up old unhelpful patterns
  • Caring for my well-being
  • Developing my emotional intelligence
  • Envisioning of life possibilities for myself
  • Taking responsibility for my life
  • Review of learning – future learning and support needs

SHEP stresses the importance of tailoring its courses to the specific needs of different participant groups so the programme outlined here would therefore be necessary to modify once the distinct needs of those participating are known. These topics will not be addressed in a pre-structured manner, but as they arise from group participants’ exploration of their personal and interpersonal experience, both in the group and in their lives generally.

What is the cost of the course?

The Continuing Personal Development Course fee is normally €790. This fee is payable before taking up a place, although SHEP is willing to make payment plans with participants to spread the payments over the duration of the course. Depending on grant funding, a limited number of concessions/bursaries (usually €300) may be available.

Do participants receive a certificate?

A certificate will be awarded to those who complete the course satisfactorily. 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.

Does the course lead on to further training?

Those who successfully complete the course may apply to continue training with SHEP in the Facilitation or Specialised Practitioner Training Courses as appropriate.

Next Courses: Open Now for Applications

Subject to numbers, two groups  will start in Spring 2021. The course will be adapted because of COVID. €300 concession/bursary given to all offered a place (i.e. for 2021 there is a special reduced fee of €490.  A payment plan is available for those who wish to pay in instalments.. No deposit required. Indicative group size:  12-14. Closing Date: Monday 8th February

Group 1 – Tuesday Evenings

Venue: Fully on-line

Facilitators: Marian Crowley & Áine Finn

Weekly sessions: 25 Tuesday evenings, 7.30– 10.00 pm (& six weekend days).

Starting: 2nd March 2021

Finishing:  14th December 2021

Group 2 – Wednesday Evenings

Venue: On-line  until Summer/Blended after Summer if possible (in-person sessions in Cork City)

Facilitators:  George Wallace & Una Good

Weekly sessions: 25 Wednesday evenings, 7.30 – 10.00 pm (& six weekend days).

Starting:  3rd March 2021

Finishing:  15th December 2021

Schedules and Application form:

2021 Cork Cont PD Group 1 (Schedule)


2021 Cork Cont PD Group 2 (Schedule)

Application Form Cont PD Cork 2021