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 and have completed, or be in process of completing, the SHEP Certificate in Social Awareness and Community Empowerment.

How are places allocated?

Places on the course are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

How is the course structured?

The course 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 be 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 €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. A limited number of Reduced Fee places (€490) may be available for the 2020 course.  These will be allocated to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 Application Form,  and to submit it along with the course application form.  Applications will be accepted between Wednesday 4th December 2019 and Wednesday 8th January 2020.

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.

To apply:

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 course.

Download the Course Application Form and the Reduced Fee Application Form by clicking on the link below or contact SHEP for an application form.  Post your completed application form to: The Social and Health Education Project, The Old Primary School, Ardfoyle Avenue, Ballintemple, Cork.  Applications will be accepted between Wednesday 4th December 2019 and Wednesday 8th January 2020. As places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, early application is advisable to avoid disappointment.

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Download the application forms for 2020 Continuing Personal Development course here.