The SHEP Certificate in Social Awareness and Community Empowerment

(Foundation Part 2)

a journey to transformation… understanding yourself… transforming your world.

social awareness and community empowerment

This course offers you ongoing personal development towards becoming more involved in community. In a supportive, friendly, non-judgmental learning environment, you can grow in awareness of how we relate and co-operate in groups.  It’s a place to explore how we are shaped by the society we grow up in and how we, in turn, shape society through our lives and actions.

Some of the Themes explored

  • roles and behaviours
  • development education
  • dealing with conflict constructively
  • styles, skills and strengths in leadership
  • intercultural relationships
  • why society is the way it is now
  • understanding the ‘systems’ we live with (economical, political etc.)
  • power
  • social justice
  • caring for the earth
  • what the important issues are in our community and what we can do

Approach used

Personal, supportive, non-academic…  through listening, reflecting and sharing, participants find meaning and gain knowledge from their own experience and the group becomes a learning community.  This helps people to learn new skills, new attitudes or even entirely new ways of thinking. There are no exams!

Entry Requirements

No special prior qualifications are needed, just an interest in community, a willingness to use critical thinking and to interact with others. People on the course come from all sorts of backgrounds, meet as equals, learn from each other, become empowered and begin to dissolve social and cultural barriers.

Progression to further training

This course along with the SHEP Certificate in Personal Development, together comprise SHEP’s Foundation level of training. Graduates of the foundation level can go on to do further training with the Social and Health Education Project, including training courses in Group Facilitation, and other SHEP’s practitioner trainings.

For Further Information

  • Cork Phone Number:     (021) 466 6180
  • Kerry Phone Number     (087) 772 8089
  • Limerick Phone Number  (085) 8626844/086-1451408

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Next Courses

Due to the public health situation, SHEP continues to adapt our range of courses to a mix of in-person and on-line delivery. Our next SACE courses will  commence in Autumn 2022. Expression of interest can be emailed to or to

The indicative course profile (2021 material) is detailed below.