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.Cork (2014/2015)
- Specialised Tutor Training Course – Caring for Our Well-being. Kerry (2015/2016)
- Living with Grief, Loss & Change in Life (2017)
For further information on tutor training, contact The Social and Health Education Project, Ardfoyle Avenue, Ballintemple, Cork.Phone: (021)-466 6180
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