ABLE Training Courses

Building strong communication and relationships supports meaningful interactions, with benefits for service providers, patients, families and children. We also support you in managing your boundaries for your own wellbeing.

Our ABLE brief intervention model is at the core of all of our training courses at Ag Eisteacht.

Relationships matter and relationships in practice matter. Studies show that practitioners’ ability to listen, understand and empathise impacts on health and wellbeing outcomes. We help you to develop those skills.

Our accredited ABLE training courses include established and emerging scientific insights from the fields of Relationship Theory, Infant Mental Health, Childhood Development and Interpersonal Neurobiology to help you understand what may be going on for service users. Our courses have been developed in response to feedback and evaluation from our trainers, participants and commissioners. Each course is tailored for specific practitioners, with relevant scenarios and content to help you to identify with situations in your daily practice.

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ABLE Training Courses

ABLE brief intervention training for frontline practitioners working in the healthcare, education, social, youth, disability and community sectors.

ABLE is a brief intervention model to help you to understand how you might support someone who turns to you for help.

Who is it for?

Any frontline practitioner working in healthcare, education, social, youth, disability and community or voluntary roles.

What does our training give you?

    1. Interpersonal skills and knowledge to help build your confidence in engaging with service users so that you can develop relationships of trust.
    2. A framework to manage your boundaries of time, role and competence during everyday interactions so that you can look after your own wellbeing.

How our training supports your organisation.

A new framework for building good relationships in practice

  • Enhance your understanding of relationships as both protective and risk factors in improving health outcomes for clients
  • Improve your capacity to take a reflective approach to practice
  • Better time management and productivity
  • Clarity about role boundaries and competencies
  • Improve your communication skills, particularly active and reflective listening skills
  • Increase your confidence to be proactive, build rapport and establish trust with clients
  • Enhance your ability to empathise, engage and respond in a sensitive and proactive
  • Create a safe space for clients to share their worries and concerns
  • Give you the skills to empower clients to make their own decisions, building a narrative of hope and resilience
  • Enhance your personal and professional development, performance and wellbeing
  • Reduce stress levels from feeling overwhelmed or needing to “fix it”
  • Raise self-awareness into attitudes and perspectives which may influence interactions with clients
  • Improve the quality of service and job satisfaction
  • Focus on early interventions
  • Our ABLE model can be used as an informal peer support framework

How our training helps service users

The gift of time, attention and respect.

  • Share any issues early before they escalate or become entrenched
  • Hear and absorb key messages about relationships and transitions to understand their situations better and to find a way forward
  • Space and time to share concerns and challenges they face in establishing or maintaining healthy and supportive relationships
  • Feel listened to, respected, understood and empowered
  • Become an active participant in their own care as every encounter is person-centred, valuing the patient’s unique perspective and journey
  • Build people’s capacity and resilience
“In my role, love and respect can’t be contained in a box but I now have the confidence and skills to end an intervention while leaving the door open for future conversations.”
Community Community Development Co-ordinator
The Lantern Project