The Social and Health Education Project opens applications for a new course

SHEP SACE course

SHEP SACE course: SHEP celebrates 10 year anniversary of continuous training in Limerick at the Absolute Hotel. Pictured are Cora Daly, Limerick Clare Education Training Board Youth officer, graduate Dean Leahy, O Malley Park, Anita O’Shea, SHEP Chairperson, graduate Yvonne McCarthy, Cappagh, and Gearoid Prendergast, Coordinator Midwest Regional Drugs and Alcohol Forum. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.

The Social and Health Education Project opens applications for a new course

The Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) has opened its applications for a new course in Social Awareness and Community Empowerment (SACE), which will be made up of five workshops between September and December 2019.

Established in 1974, SHEP is a unique, not-for-profit, community-based training and development organisation based in Cork and Kerry as well as Limerick. The SHEP Mid-West Programme is supported by a number of local partners including the Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum (MWRDAF), Limerick and Clare ETB, the HSE, Paul Partnership as well as SHEP.

Anita O’ Shea, Chair of the SHEP Mid-West Advisory Group, says, “The SHEP Mid-West Training Programme has gone from strength to strength. A great number of people, their families and communities have benefitted from the transformational experience of SHEP courses.”

SHEP SACE course

Pictured is Anita O’Shea at the SHEP Midwest celebration of ten continuous years of training in Limerick with their graduateship event at the Absolute Hotel. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.

The course is available, however not limited to, people who have already completed SHEP’s Certificate in Personal Development, this course here being Part Two of the SHEP Foundation Programme. For these, it is a continuation of their personal journey of growth and development, through deepening awareness of the wider social relationships with which we are all involved.

It is also available to people as an alternative entry point to SHEP’s training pathway than the Personal Development course, so as to include participants whose main starting interest in their community, their involvement in a local organization, and want to bring deeper awareness to that involvement.

SACE is a transformative course in a supportive, friendly, and non-judgmental learning environment, where you can grow in awareness of how we relate and cooperate in groups, how we are shaped by the society we grew up in and how we in turn shape society by our lives and actions.

Themes include roles within groups, working co-operatively in a group situation, behaviour in groups, dealing with conflict constructively, leadership styles, talents, and skills and strengths in leadership.

The course also questions why society is the way it is, what changes are needed and what we can do, what the important issues in our community are and how realities of gender, power, diversity, and justice impact our lives.

Completion of both the SHEP Certificate in Personal Development and the SHEP Certificate in Social Awareness and Community Empowerment Foundation Courses is necessary for entry to the SHEP’s Facilitation, Continuing Personal Development and Specialised Practitioner Training courses.

The SACE is awarded for 80% attendance and will be on-going until December, with training taking place on weekends.

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