Courses in the Pastoral Centre Letterkenny this autumn

September 2017 courses in the Pastoral Centre – Early booking recommended for all Courses and Evenings.

        

The Pastoral Centre, Monastery Avenue, Letterkenny 074 9121853 diocesanpclk@eircom.net    http://www.raphoepastoralcentre.ie/

Anger Management Course

Starts Monday 18th September 2017 from 7.30pm till 9.30pm. Six weekly sessions till 23rd October. The course will include themes of self-confidence building, improved relationships with self and others, anger management and discovering the creative side to self.

Course will be €90 and to secure a place fee needs to be paid in full before first evening. Facilitator Cathy O’Connor. Classes are open to all adults. Numbers are limited.

Basic Arabic Language Classes: beginners

Starts Wednesday 20th September 7pm-pm. Six weekly sessions till 25th October.

The course will include Basic Arabic language, meeting and greeting, short conversations.

Course will be €90 and must be paid in full before first evening to secure a place. Facilitator Fadl Mustafa. Classes are open to all adults. Numbers are limited.

First Aid Course with certification for two years.

One day course Thursday November 16th 9.30am – 5.00pm.

The course will include effective First Aid techniques for aiding people at home, the work place and elsewhere, enabling you to save someone’s life.

Course will be €90 to be paid in full before the date of the course.

Facilitator: Safe-Tech. Classes are open to all adults. Numbers are limited.

Pathways Programme

Pathways is a two-year one-day-a-month course for adults who wish to explore their faith (9 Saturdays a year). There are no exams and no written work. You can come along and enjoy.

Each day consists of input from excellent and engaging speakers and the opportunity for discussion. The cost is €250 for the whole Academic Year, payable in 3 installments. Booking is now open. A place is secured when the first installment of €100 is paid.

Contact Fr Cathal O’Fearrraí at ofearrai@gmail.com for more information.

Bereavement Support Group

Start date: Tuesday 3rd October 7 pm to 9.30 pm. Finishing date is 27th February 2018. This is a support group for adults who have experienced grief. Participants are guided through a programme that runs over 10 Tuesday evenings with a specific focus on personal experience that the group members have encountered on their journey through grief. The group will be closed on the first night. Feedback on this programme has been extremely positive.

The evenings are FREE of charge. Donations welcome.

A Changed Life – support group

This is a support group for people who have lost someone to suicide. Start date is Tuesday 26th September from 7 pm to 9.30 pm. Finishing date is 20th February 2018.

This small group will be closed on the first night.

For information on what the group offers, please contact Liam Cannon, Director of Counselling on 074 9121853.

The evenings are FREE of charge. Donations welcome.

A.S.I.S.T.

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course is the most widely used suicide prevention course.

A.S.I.S.T. is suitable for anyone interested in learning the skills to talk with someone who might have suicidal ideation. The next two-day course will run on Wednesday 11th October and Thursday 12th October from 9 am to 5 pm.

If you wish you may bring a packed lunch. Early booking is advisable for this course.

This course is FREE of charge.

 

The Pastoral Centre works in partnership with Tusla, Donegal ETB and the National Lottery.

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Infant Mental Health Awareness Week runs from June 13th-19th.           

This week provides an opportunity to focus attention on the wellbeing, social and emotional development of our babies and young children. It highlights the importance of early relationships and a relationship based approach to interventions with infants and families. As our understanding of IMH and its evidence base develops, so also does our knowledge of how to apply this knowledge and an ‘IMH lens’ to interactions with infants, parents and caregivers in health and social services. 

What is infant mental health?

Infant Mental health (IMH) refers to the healthy social and emotional development of Infants starting at conception up to three years of age.

The first 1000 days of life are recognised as a critical period of opportunity to support infant mental health. Decades of research have shown that it is the quality of the early caregiver relationship that is a significant determinant of the infant’s healthy social and emotional development and in turn physical health, right up to adulthood.

 

The National Healthy Childhood Programme has embedded IMH as the foundation of the development of its resources and in the approach of the delivery of the universal child health service. This embedding of key messages can be seen in the My Child suite of books (www.mychild.ie/books) and also on www.MyChild.ie  where key messages around bonding and relationship building have been embedded for the parent/caregiver.

 

In clinical practice the topic of IMH has been included for the first time in the National Standardised Child Health Record. To build on this, the National Healthy Childhood Programme have just completed a suite of three eLearning units which are now available on HSEland for healthcare practitioners / caregivers who are working with children and families.  

 

Throughout the week you will see videos and key IMH messaging being promoted on the HSE MyChild social media pages ( Facebook / Instagram ). Keep an eye out in the National Newspapers for articles from our experts also. (IrishTimes article)  

 

In addition The National Healthy Childhood Programme have developed a series of ten practical videos with HSE expert advice which are now available on YouTube and on the relevant pages on the www.mychild.ie website.

These videos (2-3 minutes each) are aimed at parents/guardians of children (0 – 3 years).

These new video resources are available here while lots more expert advice for every step of pregnancy, baby and toddler health can also be found at www.mychild.ie

There are a suite of posters available focusing on the promotion of IMH messaging to order from healthy.childhood@hse.ie

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