We are practitioners with shared values and a common interest in frontline practitioner care and development. We bring expertise and experience in individual and group supervision, reflective practice and emotional wellbeing.
Dr Maeve Hurley, Ag Eisteacht. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Maeve Hurley is founder of Ag Eisteacht, a charity that trains frontline practitioners in health, social care, community and education to build relationships and to manage boundaries.
A former GP, Maeve has first-hand experience of recognising that relationships are a key determinant of health and wellbeing, acting as both a buffer and a risk factor in health outcomes. Her vision is to enhance frontline practitioners’ capacity to be present and attuned while giving them a framework and the skills to manage their time and boundaries for their own health and wellbeing. Maeve has presented at the IFCA International Conference, the Enable Ireland Conference, Irish Attachment in Action and the Royal College of Physicians Ireland.
She also works with UCC’s GP Registrar Scheme to support a relationship-centred approach to practice. Ag Eisteacht has delivered its ABLE (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen and Empower) brief intervention training to almost 3,000 frontline practitioners in Ireland to date across the health, education, justice and early years’ sectors.
Dr Nicola O’Sullivan. email@example.com
Dr Nicola O’ Sullivan has worked with children and families in community and residential settings in Ireland for nineteen years including as clinical manager of a parent and infant assessment and treatment service in Ireland.
Nicola completed a Professional Doctorate in Social Care and Emotional Wellbeing at the Tavistock and Portman Trust NHS, London and published a paper based on the findings of her doctoral research with social workers. Nicola’s interests include the subject of anxiety and complexity in frontline human service work, reflective practice and psycho-social research. She lectures on the topic of complexity in social work settings and parent-infant mental health and child protection on the Postgraduate Diploma in child protection and welfare at Trinity College Dublin. She provides clinical supervision to individual practitioners and teams working with children and families and she teaches on the Mental Health in the Community Certificate Course in UCC. Nicola is also external examiner for the TU in Dublin for the Social Care Programme.
Jim Sheehan, Social & Health Education Project firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Sheehan has been Director of The Social and Health Education Project (SHEP) since 2009. This values-led organisation works with individuals and communities to develop capacities for positive change to enhance health and well-being and to promote social justice.
He started his working life as a secondary school teacher. In his twenties he volunteered overseas with Concern Worldwide in Somalia, Uganda and Cambodia. This work included managing education, community development and rural development programmes. This period of time working in Africa and Asia changed his life and career.
On his return to Ireland he worked for ten years as manager of a government-funded Social Inclusion Community Partnership and served on a number of boards including Pobal.
As Director of SHEP, he has a particular interest in community development approaches to promote health and well-being, as well as on creating collaborations to support transformative learning. He also oversees SHEP’s international learning partnership with Sahakarmi, a community development NGO in Nepal.
Jim is a graduate of Mater Dei Institute of Education, London School of Economics and Waterford Institute of Technology.