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
Dr Maeve Hurley is founder of Ag Eisteacht, a charity championing quality relationships in practice through training, advocacy, collaboration and evaluation.
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 over 4,000 frontline practitioners in Ireland to date across healthcare, social care, education, justice, and the early years’ sectors.
Dr Nicola O’Sullivan, Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nicola O’Sullivan is an independent training & development associate with Ag Eisteacht and an associate lecturer with the Tavistock and Portman Trust NHS, London. Nicola is a graduate of University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin. She holds a Professional Doctorate in Social Care and Emotional Wellbeing from the Tavistock and Portman Trust NHS, London, and has worked with children and families in community and residential settings in Ireland for nineteen years. Nicola provides reflective practice spaces and clinical supervision to individual practitioners and teams working with children and families. Nicola is a visiting lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and CIT Cork and is an external examiner for the TU in Dublin for the Social Care Degree Programme.
Jim Sheehan, Social & Health Education Project
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.