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Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health & Well Being

Please Note: This Masters was formerly known as the MA in Social Personal and Health Education and has been reconfigured.

The Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being offers participants a unique opportunity to finely tune their facilitation and personal skills through practical experience, group process and advanced personal development.

The aims of the programme are as follows:
1. To enhance participants’ personal growth and development to advance the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required for effective facilitation of health and well-being with groups, individuals, and key populations.
2. To develop practitioner and academic capabilities underpinned by relevant academic theory.
3. To enable participants make an original and significant contribution at the forefront of the field of study of and practice of facilitation for health and well-being.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being participants will be able to:
• Develop, plan and facilitate experiential workshops for Health and Well-being incorporating a comprehensive knowledge of group theory.
• Exhibit a thorough grounding in the principles and concepts of health promotion.
• Develop and plan a programme of participative workshops for developing health and well being.
• Demonstrate and reflect on how they manage their emotional selves by:
o distinguishing between expressing feelings in a safe way and acting out those feelings;
o exploring their skills of assertive communication personally and in group work facilitation;
• Scrutinize the role of boundaries and subsequent ethical issues as a practitioner in facilitating for health and well-being.
• Critically review how relationship with self impacts upon relationship with others both personally and professionally, focusing particularly on the role of facilitator in groupwork.
• Reflect on how experiences encountered in formative years affect one’s process in the present day and explore how this manifests in groups considering the role of facilitation.
• Evaluate their process and performance and those of others.
• Critically review the role of the interruptions to contact (introjection, deflection, confluence projection and retroflection) on personal/professional life.
• Formulate new understandings of the principles of health promotion and health education.
• Identify, describe and critique theories from health promotion, health education and research relevant to facilitation for Health and Well-Being.
• Scrutinize and reflect on social norms and group processes.
• Research adopting appropriate methodologies that inform practice and write a Masters dissertation that may be presented in paper or poster format.
• Make an original contribution to knowledge in the field that informs practice.

Course Delivery
• The programme is delivered through a blend of methods consisting of groupwork, workshops, lectures, projects, e-learning etc. Experiential learning is the methodology used throughout the course.

• It is a full time course and the delivery reflects the flexibility required for adult learners and all modules are delivered on evenings, some Saturdays and some residential weekends.

• For the award of Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being a student must accumulate 90 credits.

• A student who accumulates 60 credits in Semester 1 and 2 and who does not wish to complete the MA may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being.

Entry requirements

• Applicants must hold a qualification at level 8 in the NFQ or its equivalent. Equivalent programmes being considered will require written confirmation of qualification and portfolio presentation including applicants’ relevant experience and learning

• All applicants must demonstrate that they have a level of maturity and life experience adequate to cope with the modalities of the programme. The programme board will require an interview with applicants to ascertain this. A minimum of 70% must be achieved at interview in order to be considered for a place on the programme.

• Those applicants whose first language is not English are required to meet WIT’s English Language Requirements before being offered a place on the programme.

Very Important Checklist for all Applicants (PAC)
All applications must be accompanied by the following documentation:
1. An up-to-date CV.
2. Scanned copies of all of your official educational qualification parchments.
3. Scanned copies of all of your official educational transcripts clearing showing the results you achieved in each subject/module.
4. Scanned copies of any professional qualifications/awards you wish to be considered.
5. A scanned copy of your English language qualification. Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
6. A scanned copy of your Certificate of Qualification from the NQAI if your prior education is from outside the EU.

For further information, please visit http://www.qualificationsrecognition.ie/. Please note that applications will not be considered without this Certificate of Qualification, irrespective of any prior participation on other educational programmes in the EU.

Given the expected demand for this programme, the documentation filenames you submit should be descriptive (i.e. the filenames should clearly describe the document along with your name (e.g.) JohnDoe-EnglishLanguageQual; JohnDoe-DegreeParchment; etc., etc.).

If this documentation is not received in full, and/or if all sections of the application form are not completed in full, then we will be unable to process your application.
We welcome your application and we wish you every success in the process.

Duration

The MA runs over 3 semesters and two academic years. Participants must attend at least 80% of the course hours in order to pass the course.

The delivery of the course reflects the flexibility required for adult learners and all modules are delivered in the evenings delivered on evenings, some Saturdays and some residential weekends.

Careers or further progression

The MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being is for all people whose core work involves communication with others; this course is an invaluable asset to the following.
• Teachers
• Youth Workers
• Social Work
• Health Professionals
• Preschool Workers
• Gardaí
• Community Workers
• Child Care Workers
• Other relevant disciplines
• Those working with marginalised or vulnerable groups.
• Those in positions of Management.
• Those who wish to progress to higher levels within their organisations, including private industry.

Further enquiries

Course Leader(s)
Ms. Mairead Barry
Lecturer and Co-Course Leader MA Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well-Being (Formerly known as MA SPHE)
Tel: +353 51302165
Email: MLBARRY@wit.ie

Dr. Paula Carroll
Lecturer and Researcher
Tel: +353 51843131
Email: PCARROLL@wit.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Facilitation Skills (10 credits)
Personal Development (10 credits)
The Determinants of Health and Well-Being (5 credits)
Qualitative Research & Evaluation (5 credits)

Semester 2
Advanced Facilitation Skills (20 credits)
Advanced Personal development (10 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits)
A student who accumulates 60 credits in Semester 1 and 2 and who does not wish to complete the MSc may, at the discretion of the Programme Board, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Facilitations Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being.

Semester 3
Individual and Social Influences on Health (5 credits)
Qualitative Data Analysis (5 credits)
Dissertation (20 credits)

Master of Arts (90 credits) in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being
The delivery schedule of the MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being in a venue in Dublin will differ to that outlined above.

Application date

Closing Date: 18/November/2016

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: January 2017

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