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.
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 ones 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.
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.