Co. Donegal Community Education Forum Courses

The Co Donegal Community Education Forum is offering two FETAC Level 6 modules

1. Group Work Theory & Practice (June - July ’09)
2. Community Development Theory (Sept - Oct ’09)

Second Chance Education Project for Women

What is the Co Donegal Community Education Forum?

Co Donegal Community Education Forum was established in January 2007 by the Co Donegal VEC’s Adult Education Services and a number of community partners, with the aim of recognising the importance of promoting and supporting community education provision in the county.

Research carried out on behalf of the Forum recommended that training for tutors in community development principles and appropriate group facilitation skills be provided.

The members of the Forum are:

Francine Blaché Breen Community Workers Co-operative
Noel Bradley Community Education Worker
Finola Brennan Donegal Women’s Network
Mary Crossan St. Johnston & Carrigans Resource Centre
Mary English Second Chance Education Project for Women
Crona Gallagher Co Donegal VEC
Paul Kernan Pobail Le Chéile CDP
Denise Mc Cool Inishowen Development Partnership
Maeve Mc Garvey Co Donegal VEC

Who is the course for?
The course is aimed at people who are involved in community education and/or community development and who wish to learn more about social analysis and group facilitation with a view to using these skills in their work
• Community Education Tutors
• People who are active in community organisations
• Youth Leaders

Course content:

Module 1 - Group Work Theory & Practice
FETAC Level 6

Unit 1 Group Work Theory and Practice
Unit 2 Group Construction and Roles
Unit 3 Task and Process in Groups
Unit 4 Group Stages
Unit 5 Co-facilitated Practical Workshop

Module 2 - Community Development Theory
FETAC Level 6

Unit 1 History of Community Development in Ireland
Unit 2 Key Principles and Theory of Community Development
Unit 3 Community Development as a Strategy for challenging Inequalities
Unit 4 Relationship of Community Development Theory and Practice

What will I get out of the course?
Learners who successfully complete these modules will: -

•Acquire critical understanding of the theory underpinning group work
•Reflect on individual group work practice
•Acquire interpersonal skills applicable to group work practice
•Evaluate their practice as group workers
•Develop creative methods of approach to facilitation
•Appreciate the importance of the processes involved in co-facilitation
•Develop a knowledge and understanding of the history of Community Development in the Irish context
•Have knowledge of the key principles of Community Development elicited from their own practice and knowledge from community development theory
•Examine and critically analyse the role of Community Development as a strategy for challenging inequalities
•Examine and critically analyse their own practice based on Community Development principles and theory
•Develop skills in analysis in relation to Community Development

Where and when does the course take place?

Location: Letterkenny, in the Donegal Travellers Project building
Level 7, Unit 2, Justice Walsh Rd, Letterkenny

Dates: Module 1: Thursdays 4th 18th 25th June & 2nd July
Time: 10.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.
Cost: €100 (module 1)
Module 2: Sept – Oct ’09 (dates to be finalised later)
Module 2 is provided by the Donegal CWC Harnessing Equality for Lasting Peace Project which is supported by the Peace III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body by the Community Relations Council/Border Action Consortium.

How do I register? Download and complete registration form at above link and forward to:
Maeve Mc Garvey
Community Education Facilitator
Ard Scoil na gCeithre Máistir
Tír Chonaill St.,
Donegal Town

Telephone: 074 9725520
Fax: 074 9725525
E-mail: maevemcgarvey@donegalvec.ie

Deadline for applications is 5.00p.m.Friday 15th May 2009