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Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre

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Disclosure Training with Galway Rape Crisis Centre – FULLY BOOKED 1/2/19

Course Aims: 

This half day course provides participants with the skills and knowledge to deal appropriately with a disclosure of sexual violence, in settings where this is likely to occur. It is also a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to do voluntary work (e.g. fundraising) with Galway Rape Crisis Centre. The training is delivered by Galway Rape Crisis Centre counsellors with extensive client experience and training skills.

The main aims of the training are to:

  • Increase awareness of the causes and effects of sexual violence
  • Examine attitudes, values and beliefs about sexual violence
  • Promote an understanding and give opportunity to practice scenarios involving a disclosure of sexual violence
  • Introduce the work of Galway Rape Crisis Centre, and give information on the broad range of services they provide

Training Methods: Classroom presentation on multimedia projector. Roleplay exercises. Group Discussion. Course handouts, questionnaires and evaluation forms are provided.

Certification: Participants will be issued with an attendance certificate on completion of the course. 5 CPD Points awarded through Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Facilitator: Orla McGuinness, Galway Rape Crisis Centre
Venue: The Space, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn
Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019
Time: 10am-1.30pm
Sign Up: You can sign up for the workshop in the Students’ Union offices upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm.
Cost: €10
Max: 20 students

ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two day skills building workshop in suicide first-aid. Ireland ranks 5th in the EU for rates of suicide with almost 500 people dying by suicide every year. Suicide first aid helps meet some of the challenges in reducing suicidal behaviour. It could help save a life. ASIST trains participants to reduce the immediate risk of a suicide and increase the support for a person at risk. It helps them seek a shared understanding of reasons for suicide and reasons for living.
Target Audience: This course is suitable for all kinds of students, aged 18 years of age or over – professionals, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers. However, it is not recommended that people who are bereaved by suicide in the last twelve months attend.
Sign Up at the following link using code “NUIG”: 
Further info:

Cost: There is no cost to attend. The workshop is being organised by the HSE Suicide Prevention Office. Tea breaks are provided but lunch is not included.
Venue: Western Management Centre, Dangan, Galway
Dates: 9am to 5pm both days Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February 2019. If unable to take part in the full programme for the two days please wait until you are available to do so at a later date.
Max: 15 students. Booking deadline Monday 4th February 2019/or when course is full.

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Anti-Racism Workshop

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Description: This workshop will take participants through a lively, engaged process looking at how racism functions, where it came from and what we can do to build a more equal society, locally and globally. Previous participants have described the workshop as “thought provoking” “a total eye-opener” and “inspiring”.
In a safe, relaxed environment for a guided workshop on anti-racism, participants will have the opportunity to build their skills of analysis, vocabulary and understanding of the roots of poverty. Tackling injustice at both local and global level begins with a thorough analysis of racism and shared experiences. Questioning our knowledge and perceptions about how the world works and about what role we play in it. Participants will have the opportunity to express their training in their future endeavours with work, volunteering, life and live with a cultivated true appreciation of the strength of diversity in Ireland.
Facilitator: Vicky Donnelly, Education Team, Galway One World Centre
More information:
Venue: Meeting Room 1 & 2, Áras na Mac Léinn
Date: Wednesday 16th January 2019
Time: 10.15am – 1.30pm
Cost: Limited spaces €5 to sign up at the Students’ Union. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for the workshop.

Brought to you by NUI Galway Students’ Union and Galway One World Centre

We are not currently offering Irish Classes Sept 2018

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8th September 2018

We are not currently offering Irish Classes.

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Cardiac First Responder (CFR)

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Course Aim:
This half day, fully certified, course is the first rung on the ladder of pre-hospital emergency care. It teaches all the basic life support skills for victims of stroke; cardiac arrest; heart attack; choking as well as the relevant legal issues and the administration aspirin.
This course is a pre-requisite for Emergency First Response courses, Responder Level 3 on the ladder of pre-hospital emergency care. However, it is also a great stand alone course for those working in or near premises considering installing an automated external defibrillator (AED) on-site as well as those who already have one.
Recognised by the Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) at Responder Level 1.
The Course Provider is The Emergency Services Training Institute.

Training Methods:
Classroom presentation on multimedia projector / DVD’s.
Practical demonstrations of techniques.
Course handouts, training manuals, training records and evaluation forms are also provided.

Assessment & Certification:
Cardiac First Response students are required to successfully complete a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) assessment of twenty questions for Responder and twenty five for Practitioner level. 80% is required to be successful on the MCQ.
Competence in skills demonstration is also required. The theory and practical assessment will be set by, or on behalf of, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council.
Certification in the Cardiac First Response Standard is required every two years. In order to maintain a readiness to perform CPR and AED interventions effectively the standard interval accepted for retention training is one year after the initial certification. However, as the retention of skills in CPR and the use of AED are known to rapidly diminish, it is recommended that retention training occurs as frequently as practicable.

Cost: €40 (Usual cost €75)
Venue: The Space, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn
Dates: 9.30am-2pm Friday 1st February 2019
Max: 8 participants per tutor

Manual Handling Training Course

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Course Aim:
To provide you with the information and training necessary to be competent in Manual Handling, in order to avoid injury to yourself and to others. The Course Provider is The Emergency Services Training Institute.

Course Objectives:
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define Manual Handling.
  • State relevant Irish and EU Legislation.
  • Describe the basic Anatomy of the Spine.
  • Utilise correctly the 8 Principles of Safe Lifting.

Course Programme:

  • Manual Handling Legislation – as it applies to the employer
    and employee.
  • Dangers and harm caused by careless / unskilled methods of manual handling.
  • Principles of levers and laws of motion.
  • Anatomy of the spine and muscular system.
  • How to handle loads safely.
  • Practice in safe handling of loads.

Assessment & Certification:
To receive certification for Manual Handling all participants must successfully complete a theory quiz and a practical lifting assessment. The certification is valid for 2 years from the date of training.
Course Attendance: Maximum of 10 participants per instructor.
Cost: €30 (Usual cost €50)
Venue: The SU Office, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn
Dates: 9.30am-12.30pm Wednesday 9th January 2019

Mixed Martial Arts For Self-Defence

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Course Aim/objectives:
This course will be taught over 2 x 1 hour long sessions. Our aim is to teach you practical proven Mixed Martial Arts skills that will help you overcome an attacker or attackers. We also aim to help you master yourself emotionally & psychologically to help deal with an attack or an aggressive person.

What will you learn?

  • Range fighting (fighting at long & close range, personal space)
  • Striking
  • Striking Defence
  • Wrestling
  • Ground Control
  • Submission holds
  • Controlling your emotions
  • Dealing with aggressive people
  • Running Away, Should I? Shouldn’t I?

Head Instructor: Professional MMA Fighter Benjamin Davis from Shaolin MMA Galway
Cost/Sign Up: The cost of the course is €5 and you can sign up now in the Students’ Union Office Mon-Fri 10am-5pm or phone 091 493570 to pay by Credit Card.
Max: 40 Students
Course Date/Time: 6pm-7pm Tuesday 25th September and Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Course Venue: Shaolin MMA Galway, Unit 11-12 Kilkerrin Park, Liosban Industrial Estate, Tuam Road, Galway City.

Occupational First Aid Refresher Course

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Course Content:
This one day refresher course will cover:

  • First Aid in the Workplace
  • Cardiac First Response
  • Patient Assessment
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Wounds & Bleeding
  • Altered Levels of Consciousness
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Burns, Scalds, Chemicals, Electric Shock

Assessment & Certification:
Cost: €80 (Usual cost €100)
Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn
Time: 9am-5.30pm
Dates: Fri 4th Nov 2016
Max: 5 students

First Aid Responder Course

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  • First Aid Responder (FAR) Course (formerly Occupational First Aid Course)

Course Aim:

This three-day course is recognised by PHECC. It is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency first aid in the workplace and in the home. This course is perfect for anyone who hopes to act as first aider in their place of work, community group, voluntary organisation and in the home. It is also a fantastic introduction to emergency care.
The Course Provider is The Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI)

Course Objectives:

Define the First Aider and list their aims

List the 4 responsibilities of the First Aider

List 4 life threatening conditions

List the 3 factors used to make a provisional diagnosis

Describe approach & action at an emergency

List the three primary methods of spreading infection

Describe how to call the emergency services

Describe primary and secondary survey

Course Programme:

Day 1

Introductions: PHECC Education & Training Standards for First Aid Responder Level; Incident Procedure: Cardiac First Responder Course; The Wellbeing of the First Aid Responder.

Day 2

Patient Assessment; Care of the Unconscious Patient; Injury Management and Shock; Burns and Electrical Injury Care.

Day 3

Common Medical Emergencies; Hypothermia and Hyperthermia; Communications; Information Management; FAR Course Written Exam and Remediation; Skills Assessment.

Assessment & Certification:

Independent Assessments / Examinations are held on Day 3 of the course.

The certification now comes from ESTI as a PHECC certificate not a QQI certificate as before. All our instructors are registered with PHECC & OFAAA and our course is run to H.S.A. standards

Cost: €100 (Usual cost €160)

Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn 

Time: 9am – 5.30pm

Dates: Fri 8th, Fri 15th & Fri 22nd Feb 2019

Max: 8 students per tutor.

Child Protection Training

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Course Description: The content is awareness level and covers topics relevant to staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people. It covers policy, legislation, attitudes and values, definitions and signs of abuse, safe recruitment, code of behaviour and scenarios.

Course Audience: Staff and volunteers working directly with children and young people.

Assessment/Certification: Certification is based on attendance of the programme and it is certified by the National Youth Council of Ireland.
Sign Up: In the SU Office or by credit card on 091 493570

Date/Time: 9am-1pm Friday 7th December or 2pm-6pm Friday 7th December 2018
Course Venue: The Space, Áras na Mac Léinn
Cost: €15

Max Number Students: 20.

Brought to you by NUI Galway Students’ Union, ALIVE and National Youth Council of Ireland.