The ‘Engage’ training programme aims to increase participants’ understanding of best practice in engaging men with health and social services. Specifically, on completion of the training programme, participants will:
Engage National Men’s Health Training is a comprehensive two-day training programme to assist a broad range of practitioners to effectively engage Men and Young men, to address the current deficit in gender sensitive service provision and mental health and well-being issues. It focuses on the engagement process (i.e. why and how to build relationships with men), rather than offering a new or revised mental health programme (i.e. what to offer them). It met Recommendation 7.2 of the Republic of Ireland’s National Men’s Health Policy as well as addressing the needs outlined in the current Healthy Ireland – Men Action Plan.
The ‘Engage’ training programme aims to increase participants’ understanding of best practice in engaging men with health and social services. The training content is based upon the Partners’ experience, evidence from academic and evaluation literature, and an extensive 24 month pilot phase. Specifically, on completion of the training programme, participants will:
Given the limited resources available to the Partners to deliver this training at a national level, it was agreed to adopt a ‘Train the Trainers’ model to increase capacity. Applicants for the National Men’s Health Trainers’ Programme were selected on the basis that:
It was believed that this group would form a team with the Partners and, together, they could make a significant impact upon service provision for men nationally. In 2018, nineteen Trainers completed the four day residential training programme, and they began delivering ‘Engage’ across Ireland.
The delivery of ‘Engage’ and its accompanying resources has been comprehensively evaluated. It is the aim of the Partners to continue to strive for the highest standards in the delivery of men’s health training to service providers so that ‘Engage’ may be confidently assigned a quality mark that is nationally recognised.