Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion
HSE Mid West Community Healthcare Health and Wellbeing Division are again working with GOSHH Ireland (Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV) to deliver the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion in the Mid West this year.
This revised comprehensive six day Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion (FHSHP) is for health, education, youth and community service providers who wish to develop their confidence, skills and knowledge in the area of sexual health promotion.
The Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion (FPSHP) is managed nationally by the Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP), HSE Health and Wellbeing, Strategy and Research, Healthcare Strategy, with the support of HSE Health and Wellbeing, Health Promotion and Improvement.
The delivery of the FPSHP in Community Health Organisations is managed, staffed and funded by Health Promotion and Improvement, HSE Health and Wellbeing, and in some areas it is delivered in partnership with a community and voluntary organisation. It is free to participants.
The aim of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion (FPSHP) is:
To enhance participants’ capacity to incorporate sexual health promotion into their work through the development of their comfort levels, confidence, knowledge and skills in relation to sexual health.
On completing the 6 day programme participants will:
- Have increased self-awareness in relation to sexual health issues and understand how this might impact on their work.
- Have increased understanding of how their sexual socialisation impacts on their values and attitudes to sex.
- Be aware that people are sexual beings through their life course and have needs with regard to sexual health, whatever their age or their level of sexual activity.
- Have increased knowledge around sexual health issues.
- Have increased understanding of sexual health in an Irish context.
This program will look at sexual health promotion holistically throughout the life-stages and covers the following topics:
An introduction to health promotion, sexual health, sexual rights and inequalities, sexual health promotion within the Irish context, gender, sexual orientation and inclusive practice, a life course approach to sexual health, healthy and unhealthy relationships, intimacy and sexual pleasure, sexual consent, sexuality and the law, physical sexual health, the role of sexual health promotion policy and raising the issue of sexual health with clients.
The course is participatory and experiential in approach, in line with adult learning principles. It requires participants to have an openness to personal development as they explore knowledge, attitudes and values in relation to sexual health, through individual, paired and group work.
Target participants are those working in the health, education, youth and community sectors, whose work currently or has the potential to involve aspects of sexual health promotion. Some previous experience of facilitation and /or one to one skills is desirable as this is not general skills training.
- Participants are required to attend all six days.
- Participants are expected to keep a learning journal throughout the program and to present an action plan on the final day as to how they will incorporate or integrate their learning on the course into their work practices
- Time: 9.30 to 4.30
This course is certified by HSE Health and Wellbeing.
As places are limited on each course there is a two-step application process.
- Step 1: Application Form (which requires a signature from your line manager/Supervisor)
- Step 2: Telephone interview
Course location and dates:
Our next course will be delivered in Limerick City on the following dates:
September 18 and 19
October 16 and 17
November 13 and 14
Closing date for applications is Friday 24 of March 2023