CIE Group Workplace Health Promotion Officer tells how the MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being benefits her work
Anne Farrell’s role as Workplace Health Promotion Officer involves developing proactive health promotion strategies and programmes to Bus Eireann, Dublin Bus and Irish Rail.
Her work also involves working with people as a health/life coach using neuro linguistic programming and life coaching techniques. “I partnership closely with the Men’s Development Unit and HSE in delivering Men’s Health 1 day training course called ENGAGE to all three companies,” she explains.
Anne applied for the MA at WIT to develop her role in the area of facilitation - especially in men’s health which is an area of personal interest for her. The module around personal development also attracted her to this masters, she says.
She has found so far that the confidence in her ability to facilitate has grown. “I understand the process more and the dynamics and flow of groups. It is an area I want to move more actively towards when promoting health and wellbeing. Through the residential weekends when doing the personal development module I have had lots of light bulb moments and insights. It is an MA that is well worth doing and I would highly recommend it.
In addition she has found it beneficial in her work and personal life. “I am now a lot more aware of the relationship with myself and that I am a work in progress! I have learnt through better self-awareness that this allows for a stronger connection with others and enhances personal well-being and others well-being.”
The MA, she says, has been a challenge on all levels, and while it pushes Anne’s boundaries academically and personally she says she knows all the effort in the end will have been worth it