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Studio 3 Training in Ireland: Updates

Principal Trainer Paul Phillips discusses recent developments in Studio 3 Ireland Training over the past year, and congratulates new Studio 3 Trainers who have joined the team!

Busy year so far for ‘Train the Trainer’

The cohort of Studio 3 trainers in Ireland has continued to grow rapidly over the past year, with a further 54 new recruits joining the ranks. In April 2022, 11 Trainers graduated; David Stalford, Chris Stewart, Rachel Gibson and Tim McGeown from Positive Futures; Sean Kelly and Mat Farland from Peacehaven Trust; Dan Shanahan (WIDA); Mike Walsh (Ability West); Manfred Davies (WALK);Cormac Noone (BEAM); and Keri Dickson (Studio 3).

Then in May 2022, a further 12 HSE staff from the Northwest (Donegal and Sligo). So, a warm welcome to the following new trainers; Deirdre McGee, Deborah Smith, Evelyn O Kane, Kieran Gorman, Leonie Kerr, Laura Elliott, Michael Doherty, Fiachra McMahon, Evelyn McBride, Olivia Montgomery, Sarah Frazer and Naomi Nibbs.

Next it was on to Dublin in Autumn ‘22, a course kindly hosted by Avista, Navan Road. On this occasion, 11 staff successfully completed the course: Mairead Walpole and Stephen Kavanagh from Avista Limerick; Kevin Hickey, Ceire Swan and Pauline Thompson from Avista, Dublin; Sean O Callaghan (Kingsriver, Kilkenny); Kathleen Barry Murphy (HSE Southside); PJ Ryan (Gateway, Sligo); Dylan Hallett (Studio 3, Kerry); Sarah Mulligan (WIDA) and Kate Steed (Kolbe School).

Studio 3 Train the Trainer cohort from Dublin in Autumn, 2022 sitting round a table in a restaurant
Train the Trainer Dublin cohort, Autumn 2022

In the Spring of this year, Mayo Community Living, Swinford, Co. Mayo, was the venue where an additional 11 trainers were became qualified. We were very pleased to have 4 participants from the Children’s Disability Network Team, Sligo, namely Emer Loftus, Louise Leech, Jean Hession and Peigi NicDhonncha. Best of luck to them as they will be reaching out to support schools and families in the region. The remaining successful candidates were Pat Mulrooney and Ellen Johnson from Ability West, Galway; Neil Toner, Martha Fleming, Trevor Renick and Stephen McDermott from Mayo Community Living; and Antoinette Weekes (Western Care).

Group of qualified Studio 3 Trainers from Swinford 2023, some sitting some standing
Studio 3 Trained Trainers from Swinford, Co. May, Spring 2023

Just recently, in mid-June, nine staff completed a Dublin-based course hosted by Peamount Healthcare. Congrats to the following: Urszula Maksimowska, Ayotunde Odusanya and Mayra Orrillorojas from Southside Disability Services; Tracy Dunne and Philomena Keogh from Peamount Healthcare; Lucinda Ramsey and Kate Finnegan from St Margaret’s, Dublin; Kelly Savage, Daffodil/ARCS; and Sophia Keane, WIDA, Waterford.

It is really pleasing that 50 plus new trainers have come on board and it is likely that another course will be filled in the autumn, located in the North West. If you are interested in becoming a Studio 3 Trained Trainer, more information is available from, or watch the short video below:

The Atlass Stress Management Programme

After a sojourn in 2022, Atlass Stress Management training will make a return in the Autumn of this year. Preparations are being made to deliver a 5-day non-accredited course in Donegal in September/October. This course is already fully subscribed but further courses will be scheduled for 2024, both accredited and non-accredited. If you are interested in attending an Atlass course, please get in touch. For more information about Atlass training, visit:

Upcoming CPD Events in Ireland

All qualified trainers in Ireland are now required to complete 2 days Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training per annum in order to maintain their licence to train (prior to this 1 day a year was sufficient). To help facilitate this, we are organising 2 x 2-day events later in the year, one in the North West/Donegal and one in the Dublin area.

Event 1

October 5th - 6th 2023, Co. Donegal (Venue to be confirmed)

Day 1: Physical Skills Refresher, Back Office and new training resources online

Day 2: Topics to be confirmed

Event 2

December 7th - 8th 2023, Dublin (Venue to be confirmed)

Day 1: Physical Skills Refresher, Back Office and new training resources online

Day 2: Impact of Trauma - Importance of Trauma-Informed Low Arousal Practice with Raymi Doyle

These events will shortly be going up online on the back office for Studio 3 trainers to register to attend – please do so in good time to ensure a slot.

Written by Paul Phillips,

Principal Trainer


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