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The Decider Skills: in-person training opportunity in Ballina, May 11 and 12.

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The Decider Skills: in-person training opportunity in Ballina, May 11 and 12.

By 26th March 2023No Comments

Mayo Children and Young People’s Services Committee in partnership with Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB, with funding from Healthy Ireland, is delighted to offer a free two-day online workshop on The Decider programme.

This training will be delivered by Margaret Daly and Gina Reynolds of Anú Community Healthcare on the following days:

Day one: 9.30am – 4.30pm, Thursday, 11th May 2023

Day two: 9.30am – 4.30pm, Friday, 12th May 2023

Participants must attend both days.

To register:

Places for the two-day training can be booked on the Eventbrite page, with full information and a timetable for the training available there.  Demand is expected to be very high.

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Following booking, an email from the person’s line manager must be sent to to confirm that the person will attend the workshops on both days. If this is not received within one week of requesting a place, the place will be forfeited. This is due to the high demand for the training and the high cost per training place – we do not want to waste a place!

Places are strictly limited. In the event that the training is over-subscribed, event organisers reserve the right to reallocate places in an effort to ensure as broad a range as possible of organisations can avail of this training.

Who the programme is for:

The workshops are offered for everyone who works with children and young people in the statutory, community and voluntary sector to enable them to enhance the mental health of those they work with. This includes:

Youth workers, teachers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, support workers, nursing assistants, volunteers, social workers, probation and prison staff, therapists and consultant service users.

About The Decider Skills:

One of the greatest challenges is teaching children and young people the skills to understand and manage their own emotions and mental health. The Decider is a skills-based programme which develops resilience. It teaches CBT mental health skills that are fun, effective, memorable and easy to use. It can be used at home, in education and youth settings, in the workplace and in social and health settings. This programme is always valuable, but its value is increased further still in response to the effects of the pandemic.

The Decider summarises thirty-two cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) informed skills under four core skill sets:

  • the acceptance skills of distress tolerance
  • mindfulness
  • the change skills of emotion regulation
  • interpersonal effectiveness.

(See The Decider website for full details of programme content.)

In these interactive workshops, the trainers will demonstrate each of the 32 skills within The Decider Programme. The workshops are fun, creative and innovative and probably very unlike anything you’ve attended before. The aim is to demonstrate to front-line staff how they can use the skills effectively within their professional practice, both in groups and with individuals. Participants also find the skills very useful for their own personal lives.

Who is supporting this training:

This training has been made possible through funding from the Healthy Ireland fund. The training is organised by Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB, in partnership with Mayo CYPSC.

For any queries in relation to this training, please contact: Breda Ruane, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB at:

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