Foundation in Systematic Instruction

Empowering individuals is a key part of any human service organisation. But what do we mean when we say empowerment? The answers can be quite vague, or aspirational and sometimes do not translate into real, meaningful or practical actions.

This one day, foundation course introduces you to ideas, values and practices around providing the empowering environment through learning. It provides a practical introduction to systematic instruction (a method of helping people acquire skills) and offers an opportunity to acquire some of the key skills that are needed to support people with disabilities who require assistance to learn new skills.

Who Is This Course For?

This course is aimed at Care Workers, Healthcare Assistants, Family and Home Support Workers, Personal Assistants and Community Care Workers and job coaches.

It is ideally suited to a person who is new to the role/area and who wants to understand the broad range of skills you need to provide effective instruction.

At a Glance

  • Audience First line staff who provide instruction to people using their service
  • FormatWorkshop
  • Duration1 Day
  • AwardOTC Certification
  • Fees€195
  • Start DateAutumn 2019

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Foundation in Systematic Instruction graduate
Foundation in Systematic Instruction graduate
Foundation in Systematic Instruction graduate

Course Details

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course you should be able to:

  • Describe the process by which people learn
  • Identify the issues learning presents for people with disability
  • Explain what meaningful training means
  • Outline Marc Gold’s strategy and describe the supports people with disability require to learn meaningful skills
  • Think critically about your role in facilitating learning so that you may be able to provide better support to people who use your service


Topics covered include:

  • Defining learning
  • Introduction to theories of learning
  • Exploration of how Issues faced by people with intellectual disability when learning
  • Meaningful training
  • What do you and organisations do to support learning?

Taking the Course

A subject matter expert, with extensive experience in providing coaching/training to people working in the human services and non-profit sector, leads each workshop. The focus is very much practical reflecting the background of all our staff, who all have extensive first line experience. Their objective is to first help you understand the subject matter and then show you how to apply it in your working practice.

Discussion, collaboration and the sharing of experiences are actively encouraged in order for the workshop to achieve this. The fact that our courses are aimed specifically at the human services and non-profit sector means that the workshops are not just a learning opportunity. They have also become a highly effective way for people to network with their fellow professionals.

The Learning Experience

The Tutor’s View – Raymond Watson

Foundation in Systematic Instruction Raymond Watson

How do you think the course makes a difference?

Hopefully the person attending starts to think differently and through this change their practice. Often participants are struck with the need to learn more.

For the people who use the service, if the staff’s attitude, competencies and practices change then learning can become a very positive meaningful experience.


Successful completion of the course will lead to OTC certification. This will qualify you to take more advanced training in Systematic Instruction with the College.

Next Steps

Dates & Duration

The next one day workshop will be run in Autumn 2019.


The workshop costs €195 to attend.

Booking a Place

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