Shane has provided training to many health professionals both within the public and private sector nationwide.

Shane has delivered tailor- made programmes to health professionals in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Many of these study days or CPD events have been instigated and facilitated by the various representative bodies of nearly all health professions including HIQA, AOTI, INMO, INDI, IASW , TUSLA, IRSPEN, ISCP etc. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous national conferences on topics like empowerment, stress management, resilience and happiness in the workplace. In recent months Shane has been part of a Healthy Ireland initiative where his seminars have been delivered to staff in the HSE West region. Shane can make his material resonate with everyone by mixing the best evidence-based psychology with humour as he communicates his powerful messages about well being, happiness and resilience. A  brochure outlining his various seminars can be downloaded from the link below.


He has delivered training to many health care professionals within the public and private sector throughout the island of Ireland including: HIQA,  HSE, St. Jame’s Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, Irish Nursing and Midwifery Organisation, Association of Occupational Therapists, Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute, Irish Society for Clinical Nutrition & Metabolism, All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association, Sligo University  Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital, Manorhamilton, Rehab Group, Sunbeam Services, St. John of God, Donegal Mental  Health Services/HSE West, Irish Association of Supported Employment, School of Nursing and Midwifery HSE North West , North West Hospice,  Mental Health Association , Cork Mental Health Association, Cheeverstown House, Open Training College, MESA Ltd., Tullamore, Work Access, Limerick, Connect Employment, Bray, Disability Action, Northern Ireland National Learning Network, Monaghan Supported Employment Ltd., Employment Response North West , Clare Supported Employment , Louth Supported Employment Ltd., Kilkenny/Carlow Supported Employment Services , Kerry Mental Health Association, Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment, DELTA (NI), Home Start (NI)


The most popular modules are outlined below. Each module can be delivered as a morning or afternoon session. Many companies ask for both modules to be delivered on the same day. To discuss further please phone me on 071 9152653.


SESSION 1. MINDING OURSELVES – Managing the very real stresses within the workplace

At the root to a lot of unhealthy stress is irrational thinking. We are all thinking beings and we have an ‘internal dialogue’ going on in our minds, almost as if we are talking to ourselves. However, we only ever express a fraction of this thinking. These private thoughts directly impact on our feelings and consequently how we interact with others. Very often we make conclusions about ourselves, others and the world without recourse to the ‘voice’ of reason. This is why we do not all make the same sense of the same things. The very best of us are vulnerable to illogical, irrational and unhelpful thinking, particularly when emotional or under pressure. In a climate of increasing stress due to dramatic changes within the work environment we need to make the best possible sense of changes and challenges.

How thinking affects how we feel and behave will be demonstrated. Managers will learn about unhelpful thinking and belief systems. They will learn how to become more rational and compassionate in their approach to work and life in general. Evidence-based strategies that are linked to positive mental health and help keep us positive during challenging times will be taught.

Outline of programme content covered:

Types of Stress
Appropriate stress/Inappropriate stress How stress helps and how stress hinders

Impact of stress on:
1. Physical Domain
2. Emotional Domain 3. Behavioural Domain

Stressful thinking
Link between thinking and stress
How thinking affects feelings and behaviour
Core Beliefs linked to unhealthy stress
Core Belief systems linked to stressful thinking and behaviour Rational thinking
Rational questioning
Protecting ourselves, applying strategies for curbing unhealthy stress

SESSION 2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF RESILIENCE: How to build resilience within ourselves

Life is an imperfect journey and crisis is guaranteed. There will always be setbacks and misfortunes. Resilience is the ability to adapt to the challenges of life. It’s about bouncing back rather than falling apart. If you are strong in resilience you have this ‘bouncibility’ and can harness your inner strengths and coping mechanisms. Resilience is crucial! It’s an essential life skill. However, it often in short supply. Some people are very fortunate and have high levels of resilience. Others need to learn the skills at the heart of resiliency. If life is full of challenges then we need to know how to not only withstand the pressure but to thrive in adversity. Through ongoing cutbacks and a deepening recession the intensity of ever increasing challenges is very real. More challenges may lie ahead. Managers need to learn how to manage challenging behaviour from clients but also from colleagues. There is a lot stress in the system and we need to be able to manage it appropriately.

If you are low in resilience, you will focus too much on your problems and deficits and be overwhelmed during challenges. You will be drawn towards unhealthy conclusions and become more vulnerable instead of stronger. Becoming more resilient will not mean that problems disappear. It does not mean that you have to become ‘as hard as nails’. Resilience is more about learning how to cope – tapping into our own resources and fostering more strengths in order to stay ‘standing’ during and after crisis. It’s about coping better with stress and keeping health and challenge in the same room as each other. You can learn to be more resilient. Science has uncovered specific traits/factors that can be utilised at work and in our lives in general.

Resilience is not about ‘digging deep’ and burying your feelings! It’s not about ‘weathering the storm’! It’s not about ‘keeping it all in’! Resilience is about experiencing natural emotions like anger, grief and pain but being able to go along with daily tasks and getting on with your life. It’s about being your own best coach in crisis rather than your own worst enemy!!

“More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and its true in the boardroom.”
Dean Becker, Harvard Business Review

Outline of content:

  • What is resilience?
  • Origins of research in resilience
  • Factors underlining high resilience levels
  • The Seven Learnable Skills of Resilience
  • Other resilience models
  • Tips from survivors, strategies for ourselves

SESSION 3: REFRESH YOUR LIFE: How to embrace a better quality of life

In recent decades research teams have started to examine positive emotion. This research has focused on what makes people happier, what gives them more meaning and purpose in life and what measures that they can take to lead them healthier. It will outline ten evidence-based strategies linked to embracing a better quality of life. The hope is that it will uplift and inspire change in the lives of those who attend but even more importantly inspire participants to incorporate it into their homes, workplaces and communities.

The seminars will not intrude on anyone’s privacy. There will be some discussion/exercises but no one will feel under pressure to talk about personal matters.

THE FACILITATOR: Shane Martin C.Psychol., Ps.S.I.
Shane Martin is a psychologist dedicated to teaching the very best self;help psychology to empower people to enhance the quality of their lives. His ‘Moodwatchers’ self;help psychology course has been delivered at community venues throughout the length and breadth of Ireland. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous national and international conferences on a range of topics around empowerment, recovery and happiness. He is a leading psychologist within the area of education having visited hundreds of educational institution nationwide working with management teams, teachers/lecturers, students and parents promoting a psychology of health, happiness and resilience.

He lectures part;time in DCU and has provided training to many of Ireland’s leading business organisations within the public and private sector. He has delivered training to health professionals throughout Ireland. Shane is a published poet of two collections ; The Dark Room and Stilling the Dance of Time. He is currently working on his third collection entitled Thin Lines. His first self-help psychology book entitled ‘Your Precious Life – How to Live it Well’ was published by Orpen Press in 2016. More information available on

For more information contact:


Shane Martin

35 Oakfield Crescent,


Co. Sligo

Tel: 071 9152653