HSE Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion

The aim of this 6 day course is to enhance participants’ capacity to incorporate sexual health promotion into their work through the development of their confidence, knowledge and skills in relation to sexual health.

This course is unique in an Irish context in terms of its content, length and approach to sexual health promotion. It is also unique in its blend of participant professions, including front line clinicians, teachers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, community and youth workers and representatives from the physical and intellectual disability sectors, to name but a few.

Topics covered in the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion includean introduction to sexual health promotion, sexual rights and inequalities, a life course approach to sexual health, sexual health promotion within the Irish context, gender, sexual orientation, healthy and unhealthy relationships, intimacy and sexual pleasure, consent and the law, physical sexual health, the role of sexual health promotion policy and raising the issue of sexual health with clients.

New courses will be advertised here as soon as they are scheduled.

See the regional contact details below.

CHO 1 - Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan

North West

Course dates 2024
  • 17th & 18th April
  • 15th & 16th May
  • 5th & 6th June


Sligo (venue to be confirmed)

Further information

For more information on this course, to request an application form or to be added to a mailing list for future courses, please contact: bridget.molloy2@hse.ie

Closing date for applications is Friday 6thMarch 

CHO 2 - Galway, Roscommon and Mayo

Course dates 2024
  • 18th & 19th September
  • 16th & 17 October
  • 20th & 21st November

Ard Rí House Hotel

Milltown Road, Tuam, Co. Galway, H54 V267

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 28th May.

Further information

For an application form or further information on this course course contact Fiona Falvey, Senior Health Promotion & Improvement Officer.

Email: fiona.falvey@hse.ie     T: 091 775791       M: 087 4085678 

CHO 3 - Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary

Course dates 2024
  • Tuesday September 10th and Wednesday September 11th
  • Tuesday October 15th and Wednesday October 16th
  • Wednesday November 13th and Thursday November 14th 

Limerick City Venue (TBC)

For further information

For further information relating to the delivery of this course in CHO 3 contact Áine Montgomery, Health Promotion Officer, Health Promotion and Improvement.

Email: aine.montgomery@hse.ie

CHO 4 - Cork and Kerry

Course dates 2024

Cork city

Venue: Midelton Park Hotel, Midleton Co Cork, P25 AX67      

Course dates:

  • 15th & 16th October
  • 12th & 13th November
  • 3rd & 4th December

Facilitators: Catherine Byrne and Emily Lynch, Health Promotion & Improvement Officers 

Further information

Due to the limited places available on this programme a fully completed application form is essential in order to progress to the second stage, which is a telephone/online interview. 

Please contact Emily Lynch for further information or for an application form. Emily.lynch1@hse.ie

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12th August.


CHO 5 - South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford

Course dates 2024
  • 24th and 25th January
  • 21st and 22nd February
  • 20th and 21st March
Training venue

Carrick on Suir Community Resource Centre, Eircode – E32 P928


Sarah Fitzpatrick and Katie Dillon Keane, Health Promotion and Improvement Officers

Further information

Closing Date for Applications is Friday 27th of October 2023

Contact Sarah Fitzpatrick to request an application form or for further queries.

Email: sarah.fitzpatrick9@hse.ie

CHO 6 - Wicklow, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin South East

Course Dates 2024
  • Day 1 & 2: April 15 & 16
  • Day 3 & 4: May 16 & 17
  • Day 5 & 6: June 5 & 6

Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 EW01. 

To register interest:

To register interest in this course use the registration link below:

Registration Link

For more information contact: healthpromotionCHEast@hse.ie

CHO 7 - Kildare, West Wicklow, Dublin South City, Dublin West and Dublin South West

Course Dates 2024
  • Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April 2024 
  • Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd May 2024 
  • Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23th May 2024

Kildare Education Centre, Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co Kildare, R51 KN6

Closing date for applications: Tuesday the 6th of February 2024

Interested applicants are asked to submit their details at this SmartSurvey link below.

Register Here

For more information contact: 

Email:  ciara.faughnan2@hse.ie

CHO 8 - Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath


Course Dates 2024
  • April 23rd and 24th 
  • May 22nd and 23rd
  • June 26th and 27th

A second training will be held in the autumn on:

  • Sep 11th and 12th
  • October 9th and 10th
  • November 6th and 7th

The REC, Ardee, Co. Louth.

Further Information

For an application form or for further information relating to the delivery of this course in Louth contact Olivia Mc Geough

Email: olivia.mcgeough@hse.ie 


Training dates 2024
  • March 5th & 6th
  • April 9th & 10th
  • May 7th & 8th

Venue: Athlone Primary Care Centre, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Closing date for applications: February 9th

To request an application form contact: Kathleen Pardy at Kathleen.pardy@hse.ie.

For further information relating to the delivery of this course in the Midlands please contact Fiona Gallagher, Health Promotion & Improvement HSE Midlands

Email: fiona.gallagher@hse.ie Phone: 086 3801163.

CHO 9 - Dublin North City and County

Training venue

Day 1 and 2 in The Riasc Centre, Swords , K67 PX8

Day 3, 4, 5 and 6 in St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Chapelizod, Dublin


Ben Lindsay, Health Promotion Officer and Kirsten Feehan, Health Promotion Officer

Course dates 2024
  • January 24th and 25th
  • February 20th and 21st
  • March 20th and 21st
Further information

To request more information on this course and an application form contact ben.lindsay@hse.ie

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday December 1st, 2023.

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