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Become A Certified Story Exchange Facilitator – Online Training For Secondary School Teachers & Youth/ Community Workers

Apply now to become a certified Story Exchange Facilitator. Join a community of educators across Ireland who believe in the transformative power of instilling empathy skills in youth.

About the Story Exchange

The Story Exchange is an evidence-based methodology, which teaches young people social and emotional skills and improves well-being. The Story Exchange increases peer support and instills a sense of resilience and belonging by reducing feelings of isolation.

Getting young people to share stories breaks down barriers, builds trust and reinforces the idea that they are not alone. The Story Exchange Programme can be delivered over 5 weeks. Through circle-work students will develop oral literacy skills, creativity skills, deep listening skills, public speaking/ storytelling skills and social and emotional learning skills.

About the Training

The Narrative 4 Facilitator training will give you the skills to effectively deliver a Story Exchange programme in your  school/ youth group. You will be given access to an online toolkit and become a member of a growing community of practitioners.  The CPD (Certified Professional Development) online training consists of 4 short online modules and mentorship.

On completion, you will be able to deliver Story Exchanges in settings such as classrooms, youth centres, and online via Zoom. The training will take approximately 8 hours in total of self-directed learning modules & online workshops.

Cost of Facilitator Training. Special offer for Summer 2021

Narrative 4 Ireland’s The Empathy Project is supported by Rethink Ireland and other generous donors. The cost of the training is €450 but is generously subsidised by Rethink Ireland to the value of €300. Meaning you pay €150. Upcoming training dates in June, July, and August 2021. For Summer 2021 – we are running a special offer: The cost of the training will be 50% off for POST PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATORS – meaning you pay €75 and 20% off for YOUTH WORKERS.- €120 for the training. Apply before July 21st

Module 1- Tuesday afternoons, Multiple Dates

Module 2- Self directed online course.

Module 3- runs Thursdays 4pm to 6pm. Multiple Dates

Module 4 runs every Tuesday afternoon

Facilitator Bursary

Throughout the year Narrative 4 Ireland offers a number of bursaries; providing recipients with free training. These bursaries are given priority to individuals/ organisations where budget is a barrier to training. Apply using the Facilitator application form, but please indicate in the application if you intend to apply for a bursary. 

For Summer 2021 we have 10 bursaries on offer. Priority will be given to educators/ youth workers working with disadvantaged youth, Travellers /Mincéirs/ migrants youth. And Youth in direct provision centers. A draw with all eligible applicants will take place on Monday 19th July and applicants will be notified the following day.

*Applicants need to take up the offer of training in July or August.



“The Story Exchange has enabled my students to broaden their horizons”

“I trained as a Story Exchange Facilitator in 2018 and have found it so beneficial to my students. The Story Exchange has enabled my students to broaden their horizons, the focus on creating real world connections is invaluable in developing emotional intelligence among a generation that sometimes struggles with this. Getting young people to tell stories about their lives is a force for social change.”

Paula O’Sullivan – Secondary School English Teacher at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

“a powerful facilitation tool which allows young people to feel heard and validated”

“I really wanted to train as a Narrative 4 facilitator because I felt it would be a very effective tool, particularly when working with some hard-to-reach young people that Gaisce engages with across the country. I did my training in 2019, and have since run a number of story exchanges. It is a powerful facilitation tool which allows young people to feel heard and validated.”

Niall Barrett, Development Officer at Gaisce- The President’s Award.