|Cura’s national conference 2010 takes place on 26 and 27 March in Athlone addressing: ‘Adoption as an option in crisis pregnancy counselling’; and ‘The role of the father in crisis pregnancy counselling’. More information and video here.
CURA annual conference 2010
Approximately 180 CURA counsellors will attend the conference from 16 centres and three outreach services throughout the country, and will participate in the training over the two days to increase their awareness and skills in two key areas:
Update from CURA
In 2009 CURA received 2630 telephone contacts and 1333 face-to-face contacts. 142 clients also availed of its post abortion service.
CURA provides a free and confidential telephone service tel 1850 622 626 and a face to face conselling service to both men and women, by appointment or at its drop-in centres, and responds to the needs of those experiencing what is or has become a crisis in their pregnancy.
In 2009 a post-natal support service was added to the CURA services offered in three centres: Galway, Cork, and Kerry. This new service offers a safe place where any mother may share her concerns and doubts with a CURA counsellor, and where she will be supported should she feel alone, isolated or need to talk to someone in the weeks or months following the birth of her baby. This service is also available to the baby’s father as he also begins to adjust to his new role of fatherhood. This service, which in 2010 will be extended to other CURA centre, is currently being delivered on a pilot basis and will be subject to external evaluation.
A new outreach centre was also launched in November 2009 in Drogheda, and will be operated from the Dundalk centre.
NUI Certificate in Crisis Pregnancy Counselling
A total of nine Cura counsellors from centres throughout the country completed this course in May 2009, and a further seven counsellors started the course in autumn of 2009.
Schools awareness continues to be an important part of CURA