SHARE Programme

About S.H.A.R.E. Programme

How can you spot an unhealthy relationship? How do you know which parts of porn are unrealistic? And how do you know for sure if your partner is consenting?

Young people ask questions like these all the time. It’s time we did more to help them find the answers.

Introducing the SHARE Programme. Supporting the education of young people in this very important area, Richie Sadlier and Elaine Byrnes offer this new online course in sexual health and relationships, the first of its kind in Ireland.

Developed in collaboration with Olive Group, the SHARE Programme is a response to the growing need to provide relationship and sexuality education that is objective, fact-based, inclusive, and comprehensive.

The primary aim of this course is to support young people to have healthy, safe and enjoyable experiences in their personal relationships.

Informed by the personal, academic and professional experience of the course creators, and driven by their passion to support young people, the SHARE Programme provides a novel approach to delivering Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE).

S.H.A.R.E. Programme Modules

Introduction

The opening module explores the topic of adolescent sexuality.

S.H.A.R.E. Programme - Relationships
Relationships

Module 2 acknowledges the space for individual expression and personal preferences.

Consent

Module 3 discusses consent; how consent is effectively communicated and achieved.

S.H.A.R.E. Programme -Pornography
Pornography

In this module, we discuss the role porn can play in the exploration of adolescent sexuality.

S.H.A.R.E. Programme - Alcohol
Alcohol and Sexual Decision Making

Module 5 outlines how the influence of alcohol can impact decision-making and behaviour.

S.H.A.R.E. Programme - Contraception and STIs
Contraception and STIs

Module 6 discusses the prevalence of risk-taking and the importance of sexual health.

About Elaine Byrnes

Elaine Byrnes, is a Doctoral Researcher at the School of Psychology, NUI, Galway. Her research areas of interest are in sexual behaviour, particularly in the negotiation of consent, and how gender, drugs and alcohol may mediate this in young people. She is an experienced facilitator of Consent Workshops at third level. Her work on developing the Smart Consent initiative resulted in a nomination for the Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award by the USI (Union of Students in Ireland).

At second level, Elaine has developed and co-facilitated a sexual health module for Transition Year students and has been an invited speaker on sexual health, consent and online safety to both students and parents. She has also been nominated for the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at NUI, Galway.

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About Richie Sadlier

Richie is an accredited psychotherapist with a passion for supporting adolescent development.

In addition to running his own private practice in south Dublin, he created modules in sexual health and mental fitness, which he delivered to the Transition Year students of St Benildus from 2014-2019. He is a regular contributor to RTE television & radio on issues relating to young people, consent, sexual health and emotional wellbeing. He regularly speaks in secondary schools, promoting positive wellbeing and help-seeking behaviour among the students.

A former professional footballer, he is perhaps most widely known for his role on the RTE panel analysing international, domestic and Champions League football. Richie released his memoir, Recovering, in 2019, which was named the An Post Sports Book of the Year.

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