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The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences - International Men's Day Celebrations

The SMDBS held a number of events in celebration of International Men's Day 2019 including a Workshop by Etain O'Kane from Therapy Belfast and a 'Drum Circle' facilitated by Joe Loughlin from 'The Gathering Drum'.

Staff from the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences with Joe Loughlin, Northern Ireland's leading Drum facilitator from 'The Gathering Drum'.

Event 1: Workshop by Etain O'Kane, Therapy Belfast

Man Up! How does society benefit from stereotypes about men?

This Workshop addressed some of the following:

  • Common gender stereotypes about men

  • How do these ideas benefit us as a society?

  • Considering the Impact: statistics on men’s physical and mental health in NI

  • What can we do about it?

A few words from Etain

"I've devoted my life to promoting positive health and wellbeing through peer-support groups, training, and a range of community based projects across Northern Ireland. I have a BA in Psychology, and several Counselling qualifications, and I am the first certified Radical Honesty trainer in Europe. I am on an Accredited Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and am currently working towards a Masters in Counselling & Therapeutic Communication. I also hold a Masters Degree in Creative Writing, am a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, a Laughter Yoga leader, and have a range of teaching and management qualifications."


Workshop 2: Drum Circle by Joe Loughlin, The Gathering Drum

Joe Loughlin is a trained youth worker and has been Northern Ireland’s leading drum facilitator for a decade. He has vast experience in running workshops using a single drum, to public participation with prepared performances drawing in many sectors of the community, including Northern Ireland’s largest community drum circle held at Culture Night.

Participants were taught some basic drumming techniques with the emphasis on the group to find its own rhythms. It is believed that a well organised and facilitated drum circle can raise energy levels, confidence, leadership and motivation. They also foster a sense of togetherness, community and team spirit and if nothing else, participants are encouraged and given the opportunity to sit down, take a load off and have some fun with drums! 

Excellent feedback was received from participants of both events.