Groups can be scary places for group facilitators, as well as group members. Learning about the basics, can offer confidence and new skills. The course is designed as an introduction to Groupwork skills – focusing on particular areas that are designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and practical skills necessary to go about setting up and facilitating an effective group. It offers a supportive environment and an opportunity to learn about the fundamental skills required in facilitating effective groups.
Basic introduction to Group Theory. Understanding why some groups flourish and others flounder.
What a group facilitator’s role is.
Understanding boundaries, creating and maintaining them.
Mentalization in groups.
How groups affect the facilitator emotionally.
How to manage how members relate to each other, and you, within the group, so that these help rather than hinder the group task.
The Course is designed for those working with groups in a variety of settings, including mental health and other health related services, drugs and alcohol recovery services, therapy, counselling, probation and prison services, social care, children and young people’s services and education providers. It will also be of benefit to those who wish to develop a greater understanding of team and organisational dynamics.