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 Professional Certificate in Group Facilitation Skills 

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This module is designed to assist the participants in gaining a deeper understanding of group counselling.

 

This five-day training program offers an introduction to the theory and practice of group facilitation. The course is designed to help health practitioners develop an understanding of group dynamics, as well as adding group facilitation to their repertoire of skills

 

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?


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.


WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

 

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. Having completed this course, you will be able to obtain experience in facilitation of support group under supervision and offer support group to a small short-term group, and demonstrate techniques to initiate, maintain, support and facilitate a group in its evolution. You will also have basic understanding of some conscious and unconscious group dynamics, understand what a group facilitator’s role is, understand group boundaries, create and maintain them and understand how groups affect facilitator emotionally.


WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DOING THIS COURSE?


This five-day training program offers an introduction to the theory and practice of group facilitation. The course is designed to help health practitioners develop an understanding of group dynamics, as well as adding group facilitation to their repertoire of skills. The course offers a supportive environment and an opportunity to learn about the fundamental skills required in facilitating effective groups. It also gives unique opportunity for counsellors and health professionals to gain a basic understanding of both conscious and unconscious processes and dynamics that permeate all groups. 

Course Details

Venue: Nationwide

 

Duration: 5 Days - 30 Hours Programme (10am-5pm each day)

 

Next Start Date: TBC

 

Syllabus: 

Day 1: Introduction to the Group Work Practice: Exploration of the Theories and Approaches to Group Facilitation

Day 2: Growing a Group: Preparations, Dynamic Administration and Assessment Interviews

Day 3: The Group in Action: Conscious and Unconscious Group Dynamics

Day 4: Working with diversity and Complexity Issues

Day 5: Integration/ Assessment Day

 

Assessed Award:

PCI College Certificate In Group Facilitation Skills

 

 

This is a Contining Professional Development Course specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students) and other helping professionals with therapeutic experience.

 

If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or 01-4642268.

Day 1

 

Introduction to the Group Work Practice: Exploration of the Theories and Approaches to Group Facilitation

 

At the first day of the programme we will look at the theoretical contributions to understanding group work. We will also discuss different types and models of group facilitation and its implications.

 

  • Introduction to the group theories
  • Understanding why some groups flourish and others flounder
  • Necessary decisions when planning the group
  • Examples: different groups for different populations
  • Assessment of individuals for group work
  • Understanding boundaries, creating and maintaining them.

 

 

Day 2

 

Growing a Group: Preparations, Dynamic Administration and Assessment Interviews.

 

The second course day takes a look at crucial components of the beginning stages of planning successful group.

 

  • Skills and techniques for setting up a group
  • Referrals and how to get them
  • Potential difficulties at early group stages
  • Keeping record of the group
  • Ethical consideration
  • Use of the self and co-leadership in a group
  • First session

 

Day 3

The Group in Action: Conscious and Unconscious Group Dynamics.

 

  • Stages in group development and techniques in facilitating the progress of these stages.
  • Developing Trust in a group
  • Introduction to unconscious processes underlying a group
  • Managing conflict in support group

 

 

Day 4

 

Working with diversity and Complexity Issues.

 

  • Matters of racial, social and sexual diversity in a group.
  • Attachment Theory and Group Work: managing endings, absences and breaks.
  • Concepts of Holding and Containing and their function in group process
  • How groups can affect the facilitator emotionally?

 

 

Day 5

 

Integration/ Assessment Day

 

The Integration Day takes place in a group discussion setting, where participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four core workshops and applied it to their practice. The integration Day will solidify learning, and provides an opportunity for case discussion and supervision/assessment. We will revisit most important concepts discussed during the training.

 

 

Learning Outcomes:

 

Skills

 

Having completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Obtain experience in facilitation of support group under supervision
  • Offer support group to a small short term group, and demonstrate techniques to initiate, maintain, support and facilitate a group in its evolution
  • Have basic understanding of some conscious and unconscious group dynamics.
  • Understand what a group facilitator’s role is.
  • Understand support group boundaries, create and maintain them
  • Understand how groups affect facilitator emotionally




 

What our Students Say

"I found this module extremely informative. I feel that I have gained a huge wealth of insight into childhood / adolescent developmental stages. I feel ready to take on this demanding work".
2012-2013 Student - Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

What our Students Say

“Shared experience, grounded examples, very knowledgeable with varied modes of teaching, loved it.Put a huge effort into each section, very much appreciated”
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