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 for those working in therapy, counselling, social care, mental health, drug/alcohol recovery, probation/prison service/nursing context or related fields. The course is designed to help develop an understanding of group dynamics as well as equipping professionals to add group facilitation to their repertoire of professional skill.


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 are the benefits of doing this course?  

This is a comprehensive introduction with professional certification in group facilitation. Our focus is on imparting the necessary knowledge and skills to be an effective, ethical and professional group facilitator. This includes theories and models of group facilitation, group dynamics, group development and the role of the effective group facilitator. It will also afford an opportunity to practise group skills through participation in a small training group. Helping groups flourish, understanding the boundaries within groups, record keeping, how to start-up a group, matters of race, social/sexual diversity in groups and ethical considerations will also be explored during the short programme.


What will you learn? 

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 programme provides a well-balanced combination of theory and experiential learning. Each day of the course will consist of theoretical, practical and process orientated components. All learning will take place in a group setting and will offer participants opportunities to reflect on their own experiences of and in groups and on their professional practice.

Course Details


DURATION: 5 Days    START DATE: 18th April 2024


TIMETABLE: 9.30 am to 4.30 pm


DAY 1: Thursday 18th April 2024

DAY 2: Friday 19th April 2024

DAY 3: Thursday 25th April 2024

DAY 4: Friday 26th April 2024

DAY 5: Friday 10th May 2024


AWARD: PCI College Professional Certificate in Group Facilitation Skills


VENUE: Live Online 




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

The first day of the programme looks at the theoretical contributions to understanding group work as well as 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 TWO: 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 THREE: 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 FOUR: 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 FIVE: 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.



 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



Assessment will be via ongoing feedback and assessment through the supervision of the course leader.  

  • Attend all five days of the programme
  • Poster presentation on the key learnings from the programme thus far and signpost their future development
  • Reflexive statement

Entry Requirements



Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training (BSc Degree Year 2 onwards).


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: €680

PCI College Graduate & Student Full Price*: €640

PCI College Alumni Member Discount Price: €580 - Join Alumni group on LinkedIn here to avail of discount.

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate in the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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