Group Facilitation

Group Facilitation Training

We are currently discussing running this training again late in 2017 or early 2018.  Please contact us to register interest and to be given further details when available.

The life of groups offers a vital counterpoint to society’s overemphasis on individualism; a consequence of the now dysfunctional hero myth that has dominated Western culture. The course will provide a transpersonal framework for engaging the life and dynamics of a group, as well as practical coaching in the design and leading of groups. The first part consists of six weekends over seven months. The focus will be on the how rather than the what of leading. Coaching will be used to balance learning to develop an imaginative and empowering context with the practical competences of skilful group facilitation.

While learning to hold a space within which the extraordinary may emerge in the life of a group, the practical aims of this training are to enable participants to:

  • understand and apply group dynamics
  • contain and catalyse unconscious process
  • assess your facilitating strengths and weaknesses
  • increase your range of group facilitation skills.

This training is for: counsellors, psychotherapists, coaches, trainers and those who have group work experience and are facilitating or planning to facilitate workshops and training courses. It is suitable both for those who wish to incorporate a facilitation element in their work and for experienced trainers who wish to refine their skills.

Method

The learning method will model a teaching style of mixing theory and experience to foster ‘inside-out’ learning in which participants’ understanding is intimately connected to experience. We will attempt to situate ourselves in the gap between experience and the language we use to describe or reflect on it. This gap is a liminal space that fosters empathic attunement and creative response.

Creating the free space to allow emergent possibilities takes a commitment to breaking open old patterns. For facilitators, it will be an exploration into how group process reflects both their own process and something unknown that is attempting to make its presence felt.

Inside-out learning includes:

  • The experience of being a group participant
  • Facilitating group sessions with live feedback
  • Integrating learning within the work situation through supervision.

“I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason”    Keats

Course Components – this outline may be subject to change

Saturday/Sunday 10am-5pm

1. Group Life and the Politics of Experience

Group participants contribute consciously and unconsciously to the formation of group identity that is simultaneously shaping them. During this weekend, we study our own evolving behaviour and highlight the systemic and individual factors that contribute to the dynamic experience of the group. Particular attention is given to how difference is managed and the transformational effect of authentic engagement.

2. Transformational Fields

How can we understand the processes in which we participate and not get outside of them? How can we offer leadership without taking control? Ideas and skills drawn from Synergetic Field theory is a practical way of responding to these common dilemmas of facilitation. We explore the transformational edge of uncertainty through the skills of developing negative capability, staying with the flow, trusting and mistrusting and catalysing interactions through dialogue, enquiry, and metaphor.

3. Group Dynamics

During this weekend we will explore group dynamics within the field. A practical and theoretical introduction to stage related interventions will be offered with particular emphasis on group formation, early development and working with conflict. Starting with the exploration of safety and norms we will move on to explore distribution of roles within the groups, shame dynamics and what support the group may need to explore disagreements and conflicts.

4.Group Facilitation

The aim of this weekend is to broaden the awareness of whole group processes and to find practical ways of approaching them when working with groups. Participants will be invited to experiment with various levels of group interventions such as whole group, subgroup, interpersonal and intrapersonal and to use their own countertransference to sense the field of the group. The dynamic interplay between the wholes and the parts will be explored in this training bringing together psychotherapeutic theories with cultural and ecological contexts.

5. The Shadow of Groups

This workshop explores the interrelationship between individual and collective shadow and identifies the factors that contribute to the corruption of integrity and to dysfunctional group conformity. These include: denial of group shadow; inflation; the need to be special; enchantment and seduction; group regression to a narcissistic level.

6. Group Leadership

This practical workshop focuses on participants’ learning through leading the group and debriefing their experience in relation to conscious and unconscious processes in their facilitation.

Assessment and awards

Those students who complete Part 1 of the programme with satisfactory feedback from their peers will receive a Certificate of Group Facilitation. For the award of Diploma, students will need to complete a case study of 6,000 words while undertaking a further six months of facilitating groups supervised by a member of the training team. Details of Part II are below.

Fees:           Part I: £1,300   (tbc) 

Application

Why do you want to do this training?

How do you intend to use it?

Please respond to the above questions and give details of your training, relevant qualifications and field of experience. Send your answers together with details of your name, occupation, contact address, telephone number and email address to Re-Vision with a non-returnable deposit of £50.

Training Team

Adam Kincel UKCP is a relational gestalt psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Adam has completed an MA in Gestalt Therapy and a PgDip in the Psychodynamics of Human Development. He currently works therapeutically with groups and individuals, trains at Re-Vision and at the Gestalt Therapy Institute in Poland and facilitates an ongoing group at the RNIB.

Chris Robertson is a registered psychotherapist and has been a supervisor and a trainer since 1978 working extensively in several European countries. As well as psychosynthesis, he trained in child psychotherapy and family therapy. He is a co-founder and training director of Re-Vision, has a private practice with couples and is the author of Dangerous Margins in Vital Signs (Karnac).

Jane Weinberg is a registered psychotherapist trained in Humanistic Counselling and Integrative Psychosynthesis and has been a trainer and supervisor since 2000. She has worked extensively with young people and adults and has a private practice working with individuals, groups and supervisees. She is the co-ordinator for this course.

Part II Diploma in Group Facilitation – to follow part 1, dates and fee tbc 

This extension course open only to those who have completed Part 1, consists of:

  1. Six monthly Friday evening supervision of group work groups
  2. Six monthly Saturdays including:
  3. a) Course Design: the principles of course design in relation to different stages of group life and the balance between conscious planning and the space for flexibility.
  4. b) Group Leading: a practical group led by participants to deepen understanding of unconscious processes in groups and offer coaching in relevant methods
  5. A final group assessment day debriefing case studies and trainer feedback.

Re-Vision is an educational charity set up in 1988 for the purposes of offering an integrative and transpersonal approach to counselling and psychotherapy, grounded in good practice.

Other training programmes include: Counselling training – three years’ part time, BACP accredited;

Psychotherapy training – two years’ part time, UKCP accredited; Couple work training, and Supervision Training as well as personal and professional development programmes.

Contact: Re-Vision, 97 Brondesbury Road, London NW6 6RY 020 8357 8881 info@re-vision.org.uk for information or to discuss the group facilitation or other training. www.re-vision.org.uk or visit us on Facebook.