Groupwork Skills Program

The Groupwork Skills Program provides participants with information and skills in planning for, developing, delivering and evaluating a groupwork program. It has been developed as a practical program so that participants learn skills and theory experientially in order to deliver better groupwork programs on their topic of choice. The practical components of this program provide participants with a systematic process in which to develop a program as well as activities and ways to deal with different issues within groups. It can be delivered in a variety of modes, for example:

Mode One

A three-day workshop which will end with an action planning session where individual participants will start planning to develop, deliver and evaluate a group program. Topics include:

  • Brief overview of groupwork theory and practice
  • The positives and negatives of groupwork
  • Types of group programs and their aims
  • Types of activities to use within group programs, their aims and when to (and not to) use them
  • Learning styles of participants and group leaders
  • Leadership styles
  • Group dynamics, processes and development
  • Presentation skills
  • Planning for running a group (action planning)

Mode Two

A six to eight month process of six phases (depending on need)

Phase 1: Pre-reading material provided to potential participants which includes some exercises
Phase 2: A three-day workshop as outlined in mode one.
Phase 3: A three-month period in which participants carry out a needs assessment and develop a succinct plan for a groupwork program they will deliver. During this phase the trainer is available for email support including provision of resources as necessary. Six weeks into this process a survey will be circulated to establish any needs for phase four.
Phase 4: A face-to-face one day supervision session in which participants present (and therefore practice presentation skills) their plans for groupwork and receive any other support required.
Phase 5: A three to five month period in which participants develop, deliver and evaluate their program. During this phase the trainer is available for email support including provision of resources as necessary.
Phase 6: A final face-to-face one day supervision session in which participants present the results of their groupwork program. It is expected that participants present recommendations in which to improve their programs for future delivery.

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