This immersive two-day workshop will increase your awareness and understanding of the underlying processes that affect the way groups and teams function.
Who is it for?
The workshop is ideal for:
- People planning to facilitate groups
- People currently facilitating groups and wish to review and develop knowledge and skills
- Facilitators interested in Gestalt concepts applied to group facilitation
WHY JOIN US?
When a group or team meets to do a particular job, such as planning a budget or reviewing output production, the members concern themselves primarily with content, that is, the task or the subject matter. Difficulties which have no direct relation to the budget or output production may develop in the group. Problems of communication occur even though the language being used is seemingly clear. Difficult feelings may also emerge between people. These indirect matters involve processes, dynamics, and need special attention if the group or team is to get on with its work.Learning more about the distinction between these two levels of functioning and developing the capacity to identify underlying dynamics can be very helpful.
Groups also develop structure, that is, ways in which the different parts of a group (the people) relate to each other and to the group as a whole. Groups also develop norms, rules, roles and procedures. Some of these are explicit and overt and some of them are implicit and covert. An understanding of these patterns can help you to greatly enhance group effectiveness.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
The Understanding Group Dynamics workshop is practical, highly participative and experiential with theoretical input. There’s time for reflection on participants’ work settings and application of learning.The aims are to help you:
- Develop your awareness and understanding of the difference between content and dynamics
- Increase your understanding of the importance of roles, norms and structure
- Develop your capacity to think about the group ‘as a whole’
THE TWO-DAY PROGRAMME
The ‘group as a whole’; theory and practice
Dynamics in your team and how to work with them
Learning from the group in the ‘here and now’
Dynamics ‘below the surface’
Overt and covert norms and roles
Change processes in groups