“Stay in the present. The present is more available than either memories of the past or fantasies of the future. So attend to what is happening now.”
“Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening.”
(John Wilder, ’The Tao of Leadership’, Wildwood House 1986)
Many human relations professionals are increasing their work in groups and teams, both face to face and particularly now, on-line.
Working together in groups and teams can be highly effective, impactful, rich and rewarding work.
Creating, developing and maintaining well- functioning groups requires use of a range of sensitive, skilful capacities underpinned by knowledge of theory and a high level of self awareness and reflexivity.
These programmes provide opportunities at different levels to learn, review, share experiences, grow and develop in your work as a facilitator.
We have been running the workshops for over 20 years and continue to evolve the design and approach as the need for skilful facilitators increases.
The role of the facilitator
A facilitator works with a group to help participants achieve their goals, purpose or task. It is not about providing answers or taking responsibility for the group, rather it involves many skills and capacities to support, enable and challenge so that the group achieves it’s objectives.
For this a facilitator may plan and prepare in many settings, particularly where there may be much overlap with team leadership, training / educational delivery and outcomes needed in more task oriented situations. It can be important also to let go of what is prepared and stay with what is emerging in the group whilst not losing sight of the purpose or task.
A central part of the role is being able to work with the processes and dynamics which develop in the group or team. This may include using exercises or structures at particular times at other times it may not. The capacity to improvise, let go, be creative, is an important skill for facilitators.
A good facilitator works with what is present, enabling people to work and be creative together.
Who are these courses for
Anyone who is facilitating groups and leading teams or is planning to do so. The workshops are designed for people working in a range of settings which enhances the learning across different disciplines.
Participants include professionals working with people and teams such as coaches, consultants, team leaders, GPs, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, teachers, lecturers, NGO leaders, residential workers, voluntary sector workers and others.
- Deepen understanding and awareness of the role and scope of group facilitation.
- Preparation and learning for intervening in a range of groupwork and team settings with context in mind rather than sets of exercises to be applied ‘to’ a group.
- Understanding of group dynamics, ‘below the surface’, and how to work effectively with them in groups and teams bringing increased effective communication and change.
- Develop a deeper awareness of yourself and capacity to use this well in service of the group.
- Find out how to plan and prepare for facilitating groups
- Consider and appreciate diversity, intersectionality and cultural dimensions in a group or team
- Gain insight into how groups develop norms, roles and structure and build your confidence to enable effective change and high performance
- Increase your capacity and skills to work with groups and teams, effectively, in turbulent times
- Experience and practice working in the ‘here and now’ with ‘what is’ and with the insightful Gestalt approach that uniquely combines thoughtful theoretical input, experiential learning and skills practice.
- Make the most of this unique opportunity for professional development where you learn from, share and practice with a leading gestalt practitioner and a diverse group of leaders and professionals in each course.
These overall programme outcomes are complemented with specific course content outlined in each course section.
Groupwork Tutor, Michael Ellis MA
Michael is a UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist and a consultant and trainer with over 30 years’ experience of working with groups and consulting to teams in various settings, particularly in the public and voluntary sectors. He was Managing Director of the Gestalt Centre for many years as well as the Core Tutor for part of the Centre’s MA programme. He has an MA is in Consultancy with Organisations from the Tavistock and is particularly interested in how our ideas and beliefs affect our interactions with others and the organisations we work in, as well as how the organisations affect us as individuals.