Group facilitation

Course Dates: 17/02/19 - 24/02/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Develop your skills in leading groups through this exploration of facilitator styles, group roles, interventions, stages of group development and hidden dynamics. Experiential and theory based. This course is aimed at counsellors, other helping professionals and trainees.


What is the course about?

The course is about exploring and practising different aspects of facilitating groups/teams.

What will we cover?

Role of a facilitator.
Styles of facilitating.
Roles individuals may take on in Groups.
Stages of group development.
Types of interventions to use with groups.

The course assumes that the more aware you are of what goes on in groups the more likely you are to be able to facilitate groups. Attention will also be given to the often unspoken stuff that goes on in groups but that nevertheless can have a big impact on the atmosphere and tasks of groups.

A suggested reading list will be provided.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify different styles of facilitating.
Describe different types of interventions to make with groups.
Identify different roles that often exist and may be desirable in groups/teams.
Outline stages of group development.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for anyone (team managers, those in helping/theraputic professions, volunteer group leaders etc.) working with groups; whether new to or wishing to improve leading/facilitating groups/teams. We all have a wealth of experience of groups because we grow up in them: family, school etc. However no specific experience of facilitating groups is needed in order to attend.
Please note the experiential nature of the course will require you to be willing to take part in the exercises and discussions and to use your own experience as material to learn from.
This includes the requirement to express yourself clearly, fluently and accurately in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

It is an experiential course that includes input on theory and group discussion. There will be individual, partner and small group work. You will be required to carry out some experiential homework between the two days of the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. Handouts will be provided during the course however please bring paper and pens.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to enrol on other group/coaching/counselling/personal development courses such as
PT548 - CBT for therapists and counsellors
PT544 - Acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare professionals
PT556 - Working with two chairs
PT542 - Ways into working with couples
PT569 - Working therapeutically with masks
PT583 - Working with couples: an introduction.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 8 item(s)

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Really helpful if you want to build confidence and skills in working with groups. Don't worry if you're not already.
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Review by Anon / (Posted on 12/11/2018)
This course is first rate. The content is excellent and professionally delivered by an excellent and engaging tutor.

I finished the course with a real toolbox of skills to take back into my workplace. I am recommending this course to all my colleagues who work with different types of groups.

I have taken many courses with City Lit over the years and I would count this one as one of the best.

If you want to learn group work skills and have a really good time doing so, I think this course delivers.
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Review by Mary (Ruby) / (Posted on 19/01/2018)
It was a great course and a great atmosphere! The tutor is knowledgeable sensitive and a caring man who is a great facilitator. I have now found myself a venue and in the process of advertising. I feel very confident to move forward in group work. Thanks :-)
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Review by Marcia / (Posted on 14/11/2017)
This was a very good course that gave you an easy and comprehensive guide to improve your skills. I thought that the tutor was excellent and he made the course very enjoyable.
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Review by Big Rich / (Posted on 19/11/2016)
I really liked this course. The course was engaging in the topic and included activities and learning of knowledge.
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Review by Lisa / (Posted on 15/11/2016)
This was an excellent course for anyone involved in groupwork or thinking about becoming involved.
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Review by John B / (Posted on 14/11/2016)
Excellent insight to group facilitation, techniques, tools that can be used in group work. Great tutoring with encouragement for participating. Highly recommend if you want to work with groups,
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Review by Jj / (Posted on 15/11/2015)
A great introduction to groups and facilitating groups, could have spent a lot more time looking at this. Great use of exercises to enable learning and discussion.
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Review by Emma C / (Posted on 01/06/2015)

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Course Code: PT531

Sun, day, 17 Feb - 24 Feb '19

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00
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