Groupwork skills

In-house course

Develop skills and confidence in group facilitation, group management, co-facilitation and creative groupwork methods.

This is a 2 day in-house course (we come to you).

Understand the key stages of group process to develop your confidence in group facilitation.

Identify practical ways to overcome problems in groups, practise co-facilitation and develop creative methods to apply in your own setting.

    This training is available for individual staff members on our open programme in Bristol (you come to us).

    Also available as a 1 day in-house (we come to you).

    Course aims

    To develop participants' knowledge and understanding of working with groups

    Course objectives

    By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:

    • Explore stages of group development
    • Explore and practice some key skills for group facilitation
    • Identify practical ways of overcoming problems in groups
    • Consider resources and exercises to maximise participation and learning

    Venue info:

    In-house courses (we come to you)

    We would ask you to arrange a suitable venue and refreshments for the training. Contact us for more information.

    Trainer: Susan Lawrence

    "Absolutely everything was useful. All the theory, practice and games, as well as the opportunity to watch a skilled practitioner and hear her process. I have honestly never been on such a good and effective training session that has been so directly applicable or so well done!"

    Florrie Connell, Support Worker, One25, June 2021

    "A range of techniques to add depth and change of pace to sessions. Good to acknowledge different types within a group. Susan was really good at reading the room and adapting the session as required. Thank you!"

    Sarah Mountford, Project Volunteer Coordinator, Windmill Hill City Farm, June 2021

    "It was all great. The applicable theories, explanation of processes, “top tips”, energy raisers and a variety of activities. Absolutely brilliant! Cannot fault it. I have got so much out of this training and am looking forward to applying it to my work."

    Robyn Taylor, Peer Support Coordinator, Brigstowe Project, June 2021

    "Pretty much everything, breaking down the group process into all its parts, reflection throughout and practicing skills. Really enjoyed it and it felt beneficial for me to be in a small group. Looking forward to putting some new skills into practice."

    Roisin Soares, Outdoor learning educator, Windmill Hill City Farm, May 2019

    "Terms & conditions, aims & objectives, Tuckman theory, revisiting Maslow. Very well considered and thought out, practical and useful tips for actually doing it."

    Susan Lawrence, Tenancy Support Officer, Places for People, May 2019

    "Modelling the facilitator role and transparency, practical session running a 15 minute slot really useful. Theory given in a really accessible way. Lots of creative methods used kept it interesting. Felt safe and supported. Really useful, enjoyable and I know I will put a lot of my learning into practice."

    Ali Prescott, Counsellor, University of Bristol, September 2018