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Leading Structured Groups

Leading structured groups training from one of the UK's leading providers of intensive short courses.

     
   
 
   
 
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Course content for the Leading Structured Groups training course

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Available in 2-day and 3-day versions. (What’s the difference?).
 
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Background and rationale:

Most people in the helping professions will find themselves considering running, or actually running therapeutic groups from time to time. And yet, leading groups involves very different skills from those used in one-to-one work.

The course is designed for all those who are considering running or actually running structured groups. Managers are welcome, but should be aware that the course is aimed at practitioners with direct client contact. It is a multidisciplinary course, lasting three days.


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Course Aims:

This 3-day course aims to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to lead structured groups. That is, groups with a syllabus to cover, definite areas to explore, or knowledge and skills to impart.

It is a very participative and practical course in which the emphasis is on the course members having the opportunity to try out techniques. The accent is on the processes and skills of group leadership, rather than the specific therapeutic content that a particular group might contain.


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Course Structure:

1. Introductions, an overview of group work and the nature of the group work the delegates are involved in, the layout of the course, and exercise 1a which requires delegates to present what they know about Groupwork … in small groups.

2. Delegates work in pairs or trios (depending on how they'll be running their groups in real life) to prepare a group they will run at some stage during the 3-day course.

3. First pair/trio runs their group. The appropriate number of delegates act as group-members and the remainder of the delegates act as objective observers. The observers will give the account of what went on, later.

4. Observers give their feedback, confining themselves predominantly to things that went right. Similarly both group members and group leaders feedback their perceptions.

5. Stages 3 and 4 are repeated, to enable all delegates to experience each of the three different roles (group leader, group member, observer).

6. The tutor delivers coaching and feedback and a certain amount of prepared didactic input (lectures, 'tips' and 'secrets') in parallel with the (guided) feedback from Observers. This is supported by the course workbook.

7. The final afternoon is spent on the triathlon (an inter-group competition consisting of Presentation, Quiz and Future Plans) followed by registration and feedback. By this stage delegates are relaxed about the idea of 'games for a good purpose'.


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What the course will give you:

You will have the experience of preparing and running a group in a setting where you receive constructive feedback from both colleagues and the course tutor.

You will experience what it is like to be a delegate on a course run by your colleagues. As much as any amount of practise, this role-reversal can be the biggest 'eye-opener' for delegates.

You will have the chance of being part of a team of dispassionate observers while colleagues run a group. Dispassionate but insightful, in that you will be required to report back 'what works'.

You will have access to the insights and didactic input of the tutor, an experienced group leader.

You will be part of what is usually a high-energy, high morale event, where dele
gates pose and solve problems for themselves and each other, and make plans about applying what is covered to their future.

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How can I get more involved?


1.  Participate in this course
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We come to your organisation and train a group of 6-16 people for an all-inclusive fee, so you need to inform your training manager about the course, and see if they will commission it in.


2.  Bring the course to your organisation
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Up to 16 people can attend this course, and we bring it to you for an all-inclusive fee. The 3-day course costs £4,165 plus VAT and the 2-day course costs £2,950 plus VAT. Both courses have the same syllabus; the longer one provides the opportunity for greater depth in terms of case presentations and assimilation exercises. Both courses have exemplary ratings and feedback from delegates who attend them.

The fee covers all costs: the tutor, tutor's expenses (travel and accommodation), a workbook for every delegate, course evaluation (evaluation document returned to you), registration of all delegates on the APT (WhatWorksWithOffenders) database, individual certificates of attendance sent to each delegate after course attendance, certificate sent to you listing all who attended. You provide the teaching room, any refreshments you want to, and the delegates!

To arrange this course, email office@whatworkswithoffenders.co.uk - or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.


3.  Have this approach become institutionalised within your organisation.
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We can help you find the most cost effective approach to training up sufficient numbers and getting systems in place so that this approach becomes institutionalised within your organisation. Contact us to discuss: email office@whatworkswithoffenders.co.uk - or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.


4.  Become a tutor for the course
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In order to achieve this you need to become an APT associate. If you are successful in achieving this then you can tutor the course in your own organisation, simultaneously saving your organisation half the course fee. There are also significant other benefits to being an associate. If you are a senior clinician with a real flair for putting things across, then contact us to discuss: email office@whatworkswithoffenders.co.uk - or call 0116 241 8331. We will be pleased to hear from you.

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As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course.



 
 
   
 

Feedback for the Leading Structured Groups training course:


"Without a doubt the best training course I have ever attended. Thoroughly enjoyable, relevant and helpful for my job role."
 
Stephanie Young, Coures Delegate


"Every person involved in running
groups should attend this course."
 
Mark Howard, CMHN

 
"Thoroughly enjoyable course – best course I have been on – fun, learnt loads and will be useful in rest of career … Tutor was excellent – drew on our experiences and his own – what has gone right and wrong. Very inspirational!"

K. Archibald, Occupational Therapist


"A very beneficial course, brilliantly delivered - inspiring and motivating."
 
Lee Clement, Discipline Officer


"One of the best courses I have attended, very relevant to my current caseload."
 
Maria Karvouni, Social Worker

 
"Should be mandatory to all clinicians."
 
Jean-Claude Lo, Liaison Mental Health Nurse


"Excellent course. Fantastic facilitator - engaging, informative, use of humour. Feel confident about trying to deliver a group having had very little previous experience."

Catherine Shaw, Social Worker


"Invaluable! I feel really privileged and appreciated being on the course a lot
 
Gurpreet Bhambra, Activities
Co-ordinator


 
"The course was phenomenal."
 
Course Delegate, Senior Staff Nurse


"I have been delivering group work for three years and have at long last had training that was badly needed. Thank you."
 
Peter Brotherton, Prison Officer


"My own confidence in my ability to run groups has increased and as a result of this course I will be able to use many of things I've learned in my own work with colleagues and customers. Excellent course. Thank you."

Janet Kaye, Specialist Physiotherapist


"Cracking! … The very design of the course made it extremely good fun and a pleasure to attend thank you."

Rob Wilkinson, CMP Practitioner


"A brilliant course, one of the best I have been on – loved every minute and learned loads. Thanks."

Nicola Rennie, Staff Nurse


"This course is a valuable asset to anyone who is lucky enough to get on it (gold in your pocket)."

Terry O'Reilly, Activities Coordinator


"I enjoyed every minute of the course and I am very glad that I attended the training."

Dorris Edosomwan, Drug and Alcohol Nurse Practitioner


"The course was well put together and I was given the challenge of stepping outside my comfort zone both professionally and emotionally on occasions. It proved to be a valuable learning experience and has provoked much thought in respect to my current practice and future directions. My thanks go to the tutor for his sensitive and enjoyable delivery."

John Cosgrove, Nurse










   




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