Group Dynamics and Facilitation
Group support can be a valuable and effective intervention for people living with complex or difficult circumstances. The ability to share your knowledge and experiences with others while also learning from the knowledge and experience of others can lead to new ways of thinking and approaching situations, as well as supporting a reduction in feelings of isolation. At the same time, groups can be organic and unpredictable, with each instance bringing new personalities and new complications. By learning how groups form, engage, and resist, and by understanding how to create an environment that emphasises the needs of the group as well as those of the individuals within it, support groups can maintain focus, cohesion, and effectiveness.
This workshop is designed to support staff and organisations in the voluntary, community, and social enterprises (VCSEs) to understand group dynamics within a support setting, and to manage and coordinate groups, or supervise volunteers to do so.
Our workshop includes:
- Formats – Discussions of the different forms of support groups.
- Stages of group development – The stages of group formation.
- Group factors – The various elements that affect group dynamics.
- Interventions – How to manage challenging behaviour in a group setting.
Aims and Objectives
An understanding of the why group support is desirable.
An understanding of how groups form and develop.
An exploration of situations that can occur, and how they can be managed.
An understanding of how to overcome challenges in a group situation.
Who is it for?
This workshop is for staff and volunteers of voluntary, community, and social enterprise organisations across the UK. Participants do not have to have been previously involved in group activities as this workshop can work as an introduction to the theories of group dynamics. There will be a maximum of 15 participants per workshop to allow for meaningful engagement.