Course Profile

Course Profile: Group Work Skills (Introduction) (1-3 Days)
Groups have a tendency to produce predictable dynamics and these can be very powerful indeed. Skillfully facilitated groups can produce positive outcomes and conversely, poor facilitation can be destructive.
This introductory skills-based course aims to teach the essential elements of good group work practice and facilitation to group leaders to apply in a range of ways, including Group Supervision and Support Groups *
The course draws on a range of theoretical frameworks: Tuckman’s model  of group development,  Carl Rogers core conditions and person centred theory, and Egan’s ‘skilled helper’.
This course supports the Social Care Commitment and is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing)
The course provides some knowledge for
Care Certificate: 5, 6
MIS (2012): 3.2, 5.1, 5.3
QCF: HSC31, 3008, 3010, LM1c, LM2c, O2Oc, LM1a, LD504,
NHS KSF: Core 1.3

The course is designed for those working in settings where service user groups are featured and would be suitable for work where there is therapeutic benefit e.g. support groups, substance use groups, skills groups, staff groups, Group Supervision etc. The course will assist meeting the CQS Fundamental Standards
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • Why work with a group rather than one to one; positives and negatives
  • The different types of groups and which are suitable in which setting
  • How to create and prepare for a group: Policy, selecting members, the environment etc
  • The Group Contract
  • The role, responsibility, tasks and required skills of the group leader
  • Co-facilitation
  • Therapeutic factors of the group
  • Roles ‘played’ in groups
  • Setting and maintaining appropriate ‘safe’ boundaries: Leader disclosure, Confidentiality etc.
  • How groups function: The Life Cycle of a Group and Group Processes
  • The formative stages and development of the group
  • How to appropriately end a group
  • The need for ongoing evaluation, debriefing and Supervision
  • The importance of recording: What, How, When and Access
  • Dealing with ‘difficult’ group members
* The course content and depth of exploration will be limited according to the chosen course duration
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Chalk & Talk, Modeling, Role Play, Feedback, Practice work, Group discussion, Questions and answer sessions, Handouts, Feedback