Course Profile

Course Profile: Working Creatively with Groups (1-3 Days)
Often workers shy away from groups, being somewhat anxious about emerging Group Dynamics and the challenge of effective leadership. However, working with groups is not only time efficient, making the best use of resources, but the medium also provides a unique opportunity for experiential learning and development.
The course is informed by a range of group work theory including Tuckmans’s model of group development, Carl Roger’s Core Conditions and Person Centred theory, Art and Dramatherapy.
The course provides some knowledge for
CIS: 3.1, 7.1
QCF: HSC
NHS KSF: Core 1.4, HWB 4.4
MIS: 3.4, O2Oc
The course is designed for Health & Social Care workers and allied professions at all levels working with all service user groups and settings.

The course will assist organisations deliver CQC Outcome 1.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

• What makes a ‘group’
• The different types of groups
• The advantages and disadvantages of working with a group
• The advantages and disadvantages of being in a group
• The type of groups commonly provided in Health and Social support settings e.g. Discussion Group
• ‘Therapeutic’ Groups: ‘Voices’, Bereavement, Women etc
• Why some of these groups may not be appropriate in a residential setting
• The requirements of a group leader in these groups
• The limitations of the untrained worker
• The complexity of confidentiality in this area
• What is meant by Group Dynamics and the Lifecycle of a Group
• The policy and planning stages of a group including selection, membership, open/closed etc
• How to start and manage a group
• Different models of Group Work including self-facilitated groups
• Different facilitation and leadership styles including co-facilitation
• Facilitation skills
• Contracts, Reviews, Supervision, Recording etc.
• How to put theory into practice
Training methods utilised include theoretical presentation with experiential methods and Group Work, PowerPoint, Handouts, Chalk & Talk, Feedback