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Groupwork – The 4 Variations- Presenting, Leading, Facilitating, and Train-the-trainer eWorkshop 3-May-2022

May 3, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm AEST


These four approaches are all Groupwork processes – similar and overlapping, yet quite different. In each of these, the needs of the participants are always foremost and guide what we do, yet how we do this varies enormously. This workshop will take you through all four processes.

‘Presenting’: is more about the presenter’s content; who is seeking to pass something on; ideas, information, strategies…

‘Leading’: is also about the leader’s content and they are taking people through it, but constantly guided by input from participants and blending the two.

‘Facilitating’: is all about the content of the participants. The facilitator helps others work through their concerns, topics, issues, worries, hopes or dreams. Ideally, a very clear role for the facilitator is negotiated beforehand; and an essential part of this is being clear as to whether the facilitator is guided completely by the participants or whether the facilitator’s role is more ‘dynamic’ where they have permission to raise things which the group may have overlooked. This is a vital consideration particularly when the facilitator has experience/knowledge of the content area.

‘Train the trainer’: “Train-the-Trainer” can refer to different processes, so I thought I’d let you know just how I will be approaching it in this workshop. Person A (that’s you) has become very knowledgeable and skilled in your craft; and if you work in the community, health or youth sectors, you will be working with people in some way. So you are now training other workers; ie persons B in how to work with persons C (clients). And so you might want to know more about what are generally regarded as ‘Adult Learning Principles’, about how to be engaging and interesting in how you train and about how to respond to potential questions and challenges from those you will be training. So if you are person A, then this workshop might just be helpful to you.

Facilitator: Peter Slattery

Peter has worked with individuals, families and communities for over 30 years. He lives in Sydney, but works throughout Australia as well as Asia, Europe and North America. He has written ‘Youth works’ and produced the training DVD ‘Conversations with young people’, and most recently the group work resource ‘THOUGHTPICS’. He strives constantly to find or develop new, exciting and ever more useful ways of helping people explore what troubles or inspires them. In this quest, he calls on anything that might be helpful; physical movement, theatre, storytelling, drawing, what might be called ‘humour’ and really, anything at all that might add something to this process. Peter says “what a totally challenging joy all of this is”!

Feedback from previous workshops

We collect feedback from participants at the conclusion of each workshop we facilitate. You can find summary data on our feedback page. Some of the feedback collected from 175 participants between 2012 and 2018 in Peter Slattery’s Groupwork and Young People workshop includes:

“Pete is great – engaging – informative.”

“All of the content was important and relevant. I really enjoyed building confidence with group-based stuff.”

“There are activities that I can use straight away and I am looking forward to positively adapting the way I engage groups.”

“Excellent mix of hands on activities and learning backed up by theories about why it works.”

“I loved all of it – such a privilege to spend this time with you and learn from your knowledge and stories Pete.”

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