Group work- 4 Variations @ SYD CBD, NSW

Date: 02-Jul-2020

      City of Sydney RSL, Sydney, NSW- Thursday 2nd July 2020


      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: This is a tricky title because it has come to mean different things. And this we will unravel in the workshop because it’s important to negotiate clearly what we are required to do in any Train the Trainer workshop. Essentially though It’s reasonable to assume that those attending a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop are skilled and experienced in their field and are going to train others to do the same work. While they know their craft they be less confident about how to teach others, and what they are looking for is an understanding of what are generally regarded as Adult Learning Principles, engaging ways of passing on information and skills and some general understanding of groupwork.

        And that’s exactly what we shall explore in this workshop. 

        When: Thursday 2nd July 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

        Where: City of Sydney RSL, Sydney, NSW, 565 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

        Cost: The early bird booking is $255 registration occurs before 2nd June 2020 (GST included). The fee for registrations after the 2nd June is $310 (GST included). No morning tea or lunch is provided for this workshop at this venue. Participants can purchase refreshments at multiple shops in the near vicinity.

        To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.

        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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