The Course

A programme for facilitators with considerable experience who want to further develop their skills, insight and theoretical understanding and strengthen core facilitation competencies.

Who is the course for?

This is an advanced course for professionals who have undertaken some group work training. Your work may be as a team coach, therapist, psychologist, counsellor, psychotherapist, consultant or human relations professional in other settings such as probation, education, health where you are regularly working with groups and teams.

You will have experience as a trainer, teacher, subject specialist and also some experience of ‘stepping away’ from those roles to more fully take up the facilitator role in which you use process skills and facilitation expertise to help create an environment so that the group or team is able to learn, grow, develop and reach their goals.

Why choose this course?

You will learn about the gestalt approach and other theoretical perspectives.

You will be looking for the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your work as a facilitator.

You will be willing to contribute, sharing work experiences with other experienced professionals.

You want to review, refine and experiment with your intervention skills and develop your presence as a facilitator.

What you will gain:

• An increased ability to connect and respond flexibly to others
• Further conceptual understanding to support your work
• Greater personal awareness
• A wider range of intervention choices and skills to make them

Structure and Approach

Each day will contain elements of skills practice, supervision / case study work and experiential learning. There will be some pre-course contact so that the programme can be developed with individual needs in mind.

Course Tutor

Michael Ellis MA, UKCP Registered, BACP Registered practitioner, is a psychotherapist, consultant and trainer with thirty years’ experience as a psychotherapist and over thirty years of working with groups as a facilitator.

He has a Master’s Degree in Consultancy with Organisations from the Tavistock and consults to teams in various settings particularly in the public and voluntary sector. Until recently he was the MD of the Gestalt Centre and continues to be a member of faculty for the MA programme in group and individual psychotherapy.

His background includes designing and delivering training and providing team facilitation for a wide variety of statutory and non-statutory organisations including the probation service, the NHS, NCVO and Centrepoint amongst others.

He was an Associate Lecturer on the PhD Programme in Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey and has for many years run the Highgate Consultancy working with individuals, groups and teams.


To Be Announced
5 days, 10am to 5pm on all days


  • Self-funded: £820 (20% discount for current GC Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Students & Graduate Members)
  • Voluntary/public sector: £975
  • Corporate Sponsor: £1387

10% early bird discount for external applicants who pay in full 3 months or more before the start date.


All training days take place at:
The Gestalt Centre
15-23 St Pancras Way


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