We’ve put together this programme of part-time short courses in response to increasing demand for insight and skills that enable people to work successfully with groups and teams. Whether you’re a people-focused professional or you work in a therapy-related role, you’ll find plenty of relevant and effective content.

Who are the workshops aimed at?

Anyone who works with or facilitates groups or who’s part of a team will find these workshops relevant and helpful. Previous participants include:

  • Managers, HR staff, team leaders, project managers
  • Teachers, probation officers, those working in the NHS, GPs
  • Management consultants
  • Voluntary sector workers
  • Psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists

Why join us?

All the workshops are designed to be as stimulating, participative and experiential as possible with plenty of relevant theory. There will be structured exercises, discussion and space to relate the learning to your particular group context. They’re also a great opportunity to share and learn with colleagues from different disciplines.

How the programme works

There are four workshops to choose from. You can book to join any that interests you but to gain a recognised qualification – our Certificate In Groupwork – you must attend all four workshops; you need to complete Developing Effective Group Facilitation before you can join the Group Facilitation Training Intensive.

Developing Effective Group Facilitation (1 day)

Effective groups bring change and learning. How effective they are is greatly influenced by the ability of the facilitator, team leader or manager. There are many aspects to group facilitation and this one day course will focus on a number of key areas. Read more

Group Facilitation Training Intensive (9 days over 4 months)

This intensive part-time course provides a stimulating learning context to develop your group facilitation practice. It’s an essential element of the Certificate in Groupwork. Read more

Understanding Group Dynamics (2 days)

Increase your awareness and understanding of underlying group processes that affect the functioning of groups and teams. Read more

Conflict, Challenge & Confrontation In Groups (2 days)

This workshop will address the frequent concerns we have regarding dealing with difficult situations and challenging behaviour when participating in and running groups. Read more


To receive the Certificate In Groupwork, as well as attending the workshops, participants need to undertake and complete an appropriate groupwork project (with agreement from the tutor) and write and pass a piece of written work after participating in each of the workshops. (You need to pay an assessment fee of £125 on submission of the written work.)

What you’ll gain from the workshops

All the workshops have content from a Gestalt perspective as well as presenting other appropriate theories that are relevant to groupwork practice. The aim is to develop your understanding of how groups function, covering patterns of interactions, stages of development and the roles taken up in groups.

Our experienced tutor will help you to develop your confidence, creativity and skills to engage with the challenging, changing group context in which you work. Along the way, you’ll gain:

  • A strong grounding in relevant theories: Gestalt theory; systems theory and psychodynamic theory.
  • New skills in groupwork facilitation – a chance to review and develop your leadership style and effectiveness.
  • Increased individual awareness of how you function and interact and the impact you have in groups.

About the tutor

Michael Ellis MA, UKCP Registered, BACP Registered practitioner, is a psychotherapist, consultant and trainer with over twenty years’ experience of working with groups and consulting to teams in various settings particularly in the public and voluntary sector. He was Managing Director of the Gestalt Centre for many years until 2017 and was previously a tutor on the Centre’s MA in group and individual psychotherapy. His MA is in Consultancy with Organisations from the Tavistock Clinic. He is particularly interested in how our ideas and beliefs affect our interactions with others and how they affect the organisations we work in, as well as how individuals are affected by the organisations themselves.


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