Getting to Grips With Your Group: From trepidation to exhilaration when you start working with groups
With Alex Dixon and Andrew Mallett
Saturday 5 November 2016 10:00 – 16:00
Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED
Workshop cost: £110/ 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Early bird booking at 15% discount until 8 April 2016
This workshop is intended to support people who are running groups even though they may not have much formal training in this area. It will also be of interest to people who are not planning to run groups but wish to deepen their understanding of how to work with them.
Individual therapists sometimes find themselves running groups almost by accident. Increasingly, organisations that provide individual therapy and other kinds of support are making the decision to set up a group for the first time. This may be seen as an efficient way to manage an ever expanding waiting list, or it may be motivated by a desire for the organisation to offer an alternative mode of treatment for certain clients. Typically this starts off as an experiment, with limited support and experience available in the organisation. In these circumstances, it’s common to approach a trusted practitioner, who has an established track record of individual work, and ask them to take the lead on establishing this new group. Thus the novice group worker is in a position of learning as they go, perhaps trying to apply the principles of individual work to group work, which can give rise to all sorts of difficulties.
On the day, we will start by outlining some principles of a group analytic approach to working with groups to provide you with some theoretical grounding. We will proceed to address practical aspects of establishing a group, including defining a purpose for the group and selecting group members, and then consider some of the difficulties and challenges that you might face as you work with the group. There will be an opportunity for you to raise and discuss your own concerns. Our aim is to give you more confidence in identifying and addressing the key aspects of establishing and working with a group. The workshop will include both theoretical and experiential approaches.
Alex Dixon is an Honorary Group Psychotherapist in the NHS, he runs a Counselling Group at West London Centre for Counselling, and is a UKCP registered Integrative Psychotherapist working with individuals in private practice. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Group Analysis. He was formerly the Convenor of the Continuity of Concern group at Wimbledon Guild, as well as having been a volunteer counsellor for individuals and groups in the Wimbledon Guild Counselling Service.
Andrew Mallett works as an Honorary Group Psychotherapist in the NHS, and has previously been a volunteer co-conductor for two groups at Wimbledon Guild. He is also an experienced group facilitator, executive coach and trainer in communication, leadership and management skills, operating in both the private and public sectors. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Group Analysis and an Adjunct Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.