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SynopsisThis full-day workshop can be attended as a standalone CPD or as the third in a series of four linked training sessions which overall aim to equip attendees with the knowledge and skills to undertake CBT-informed groupwork.
Session 3 will focus on how to use different group leadership styles flexibly depending on the needs of the group and how to manage the co-facilitation relationship effectively.
The workshop aims to enable attendees to understand the pros and cons of different group leadership styles, and the challenges of having one or more co-facilitators. This will be achieved by presenting theoretical knowledge, setting up opportunities for critical discussion and skills practice, and by modelling different group leadership styles. It will also look at how co-facilitators can support each other, address disagreements positively, and work as a team when running CBT-informed groups.
CBT delivered in a group format can be as effective as in a 1:1 format. Groupwork can address issues of equity and accessibility for minoritized communities (Whittingham et al. 2023). However, some group-specific risks require mitigation. Furthermore, most clients prefer 1:1 psychotherapy over group psychotherapy (Haugh et al. 2019; Strauss et al. 2015), due to worries about confidentiality, fear of being criticised, or of losing control in front of other people (Piper, 2008). Therefore, training in group facilitation is essential to reduce adverse events and negative outcomes.
Whether you are new to group therapy or have experience in this area, these workshops will provide you with valuable insights and practical tips. This workshop is appropriate for mental health practitioners, either qualified in a core profession such as nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, criminal justice workers, probation officers, wellbeing practitioners, high intensity therapists, or those with relevant experience of group work as a trainee, teacher, lay peer support worker or volunteer.Learning objectivesAt the end of the workshop, attendees should be able to:
1. Identify and overcome challenges in leading or facilitating online or face-to-face groups
2. Implement different group leadership styles flexibly, responsively, and reflexively
3. Explain the dynamics of co-facilitation
4. Describe how to work co-operatively with co-facilitators
5. Make use of 1:1 and group supervision to improve group leadership skills
6. Brief and debrief using a competency checklist
7. Provide and receive peer feedback to enhance self-awareness and clinical practice
8. Elicit and respond non-defensively to group members' feedback to enhance self-awareness and clinical practice
Vicky Boynton is a CBT/ DBT therapist and trainee Counselling
Psychologist. Vicky has been involved in the development and facilitation of
groups within acute inpatient, and community secondary care settings for a
number of years. Vicky has a keen interest in open group therapy and barriers
to group facilitation within services. See: Boynton, V., & Sanderson, C.
(2022). Open group cognitive behaviour therapy on acute in-patient units.
Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapy, 50(1), 106-110.
Nicola Walker is a Lecturer in CBT at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was previously a teacher on the University of Sheffield’s CBT for eating disorders programme and taught CBT for IAPT trainee high-intensity therapists at Teesside University. Nicola's core profession is a mental health nurse, and she is a qualified Group Analyst. Nicola has run groups and set up group programmes for many years in outpatient, day patient, inpatient, and community settings for people with complex needs, eating disorders and personality disorders. She is particularly interested in how to optimise peer effects in groups.
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