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The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

There is currently not a single service that is not under pressure to deliver more client contacts and more effective interventions. This is the case whatever field we work in; from mental health to changing health behaviours working with young people, from dietetics to psychotherapy. Unfortunately however, our primary training is often in one-to-one models of change. Equally, more specialist training in group work often requires commitment to expensive and time consuming long courses for which funding is often not available. This can be particularly pressing because dynamics within groups often mean that what works in one-to-one work does not always transfer to working with multiple clients and that problems in group work are often more common as a result. This one day course run by Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham provides the necessary basic toolkit to address these issues successfully and prepare and refresh professionals in their group work. Whether you are new to running groups or are simply looking for a refresher to provide new ideas and strategies, this course is invaluable.

This both highly practical and evidence based seminar will:

  • Examine whether group work is as effective as one-to-one work
  • Provide you with a 17 point checklist found to prevent up to half of common problems in groups
  • Explore how to engage both male and female participants in groups more successfully
  • Suggest how to work successfully with both "low energy groups" & mandated clients who have been "sent"
  • Recommend how to manage poor attendance in groups
  • Help you to develop a more productive working relationship with group co-leaders

Who should attend?

All health and social care professionals who want to develop new ways of working effectively with clients within time constraints:

Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Care Staff, Outreach Workers, Housing Support Staff, Probation Officers, Substance Misuse Workers, Community Practitioners, Speech & Language Therapists, Dietitians, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors, Youth Workers and all those helping people to change

What would you do in the following situations?

  • You are running a health behaviour change group. The group has developed a split based on competitive behaviour concerning severity of problems. How do you handle this?
  • A member of a group for managing depression engages in frequent rescuing behaviour towards other group members. What are the possible causes of this and how is it best be managed?
  • You have established a community group for young people . You have found it very difficult to recruit males into the group and after two sessions it has lost a quarter of its participants. What are the possible causes of this and what do you do about it?

If you need answers to these or similar questions – this seminar is for you. This day will give you ideas on how to approach these and many other difficult cases in new and constructive ways.

Course outline:

  • Do groups "work" or are they just a way of increasing contact numbers with clients?
  • The evidence base (and otherwise) for group work. What works with whom and how does it compare with the effectiveness of one-to-one work.
  • Failing to prepare means preparing to fail (1)
    • Why preparation is the single most important element of your group. A 17 point checklist and how to use it to ensure maximise group success. How to anticipate potential key weak points in your group and how to manage them.
  • Failing to prepare means preparing to fail (2)
    • Checking our own practice against the checklist
  • Relationships with group co-leaders
    • Ensuring that co-leaders are assets and how to address difficulties in the relationship
  • Non-verbal behaviour in groups and how to use it to ensure group success.
  • Understanding and shaping both our own and the group’s non-verbal behaviour is a key skill for ensuring a productive group and preventing common problems arising
  • Record keeping and supervision
  • Options for record keeping of group sessions including sample protocols. How supervision of group work differs from supervision of one-to-one work. Lessons for supervisors and supervisees.
  • Common problems in groups and how to manage them (1)
    • Whole group issues. Split groups, negative immobile groups, antagonistic groups. issues of poor attention span and poor engagement. Chaotic groups and how to use their energy to the group’s advantage. Dealing with repeated ground rule breaking and declining or variable group attendance.
  • Common problems in groups and how to manage them (2)
    • Individual issues. From individual "annoying habits" through to individual disruption. Spotting subtle sabotaging strategies and how to neutralise them. Using the group room to manage difficult group behaviour. attending to individual needs that divert attention from the group.

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

“Very engaging and helpful – thank you! Session note example was extremely useful”
J.S. Psychotherapist
“Some great ideas and strategies for running groups, managing content and process, and heading off common problems and gaining engagement and retention.”
S.B. Renal Independent Assessor
“Very informative day. Wish course wasn’t so expensive. I would like a Course that focused on full training in group work.”
E.B. Counsellor
“Very interesting and useful training, lots to process and reflect on. Thank you Paul!”
C.W. DVA Specialist
“A fantastic course. Please increase the frequency and number of these, I could have done with this months ago.”
E.H., MH Worker
"Exactly what I was looking for to promote and develop more group work within my service. Good mix of leaning methods, a really useful day. Thank you!"
P.E., Counselling Service Manager
“Very helpful, has offered me inspiration to get involved with group work with increased confidence.”
D.T., Psychotherapist
“Helpful, factual without being didactic. Unusually interactive and humorous for a seminar. Confirmed what I was doing right while giving vision to improve areas.”
J.S., Senior Counsellor

Early Bird Price: £140 + VAT (£168) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £160 + VAT (£192).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 6 CPD training hours on the day.

Recommended Viewing:

The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups: 17 Point Preparation Check List - 2 CPD Hours

This training DVD Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham provides the necessary basic toolkit to prepare and refresh professionals in their group work. Whether you are new to running groups or are simply looking for a refresher to provide new ideas and strategies, this DVD is invaluable for you.

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Recommended Viewing:

Understanding Group Psychotherapy - 3 Volume Set - 5 CPD Hours with Irvin D. Yalom.

Volume I, Outpatients portrays a re-enactment of four segments of group sessions over the course of a mixed adult psychotherapy group. Dr Yalom provides insightful, behind-the-scene commentary regarding his interventions.

Volume II, Inpatients will teach you how to run effective groups with challenging clinical populations. This video program shows Dr Yalom in action conducting an entire group session in an inpatient psychiatric setting, based on an adaptation of his Interpersonal Model of group psychotherapy. The group session is presented in three main segments: Orientation, Agenda Formation, and Agenda Filling. This video clearly demonstrates that valuable therapeutic work can be done in a single session.

In Volume III, An Interview Dr Yalom engages in an in-depth discussion of the finer points of group therapy.

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Recommended Viewing:

Group Therapy: A Live Demonstration (2 DVD) - 3 CPD Hours

Group therapy sets the stage for a study in character and transformation in Yalom’s novel. Master group therapist and teacher Molyn Leszcz leads two groups based on the characters and plot, which allows for the major themes and dynamics that occur in all working groups to quickly emerge in full force: authentic interpersonal engagement and feedback, conflict, jealousy, and the prospect of real intimacy.

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Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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