Managing, Supervising and Facilitating Groups in The Workplace: A work based discussion group for public and voluntary sector professionals

Course overview

  • Are you looking for a regular opportunity to think with others outside your organisation about your work?

  • Do you facilitate groups that 'don't always go to plan'?

  • Are you part of a work group or team that doesn't always work well together?  

  • Would you benefit from a monthly reflective space to think with others about the groups you work with? 

  • Would you find group supervision on a monthly basis helpful?

Groups are an important aspect of everyday working life, but some groups work better than others. This programme will help participants think about the group process in the context of their work environment, help them understand group dynamics and the position individuals take within the group in order to facilitate a better functioning, more productive and happier working environment. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on inter-partnership, multi-disciplinary working within teams and groups of staff or service users/clients/patients.

The programme offers participants the opportunity to meet with other professionals to develop thinking about working in, and with, groups through sharing experiences, discussion and some guided reading, Participants will develop the skills needed to apply theoretical ideas to their work with groups and reflect on their own roles within their organisational context.

The group will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Present their own work, share ideas and reflections with fellow course participants and facilitator and learn from others
  • Apply systems psychodynamic ideas to their current practice
  • Gain clarity to manage their team role and review working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Review specific work-related issues, concerns or new challenges and the complexities of managing with limited resources
  • Analyse the institutional dynamics that develop through statutory change, restructuring, new working practices and associated institutional defences
  • Have a reflective space to share difficult and complex work issues relating to clients, patients and service users

This course will be of interest to those working in the NHS, local authorities, throughout the public and voluntary sectors including NGOs and charities and the creative sector.

Stephanie Segal is an organisational consultant, leadership development coach and facilitator, Director of Stephanie Segal Consultancy. Stephanie is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and facilitates a supervision group for alumni of the Working with Groups MA programme. Stephanie facilitates Action Learning Sets and leadership development programmes throughout the public sector nationally and internationally with specific expertise in the NHS, Social Care and Education.

Stephanie’s consultancy has carried out projects for public sector and multi-national companies focusing on managing conflict, leadership development and managing difference. Stephanie has a Social Care and Children and Families background. She studied for an MA at the Tavistock and Portman and works with a systems psychodynamic framework approach. Stephanie was a Cohort Director for the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MA programme and is a member of ISPSO, OPUS, ASIIP, Association For Coaching and BACP.

There will be 12 sessions over the academic year, on Thursday mornings from 9.30 - 11.30am. The dates of the next intake are:

  • 5th September 2019
  • 3rd October 2019
  • 7th November 2019
  • 5th December 2019
  • 9th January 2020
  • 6th February 2020
  • 5th March 2020
  • 2nd April 2020
  • 7th May 2020
  • 11th June 2020
  • 2nd July 2020
  • 16th July 2020


Included in your course fee, you will receive full membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections.  PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

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Course length:
1 year
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA
Admission status:
September 2019 to July 2020

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