Working With and Facilitating Groups

Course overview

This course is aimed at staff from a range of disciplines and teams currently facilitating a group or with the aspiration to start and facilitate a group. It will provide an opportunity to develop and increase the skills and understanding of those who are already experienced group facilitators but equally an opportunity for those wishing to run a group to learn how they might do this. 

Given the current COVID-19 situation we are pleased to announce that this course will now be offered online through secure video conferencing at the scheduled times below.  If you are interested in joining the course but would like to know a bit more about how this might work before signing up, please contact us at

This course will focus on thinking about group process, the dynamics of a group, the position individuals can take up or find themselves allocated, consciously or unconsciously within the group, including that of the facilitator. It will consider issues that facilitators need to consider; the practicalities of starting and continuing with a group, the composition of a group, the group facilitator’s role alone or with another, gender/race/sexuality/diversity, boundaries, group agreement, expectations, attendance, timings, venue and other boundary issues. The programme will reflect upon multi-disciplinary working within teams and groups of staff or service users/patients. The importance of setting up suitable group supervision before the group commences, will be discussed.

The programme is divided into three strands:

·         Theory, practicalities and group discussion.

·         A work discussion session at which each participant has the opportunity to discuss his/her group or proposed group and

·         Participation in an experiential group.

There is an expectation that participants will set aside sufficient time to read the designated course reader and other weekly readings, with access from the Tavistock’s library to the readings.

By the end of the course, participants will have:

  • Explored the practicalities of starting and continuing a group
  • OR Reviewed their current group(s) and experiences, learning through  experience with others
  • Discussed different types of purpose for groups and their practical and clinical issues
  • Considered the referral process, reviewed referrals to the group, the composition of the group, the importance of a group agreement and desired expectations
  • Reflected on self and group boundaries
  • Identified appropriate facilitation interventions that can maximise contributions within the group
  • Explored key concepts such as the individual unconscious and the group unconscious when working with groups
  • Gained an understanding of relevant therapeutic group theory, to use and reflect upon when working with groups
  • Analysed group process through film
  • Examined difficulties that can arise when working with groups in person and online
  • Experienced being in different groups
  • Identified the need for evaluation and feedback from service users
  • Understood the importance of supervision to review the group

We anticipate that participants will come from the NHS, social care, local authorities, education and the voluntary and charity sector, art, music and drama psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, nurses and other medical professionals, occupational therapists, social work managers, Social Care, Children and Families, NHS teams, Headteachers, Educational professionals and many more. 

We will draw upon the members rich experience from across these varied settings and roles within the programme, to explore the development and dynamics of groups in different contexts

Peter Griffiths MA, BSc (Hons), SRN, RMN, Cassel Cert, IPTUK IPT Practitioner, PFHEA, MBPC, MBACP Consultant Nurse, Psychoanalytic couple psychotherapist and IPT therapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Peter Griffiths has 40 years' experience of working as a Nurse and Therapist in the NHS and in Higher Education. He has over many years developed different forms of tri-modal training for child and adolescent mental health workers and was awarded HENCEL Trainer and Inter professional course of the year awards in 2015. 

He has a deep and evolved interest in all forms of experiential and group learning, designing and directing Group Relations conferences, as well as working as a staff consultant on them within the UK and abroad. He practices as a Couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist and works part-time as a Nurse Consultant, Therapist and Supervisor in the Directorate of Children, Young People and Families (CYAF), at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where he specialises in working with couples, parents and families, using a variety of individual and group therapies.

Stephanie Segal, MA, FCIPD, MBACP, BACP Registrant, MBACP Coaching, MASIIP, MEMCC UK, MAC, MISPSO, Opus Associate, Organisational consultant, supervisor and visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Director Stephanie Segal Consultancy

Stephanie Segal is an organisational consultant, leadership development, executive coach supervisor and facilitator, director of Stephanie Segal Consultancy. Stephanie is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman, she facilitates a supervision group, Working with Groups CPD and other programmes. Stephanie studied for an MA at the Tavistock and Portman and has been a visiting lecturer to the Working with Groups, Strategic Leadership and Management in the Public Sector, Team Facilitation and Conflict Resolution in the NHS, Engaging with BME and Refugee Communities, Supervision, PG, MA and CPD programmes. 

She works from a systems psychodynamic framework approach. She is an external supervisor  and executive coach to a range of different public sector professionals and  facilitates Action Learning Sets and leadership development programmes nationally and internationally with specific expertise in the NHS, Social Care and Education. 

She has carried out consultancy project focusing on team work, managing conflict, managing change, leadership development and managing difference. Stephanie has a Social Care and Children and Families background and has specific expertise in Mental Health, Social Care, Children and Families, Learning Disabilities, the NHS, Education, Housing and voluntary organisations. Stephanie was a Cohort Director for the NHS Leadership Academy Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MA programme.

Good balance of taught/theoretical content and reading along with professional practice discussion and experiential group


Very informative, good resources made available, interesting discussions and opportunity for personal and professional growth


Very well thought out and applied. Format provides great ‘in and out’ of group experience


Full of information both theoretical and experiential, a very high quality course  – felt like opening a Pandora box as there is so much more to learn/study/experience


What did you enjoy most from the course ?


The experiential group, the opportunities for self reflection and discussion, small groups discussions, learnt a lot, a great course.


Having three different kinds of spaces within the day for both personal and professional learning and meeting such a diverse group of participants and learning from them.


I will certainly take many aspects of learning back to work with me and it will inform my thinking and leadership style, when facilitating groups. Other colleagues of mine are already asking about the course and are interested in undertaking it.


I have attended trainings, courses and CPD at the Tavistock for nearly 10 years and this has been the most satisfying 10 weeks of all of them.

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.
Additional resources for this course will be provided using Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

This course will take place on Mondays from 9.30am - 1pm on the following dates; 

9 November, 16 November, 23 November, 30 November, 7 December 2020 

11 January, 18 January, 25 January, 1 February, 8 February 2021

Included in your course fee, you will receive full online 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:

If you are interested in joining this course, please fill in the following background form and return it to Max Fendrich at


Certificate of attendance
Course length:
4 months
Monday mornings
Admission status:
November 2020 to February 2021

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