Effective Group
Leadership — 6-Day Course

Effective Group Leadership — 6-Day Course

An intensive course to help group leaders, managers and team leaders develop the skills to facilitate more interactive and engaging group work in community and counselling settings.

Who is it for?

Our training is ideal for you if you want equip yourself with proven techniques to help you balance different views within your group, keep everyone motivated, as well as tools to adapt your management style to suit every situation.

This training is ideal for you if you are a:

  • Counsellor or psychologist who runs group sessions or workshops
  • Men’s behaviour change workshop facilitator
  • Team leader or trainer at a community organisation or charity
  • Facilitator at a drug and alcohol recovery support group
  • Youth group facilitator
  • Educator

What will you learn?

This workshop help you develop your leadership and group facilitation skills.

You’ll better understand your own and others’ styles of communication, how to deal with different group dynamics, how to give feedback, and how to run creative group exercises.

We’ll also focus on your confidence, communication style and belief systems – which are all important contributing factors in your ability to successfully create vision, hope and a common purpose to unite your team.

Over the course of two days, you will learn how to:

  • Develop your own leadership style and presence
  • Improve your body language and presentation skills
  • Identify and practice the key skills to bring out the strengths in each member of your group
  • Use experiential learning and creative education activities
  • Identify ways to increase group member motivation
  • Respond effectively to group dynamics and learn how to promote individual and group change
  • Understand best approaches when responding to existing trauma in group members

For more information email: andrewki@ransw.org.au

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Workshop facilitator

Andrew King

Andrew King is a leading group work specialist in community services, counselling and health. A respected author of multiple textbooks and training programs, he has devoted a large part of his career to group work and working with men, fathering and domestic violence.

As a research practitioner Andrew is known for his focus on generativity and sharing his knowledge using a strengths-based approach.

He has published a range of articles on group work leadership in the Australian context and facilitates national and international training workshops.

He regularly lectures on Group Processes in Counselling at Australian Catholic University in Sydney.

Andrew is currently the Practice Specialist, Groupwork and Community Education Manager at Relationships Australia NSW.

The Group Leadership Training Course involves completing two 3-day workshops:

Part 1:

2-Day Effective Group Leadership Course and Group Dynamics and Processes (3-days face-to-face)

Part 2:

Program development and evaluation, Online Effective Group Leadership (2 x 1/2-day online workshops – 1-day online) and Working with vulnerable clients (3-days online)

Cost: $990 (includes GST) per part or $1,980.00 in total.


  • Part 1: Wednesday to Friday 13-15 July 2022 from 9.30-4.00pm at RANSW Level 1, 68 Waterloo Road Macquarie Park (face-to-face)
  • Part 2: Friday 23 and 30 September from 9.30am to 1.00pm and Thursday and Friday 6-7 October 2022 from 9.30-4.00pm (online)

Part 1 information

Effective Group Leadership training program (2-days face-to-face)

Effective Group Leadership is a 2-day workshop which develops the necessary skills for group leaders to facilitate creative group work. The training covers the principles of using creative group work techniques and tools. The focus includes changing group dynamics, increased understanding of motivational group work models for change and the use of practical creative exercises.

Effective leadership is a powerful phenomenon that uses a group leader’s own self confidence and belief systems. This workshop explores the belief systems and interpersonal communication needed by leaders to create vision, hope and a common purpose that unites the energy of the group members. The group leader’s subtle body language and self-presentation skills will be explored as they will impact on ultimate achievement of group members’ goals. Learning Outcomes – Participants will:

  • explore the use of group facilitation skills
  • identify and practice the key skills used in facilitating strengths-based group work
  • use experiential learning and creative adult education principles
  • use multi-sensory tools to increase motivation and support change
  • respond effectively to group dynamics and how to promote individual and group change
  • practice strengths-based group work when responding to existing trauma
  • develop skills in using flexibility in leadership roles
  • understand key tasks/attitudinal responses that leaders attend to in the group
  • develop their group leadership presence.


Working with immediacy and here-and-now (1-day f2f)

The goal of processes in groups is to help members make sense of emotional experiences, which is then translated into making meaningful changes in their lives. The challenge for group leaders is often how to bring about this change. Working with immediacy creates a tremendous power and should only be used in groups that have an explicit contract to work on personal issues. This workshop explores how group leaders can:

· manage anxiety among the group members

· increase awareness

· focus on and work effectively with emerging feelings

· work with the here and now.


Part 2 information

Online Effective Group Leadership (2 *1/2-day online workshops – 2*1/2-day online)

Tired of webinars online? Try facilitating group work online! Effective Group Leadership is a 2*3.0-hr workshop that develops the necessary skills for group leaders to facilitate creative online group work. The training covers the principles of using creative group work techniques and tools in an online environment. It is important to recognize that online groupwork is very different to facilitating a webinar. Online group needs to be primarily interactive, with a high level of self-reflection and self-disclosure as appropriate to the group’s purpose.


1. Review purpose and processes used for effective online groupwork

2. Explore ways to enhance group member inclusion using online groupwork

3. Demonstration of technological tools and processes

4. Practice the use of technological tools and processes


Working with vulnerable clients (1-day online)

This workshop focusing on working with vulnerable clients in groupwork. Group leaders maximise core recovery processes in their groupwork:

  • Control and safety instead of Fear and anxiety
  • Attachment and connections instead of grief and loss
  • Identity, meaning and purpose instead of Distrust and helplessness
  • Dignity and value instead of Guilt and shame

Program development and evaluation of group work programs (1-day online)

This 1-day workshop explores best practice in group work program development and quality evaluation tools. It also allows participants to review their own programs and obtain feedback and developed improved evaluation tools by developing their own road map that addresses:

  • Uses an explicit model of change
  • Identifies who should facilitate the program and/ or attend the program
  • States the program’s length, frequency, intensity and environment
  • Uses appropriate and balanced selection of interventions and exercises
  • Achieves program integrity through the clear use of sound concepts
  • Use on-going monitoring and evaluation as part of the program
  • Provides evidence of regular program review and refinement


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For more information email: andrewki@ransw.org.au

“Thank you for the recent session you ran with the Drug Education Network educator team. From conversations with the team, they all report having gained further tools and inspiration for their different presentation styles.
It was clearly a worthwhile and valuable PD session.”

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