This one-day course is a mix of theory and practice. It will consider why we need group education, the pros, and cons of the approach and a step-by-step approach to preparing a group education session. We will think about how people learn, the skills required to facilitate learning and some of the challenges we may face with participants. We will consider the service user perspective. There are many activities during the day to get you to think through how you would approach different aspects, and these will include whole group discussions, small group work and some individual reflection. You will leave having considered the group education you are involved in, how you work, and with ideas on the next steps to develop your skills further.
The aim of the one-day course is to
- To provide an overview of best practice in group education design and facilitation
- To provide an opportunity to enhance teaching skills, through a range of activities, and reflection on practice.
By the end of the one-day course you will be able to:
- Understand the steps in the process of designing, delivering, and evaluating group education.
- Demonstrate an understanding of effective group facilitation skills, including communication.
- Understand the factors which affect group formation and dynamics.
- Recognise aspects of best practice and poor practice in managing challenging individuals.
- Identify your level of competency and areas for improvement in group session design and delivery.