Group Work Many Advisers are more confident in one-to-one rather than in group delivery. The programme is aimed at participants who have a responsibility for, or an interest in the delivery of career-related group work. Who is it for? Participants may have had some or no previous experience of group delivery. The programme will be beneficial for those working with adults, young people and colleagues in a group facilitator/leader capacity. What does the programme aim to achieve? This 2 day programme aims to develop participants’ knowledge and confidence to deliver effective group sessions within a supportive and nurturing environment. It explores the theoretical base for group delivery as well as practical solutions to the planning, delivery and evaluation of group work sessions. There will be opportunities to participate in group activities, discuss potential critical incidents, develop responses to behavioural issues and on day two, to deliver a simulated practice session to colleagues. The culmination of the two days will give participants the core components of a ‘group work toolkit’ from which they can deliver their own unique style and activities. Aims To support the development of ‘group learning’ skills and knowledge To explore theory and practice relating to successful group learning To experience supported group delivery. To examine and critique the evidence base for careers work To build confidence and resilience when demonstrating the impact of careers work Learning Outcomes By the end of the two-day programme participants will know how to: • use theories relating to group dynamics, group learning and individual learning styles in their everyday practice; • apply knowledge necessary to plan effective group sessions; • sample and implement in a range of methods for use in group learning activities; • share good and interesting practice; • identify appropriate evaluation methodologies for group learning; • make use of a structured model for planning group work; • apply a range of learning styles and appropriate delivery; and • analyse their own and their peers delivery using constructive feedback and evaluation. Programme Overview Positive and negative experiences of group learning Why use group work? Key benefits in a career context Planning Cycle for Group Work Learning Styles Lesson Planning Group activities / methods Behaviour issues / Group Dynamics Hierarchy of response Briefing for Day 2 Evaluation This module relates to required elements specified within QCF Level 6.