Facilitating Emotionally Charged Groups

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One of the challenges facing trainers and group facilitators is the impact and appropriate management of emotional dynamics within the group. Emotional dynamics often manifest in reluctance, resistance and/or highly emotional participants, and may arise from: confrontational learning content (such as child protection training); differing learning needs/expectations; previous life or learning experiences; an “I was told to come” attitude; group conflict and personality clashes to name but a few.

This workshop will further develop your skills in recognising and responding to emotional dynamics within training and group facilitation settings. Time will be allocated for self-reflection and the part we play in contributing to these emotional dynamics, as well as examining trainer/facilitator needs in terms of self-care and professional support.

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Examine principles of ethical facilitation
  • Explore ways to create a safe learning space
  • Recognise and respond to emotional dynamics
  • Develop strategies to respond to individual or group distress
  • Develop strategies to respond to challenging participants
  • Develop strategies to respond to reluctance and resistance
  • Identify how their own personal needs and concerns may impact on recognising and responding to emotional dynamics
  • Risk assess programs for likely emotional dynamics
  • Apply learning to their own workplace case reviews
  • Identify professional support and self-care needs

Who should attend?

Trainers and group facilitators