MANAGING TRICKY SITUATIONS IN PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL GROUPS
Practitioners in the NGO sector are often expected to facilitate groups with clients in addition to their primary role.This may mean that workers are facilitating groups on an irregular basis and may not feel confident to manage the dynamic in the room.This training will look at some of the more common “tricky” situations that facilitators may face in their groups and provide ideas and strategies to work with what’s happening in the room.Participants will also be given an overview of the impact of trauma on neuro-development and how this can play out in the room.This will be an interactive session, particularly suited to new or less experienced group facilitators.
- Understand the Four Brains and the impact of trauma on behaviour
- Learn how to implement different strategies to manage behaviour
- How to see “therapeutic moments” and use them to respectfully challenge participants
Angharad Candlin is the Manager of Parent Education with CatholicCare Sydney. She is a psychologist with over twenty five years’ experience working with families in a variety of settings. She has led the development teams for two, externally evaluated parenting programs; Keeping Kids in Mind, a group for separated parents engaged in medium to high chronic conflict and My Kids and Me, a group for parents whose children have been removed due to child protection concerns. Both of these programs have been listed on the California Evidence-based Clearing House (Child Welfare) and My Kids and Me has Gold Standard Endorsement from IGL.
With her team she has also developed Parenting Side by Side in Australia; a parenting program for new migrants and refugees, which is yet to be externally evaluated.
She regularly leads group facilitator training and mentors and supervises group facilitators and is a Board Authorised Supervisor and Adjunct Supervisor with Macquarie University’s Master of Professional Psychology. She has presented numerous conference papers regarding group work with parents.