When did you last attend a therapeutic or personal development group? Last week? During your counselling/psychotherapy training? Never? Do you remember what was useful and what was not? Did you find it useful when you truly felt touched and understood by another member of your group? Was it frustrating or even soul destroying when the facilitator maintained silence in spite of direct requests for input?

This in-person workshop aims to broaden your knowledge on the theory and practice of working with groups. The workshop aims to enhance awareness and understanding of the particularities of working with groups, deepen your theoretical knowledge and experiential capacity as facilitators.  This workshop focuses on groups that are broadly therapeutic in nature; for example, therapy groups, personal development groups and support groups.

The main aims of the PDD

  • Offer a critical introduction to different theoretical concepts of working with groups.
  • Explore different types of group work interventions.
  • Consider critical group concepts:
    • leadership
    • roles vs individuals
    • content vs dynamics
    • group ‘as a whole’
    • Stages of group development


By the end of the PDD, participants will have an opportunity to;

  1. Learn about key theoretical concepts of working with groups
  2. Consider issues related to setting up and facilitating groups
  3. Understand different stages of group development
  4. Consider issues of leadership/facilitation and co-facilitation
  5. Learn about different types of interventions specifically related to groups


About the presenter

Dr Faisal Mahmood is a UKCP registered individual and group gestalt psychotherapist, BACP Registered Accredited Counsellor and UKCP approved clinical supervisor. Currently, he works as a senior lecturer in counselling/psychotherapy at Newman University (Birmingham) heading up two programmes: Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited) and Post graduate programmes (MSc) in Counselling & Psychotherapy (UKCP accredited). He has over 20 years of clinical experience working directly with clients in a wide range of settings such GP surgeries, hospitals, voluntary sector and private practice. Faisal runs a private practice based in Solihull where he offers individual, couples and group therapy as well as individual and group supervision. He also facilitates personal development groups and offers a range of CPD training events.



Registration will be 9.30am with the workshop starting promptly at 10am. Two refreshment break and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish at 4.30pm.



This event will take place at the Jurys Inn Birmingham.


This PDD is relevant to

Counsellors and psychotherapists currently working or considering working with groups such as personal development groups, therapy groups, specific theme based groups and support groups. This course is about gaining skills to develop specific conceptual and practical ways of working with groups in a confident and effective manner.