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UEN No/CPE Reg No/ GST Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Effective Groupwork Leadership


The aim of this experiential training workshop is to equip participants who lead or want to lead groups of any kind to be effective group leaders. To be effective the group leader must ensure that the group does the work it is meeting to do. While this sounds obvious, there are strong forces within all groups that make the fulfilment of their stated purposes difficult, sometimes impossible. This is due to group dynamics that reflect dominant social norms in relation to safety, dependency, authority, avoidance, saving face, rescuing, fixing, fighting, fusing, placating, and disassociating, to name a few.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience and work with many of these forces during the training workshop and will be supported and encouraged to develop new functioning as group leaders so they can establish group norms that overcome these forces and assist the creation of a working group


To be effective as a group work leader in a variety of group types.


The course focuses on effective leadership in an experiential group work environment.


Anyone who aspires to be a group leader of groups of people for any purpose, whether professionally or in voluntary service, in the community or in institutional settings, including trainee and qualified social workers, psychologists, counsellors, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, community workers, youth workers, pastoral carers, and volunteers.


Participants are expected to meet minimum 80% class attendance to be awarded with the Certificate of Attendance  


Dr. Craig Whisker is a registered clinical social worker and a registered psychotherapist from New Zealand. He currently works as the professional leader of psychotherapy for the Auckland District Health Board and as a family therapist and group work practitioner in private practice. He gained a PhD from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2021 by completing research on cultural justice in the NZ family therapy movement. He is a clinical family therapist and accredited supervisor through the Australian Association of Family Therapy, and a certified psychodrama practitioner and educator through the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association. Craig has been conducting family therapy and group work training workshops in New Zealand since 2003 and in Singapore from 2006-2011.



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Course Schedule

Dates June (Dates TBA)
Timing 9am - 5pm
Trainer(s) Dr Craig Whisker