Teamwork Collaboration Training Info

Our two-day Teamwork Collaboration Training is a balance between Groupwork Institute input and a focus on people’s particular facilitation learning needs and challenges.

We work with you to ensure the training meets the needs of your team.


Training Outline


Workplace training start times can be between 9.00am and 9.30am and finish times can be between 4.30 and 5.00pm, or as negotiated.

The Teamwork Collaboration Training can be offered as a one or two day program. The following is an example of a one-day program, with the option to add further topics and practice relevant to your organisation on day two.

Day One

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Agenda and agreements
  • Participants’ learning needs and what they want to get out of the training
  • Understanding and managing ourselves in the workplace – introducing the Community of Selves™
  • Reflection time in relation to participants’ own Community of Selves

Morning Tea

  • Teamwork micro-skills – input and practice using participants’ learning needs
  • Practice applying micro-skills


  • Group dynamics and managing ourselves in groups
  • Dealing with challenges using skills learned

Afternoon Tea

  • Work on other learning needs using skills learned
  • Where to from here?
  • Reflection on our learnings
  • Evaluation

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Teamwork Collaboration – training content

The Teamwork Collaboration Training is a balance between Groupwork Institute input, and a focus on people’s particular teamwork learning needs and challenges. The finer details of the content can be negotiated prior to and at the beginning of the workshop.

A second training day can be added based on your organisation’s specific needs.

Input for the teamwork collaboration training draws from these specific topics:

Understanding ourselves in groups

The more we understand our own inner ‘selves’ and their interplay, the better team members we will be. First manage thyself! Come prepared to know (and accept) yourself better! This will entail:

  • getting to know our ‘inner selves’ through use of the Community of Selves model
  • getting to know and working on the fears and other self-limiting messages that hold us back
  • developing the emotional resilience to manage our own reactions when faced with challenging group dynamics.

Group dynamics and the role of the unconscious in groups

So much of what goes on in groups has an emotional content. Much of it is to do with our unconscious. Gaining an understanding of these dynamics enables participants to better harness the full potential of their work teams. We will look at:

  • the difference between a ‘group’ and a collection of individuals
  • the creation of openness and trust in groups
  • a framework for understanding the unconscious, and its effect on people’s behaviour
  • understanding the unconscious dynamics at play in groups

The essential ingredients of getting along

The two key areas we need to meld here are:

  • What we individually need to get along
  • What is required for organisational collaboration

Micro-skills for effective teamwork

There are a range of skills essential for people to work well together. It is these micro-skills that bring teamwork to life. Some of these skills will be familiar to you, some will be new. In effect, many of them are life skills. In this training, we will introduce a number of the Groupwork Institutes micro-skills. For example:

  • validating
  • helping people hear each other
  • hearing and validating people’s contribution
  • working in teams – the essential skills of getting along together
  • the essentials for working collaboratively
  • giving and receiving hearable feedback – the art of giving ‘hearable’ messages
  • remaining centred during tricky encounters with others

Other topics that can be added to day two of the teamwork training

  • Communication skills and systems
  • Decision-making
  • Role clarity
  • Challenging encounters
  • Moving from conflict to collaboration

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Capacity to undertake this training

We have been providing independent facilitation services since 1984, and have been training facilitators since 1998. In 2001 we first offered the yearlong Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation, the first of its kind in the world.

We are collaborative workplace specialists.

This training draws from:

  • Our own model of collaborative practice which has evolved from our experience of offering support to teams, groups and organisations since 1984. This work has covered a broad spectrum of topics – all focused on helping people work well together.
  • Our experience of offering this particular teamwork training format publicly and within workplaces since 2004. We continually refine this work in response to participants’ feedback and integrating new material from the broad realm of organisational dynamics.
  • Our own unique units which we offer through our Diploma of Leadership and Management,BSB51915 which we first offered in 2002. This is, in effect, a collaborative management course wrapped around the nationally recognised qualification. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative teamwork throughout these units. These units on collaborative management, which are contained within the Advanced Diploma of Management, have been accepted by ASQA.
  • The units we have developed in the Advanced Diploma of Group Facilitation. There is a strong emphasis on collaborative teamwork throughout these units. This Advanced Diploma is approved by the Australian Skills Quality Authority – Course Code 10386NAT – as the world’s first nationally accredited facilitation qualification.

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