Advanced Groupwork Facilitation Course (Online) (Note: 2022 course is now under way, 2023 course details to be announced later this year)

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• Handle any group situation with confidence
• Build skills to enable the transformative capacity of groups
• Develop a whole-of-person approach to your facilitation and life

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Do you face any of these group problems?

  • Your group lacks coherency and connection
  • People lock in behind their own ideas and seem unwilling to collaborate
  • A personal inability to tackle conflict, together with fear, when it arises
  • Conversations that keeps sidetracking from the main goal
  • You have too much to get through in a limited time-frame
  • You feel held back by a lack of confidence to step into a facilitator role
  • You are challenged adapting to facilitating online
  • Participants keep dominating the conversation
  • Participants who are not joining the discussion at all

Become a competent, confident and compassionate facilitator

Working well with a group so that you harness the wisdom of everyone present takes a specific range of skills. From effective communication and leadership to self-awareness and active compassion, there are many ways we can help you become a good facilitator.

Our Advanced Groupwork Facilitation Course is grounded in making sure you have the inner strength to handle any group situation constructively. The core content addresses everything from the fundamentals of communication to managing conflict and working with rank and power.

We have a strong emphasis on emotional resilience and practical tools that you can apply in any group context. We value a whole-of-person approach because everyone brings all of their experience and preferences to any interaction. This strengthens your capacity as a facilitator and can help your group members to have greater compassion for each other.

The course is experiential, interactive, self reflective, and a bit of fun. Your educators provide feedback and guidance as we support you in your own facilitation challenges and opportunities.

Advanced Group Facilitation Online 2023 interest registration

Please register your interest to be contacted later in the year regarding the Advanced Group Facilitation 2023 online course

Why this course?

Our Advanced Groupwork Facilitation Course is the most practical and comprehensive facilitation education available in Australia. Containing all the core components of our original year-long Diploma, this course provides a high level of support to ensure your current skills, knowledge and awareness flourish. Participants who have been working with groups for years find this education powerful and empowering; the course is consistently rated highly by facilitators working in a broad range of settings

In 2022, the course will be delivered completely online due to the continuing  uncertainty of COVID. This course originated as a face-to-face offering, delivered for over two decades. In 2021 we adapted it to the online environment for the first time with great success. As we have all moved to do more facilitation online in the last two years, experiencing the course completely online will further build your skills and capacity to facilitate online or in-person. We provided a range of practical opportunities for you to practice the skills relevant to whatever facilitation context interests you:

  • Within your organisation
  • Community engagement
  • Therapeutic settings
  • Corporate settings.

Conducted in an online group setting so you experience the parallel process of learning the craft while experiencing the dynamics within the group you’ll be travelling with for the duration of the course. You’ll be able to see and feel the learning as an embodied process of how skills are applied with contact days being ‘supportively challenging’. You will learn great skills that will provide a much stronger and more practical foundation to your facilitation.

We often get the feedback that this course is life changing! It certainly has a huge capacity for helping you know yourself a whole lot better. You may be searching for what’s next, to change gears in life or be keen to pursue work that’s more in line with what you believe in, or simply know it’s time for the gift of professional and personal self-development.

“The course really delivered on expectations, and gave me the skills, self-awareness, and the confidence to carve out a path as an amazing facilitator. The connections I made I will carry into the future. I only wish it was a little longer.” – Barry Keohane, 2021 Course Participant 

“Groupwork Centre provide a fascinating, deep learning experience. It has enabled profound shifts in mindset, meaningful connections, and coverage of key content areas. They really do help you find your way to your principled, capable, confident, compassionate practice of facilitation.” – Cathryn O’Flaherty, 2021 Course Participant

“Online facilitation isn’t going to be left in 2020 or 2021 – it’s here to stay. This training helped me to reconnect to the fundamental skills of facilitation and regain my confidence in how to apply these in the online environment.” – Ruth Pitt,2021 Course Participant

Participants’ diverse range of experience and motivations for joining us adds to the diversity and spice that make the course so rich.

Read more about the origins of this course here

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What you get

  • Monthly training modules
  • Monthly peer learning circles
  • Dedicated course educators (Groupwork Associates)
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Structured peer-support
  • Comprehensive course manual
  • A ‘Facilitation Microskills: card pack
  • Copy of Getting Our Act Together – book by Glen Ochre on the power of working well in groups
  • A comprehensive list of useful resources that are shared by participants in the course


All sessions in this course are delivered online from Melbourne Time Zone (AEDT / AEST). The first module in May will be over 3 contact days with all subsequent monthly modules until December being 1.5 days. You can view all dates by clicking the ‘View Dates’ button on this page.

Course size will be a maximum 18 participants to allow for large group experiences and smaller intimate groups to be established.

Scholarship places

We have some discount scholarship places that will be offered in 2022. Scholarship places will be considered on a number of criteria including financial hardship. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship please apply here through this form. (Application close by COB on February 25th, 2022).

For more information about the course please sign up to an Info night below or send us an email to and we will be in touch.



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Pricing Information

The 2022 course price was as follows:

Early Bird $6,710.00 (inc GST)
Full Price $7,590.00 (inc GST)

Final course enrolment is subject to approval by the course educators after you attend an Info Night. The remaining course payment amount will be charged in three instalments throughout the year.



  • Price: $7,590

    inc GST
  • Deposit Required: $550

    inc GST