Reflect on your work practice, test out ideas, work through issues and receive feedback with your peers in a structured time with clear process.
Need to look at your work practices without a formal performance review?
Peer Learning Circles (PLCs) provide a more dynamic and innovative opportunity to give support and feedback to peers at work, where you can pool your practice wisdom within a structured process.
People benefit greatly from having a structured time, and a clear process to reflect on their practice, to test out ideas, work through issues and receive feedback. It’s best undertaken away from your workplace.
Peer Learning Circles are based on the following advantages:
- Increase in staff’s
- creativity and
- job satisfaction.
Participants will generally feel safer to expose their work practice issues in a group with their peers, where others are doing the same. At each session people are both receiving and giving feedback.
- People who share a common situation will understand the issues raised by each other, and a wider range of wisdom will be available.
- Good practice ideas can often spring from the stimulation of group discussion, where thoughts and experiences are pooled and built on.
- It helps to ensure that you keep in touch with what others are doing in your particular field. This leads to better peer support.
- It gives you an ongoing opportunity to practice good people skills which then can be applied to every other aspect of your work and life.
- Peer supervision builds a sense of collaboration and strengthens the team.
- It can save time for the co-ordinator or supervisor who will need to do far fewer one-to-one sessions.
Why our training for your staff?
An effective Peer Learning Circle requires skilled facilitation, bringing the structured process to life so that participants really get the support they need. Our facilitators have significant management experience, providing a solid foundation for training others to facilitate their own PLC.
The Groupwork Institute has been working with groups at work and in the community since 1984. Over that time, we have developed and established this model for peer learning. It has been tried and tested in a wide variety of arenas. People appreciate a well-structured well facilitated space to reflect on their work practices.
We always tailor content around your group’s specific needs, working on specific communication issues faced by the team. We pay special attention to tricky communication situations where your highest skills are needed.
What will participants learn?
Reported outcomes from using this model include:
- Greater willingness to ask for and receive assistance and advice from sources outside people’s normal realm
- Increase in ‘people skills’ generally
- Greater insight into one’s own strengths and challenges
- Increased problem-solving ability
- Greatly increased team bonding, openness, support and challenging of one another
- Improved work practices
- Access to practical collaborative workplace processes that will strengthen the effectiveness of your work.
Duration: Two days 9.30am – 5.00pm
Provided: Delightful lunch, morning and afternoon tea, workshop materials and comprehensive resource: Peer Learning Circles Training Booklet
Venue: Groupwork Institute Training Rooms in Thornbury (Melbourne inner north) or other suitable workshop space of your choice
Parking: Ample street parking available
Facilitation services: Engage our staff for a complex situation you’d like to address collaboratively. Learn more
Our approach to training
We create an environment where you can look at your work practices with safety and lightness. Our work is lively, experiential and practical – and fosters emotional resilience throughout. And we have a bit of fun along the way!
A large part of the program is devoted to practising skills using situations your staff members want to work on. We encourage them to bring real-life examples, and we allow time for them to address individual needs and issues faced in the workplace.