Certificate in Group Work

Certificate in Group Work

For counsellors, psychotherapists and other professionals working in caring professions such as mental health, teaching and HR.

Are you interested in developing your understanding and skill in facilitating groups and training?

Starting in April 2024, the Physis Scotland Certificate in Group Work blended course will be delivered in-person and online over 6 days of interactive and experiential training, in a 3-month period.

Certificate in Group Work

The Certificate in Group Work is suitable for practitioners from any modality who are already in practice, from trainees in advanced training to seasoned practitioners.

The principles of we-ness, present-centred-relating and shared responsibility (Tudor and Summers, 2015) will underpin our work together as well as provide a lens through which to explore our own responses and process as a group, as we learn together about the development and dynamics of groups and think about how to lead them.

On completion of this Certificate course, you will have:

  • Developed your capacity to understand and work with groups
  • Be able to apply different theories of groupwork to your particular setting/s
  • Be able to use a range of facilitation and leadership approaches in your groupwork
  • Learned about the norms and roles in groups and develop your way of working with these
  • A deeper understanding of unconscious group processes and how to work with them systemically
  • An understanding of the developmental process of the group and the leadership tasks at each stage
  • Increased your knowledge of the ‘I’ in the ‘we’ and the ‘we’ in the ‘I’, that is, issues of individuation, autonomy and interdependence to be managed in the group development process
  • Explored group dynamics and how these impact group process
  • Critically assessed different types of groups and the considerations and clinical implications for each
  • Identified the benefits and challenges of working with groups in-person and online

Course Content

The Certificate consists of three taught modules over three weekends and one assessment

Module 1: A Secure Base: Forming, making contact and anchoring

  • Overview of course and group contracting
  • Theories of group development
  • Different types of groups: considerations and contracts
  • The different landscapes of groupwork: exploring context and setting
  • Who are you, who am I, who are we? Norms and roles in groups
  • Facilitation and leadership approaches

Module 2: Exploration, Negotiation, Participation: Testing boundaries and finding the edges

  • The development process of the group, and the leadership behaviours at each stage
  • Group dynamics and group process 1
  • Benefits and challenges of online work and the different considerations of working in-person
  • Your developing identity as a group work leader or facilitator
  • Ethical thinking in groupwork
  • Skills practice

Module 3: Integration and Co-creation: Clarifying your own style and philosophy

  • Group dynamics and group process 2
  • The ‘I’ in the ‘we’ and the ‘we’ in the ‘I’: Exploring and understanding issues of individuation, autonomy and interdependence and their potential to destabilise and strengthen the group development process
  • Skills practice
  • Crystallisation of approach: What’s your style?
  • Reflection, critique and anchoring of learning
  • Endings and closure


You will be given written feedback based on the tutor’s assessment of your skills practice in Module 3.  Following attendance of all three modules and participation in experiential group therapy plus skills practice in Module 3, you will receive a Certificate in Group Work from Physis Scotland.

2024 Course Dates

  • 13th/14th April 2024 – In-Person
  • 11th/12th May – online
  • 29th/30th June – In-Person

Course Fee

Certificate fee: £864 (Inc. VAT) (3 taught modules over 3 weekends).

£150 non- refundable deposit plus 3 x £238 if self-funding.

If you are being sponsored through your organisation, the fee is £1224 (Inc. VAT). £150 non-refundable deposit plus the remaining balance before the commencement of the course. Please note, that if your sponsoring organisation is a charity, the course fee is £864 (Inc. VAT).

A deposit as indicated above is required to secure your place. The balance may be paid in full 1 week before the start of the course, or spread over 3 instalments if self-funding, paid in April, May and June. Please complete the appropriate section of the registration form to take up the instalment payments option.


Third floor, 22 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7RN and online via Zoom.

We are delighted to offer the Certificate in Group Work as an in-person and online experience. Course participants can join us for 2 weekends in-person for the connecting and embodied experience of live group development and process in the physical presence of your co- participants. This will be at our beautiful training rooms at Drumsheugh Gardens in Edinburgh.

Course Tutor

Bev Gibbons TSTA (P)

Bev is a Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst in the field of psychotherapy. She has an MA In TA psychotherapy and BA Hons in integrative counselling. She works in North Yorkshire, in the UK, as a trainer, supervisor and psychotherapist in private practice. Bev works with individuals, groups, and organisations, and has many years’ experience of leading teams, running TA and other training groups, process and therapy groups, and many supervision groups.

The Co-Creative TA principles of present-centred relating, commitment to being we (we-ness) and shared responsibility lie at the heart of Bev’s work and way of being (Tudor & Summers, 2014). Bev is deeply interested in thinking about the individual in the system and the system in the individual; in working with an intersectional lens; in working intersubjectively in the ‘space between’ and in the role of the body in communication.

Bev is the current European Association for Transactional Analysis (EATA) delegate for the UK and the CTA local oral exam site supervisor for UK exams, and a member of the UK Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA) Training and Accreditation Standards Committee.

How to apply for this course

To apply for the Certificate in Group Work, you need to complete and return an application form, along with transferring your deposit in order to secure your place.

If you would like to apply for the course please download the booklet and application form at the foot of this page.  Or contact enquiries@physisscotland.co.uk or 07927 557217 to request your application form. Please also contact us if you have any other questions about the course. The deadline for applications for the Certificate is 29th March 2024.

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