Advanced Depth Facilitation

Public course 15th to the 18th October 2024



Course Introduction

This module follows on from Depth Facilitation in which the participants learnt about the psychology of individuals and groups in facilitated sessions, how to manage themselves as facilitators, and the essential roles and tasks of facilitation when dealing with on the surface processes. This course teaches the skills of working with both “on the surface processes” and “beneath the surface processes” in groups. The participant will develop the skills required to safely bring underlying issues to the surface and to assist the group to resolve these issues. The participant will have developed a solid theoretical foundation in Depth Facilitation from which to begin work as a facilitator. This course further equips participants with advanced skills to successfully facilitate a variety of group interventions. If the participant has prior experience in facilitation and has had some exposure to depth work in some form, then they may apply to attend the advanced course without first attending the Depth Facilitation course.

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the idea of the group “psyche”, or the group-as-a-whole
  2. Help groups to explore under-the-surface processes in a constructive way
  3. Help groups to identify, interpret and draw meaning from the group dynamics and associated processes
  4. Understand power dynamics in groups and how to facilitate in the face of power differences
  5. Identify and work with group roles and archetypes during group processes
  6. Understand how to identify and work with a variety of depth signals in a group
  7. Work with group leaders and the role of leadership in groups
  8. Understand the scapegoating process in groups and have the skills to assist groups to avoid scapegoating
  9. Understand the impact of diversity issues in groups and use appropriate facilitation skills
  10. Understand the nature of group processes, and the relationship between on the surface and under the surface processes
  11. Understand the nature of conflict processes in groups and have the skills to assist groups to resolve conflict.

Course topics
Topics to be covered on the course include:

  • The nature of the group psyche
  • Identifying and prioritising issues to be discussed
  • Reading group “below-the-surface” information
  • Working with different pathways of information
  • Managing anxiety in groups
  • Moving into below-the-surface processes
  • Working with group archetypes
  • Meaning-making in groups
  • Conflict resolution in groups
  • Working with scapegoating processes
  • Working with power and other differences in groups
  • Working with leadership as a facilitator