Introduction to Group Work Skills

Tutor: Amanda Sheriff

In the modern world of budget cuts and the need for cost effective interventions many helping roles now require you to deliver interventions in a group work setting. Groups can be challenging, exciting, cathartic and interesting. This one day workshop looks at developing your confidence to work in this environment and at how you can adapt your counselling skills and interventions to work in a group setting, (e.g. Herons Six Category Intervention Analysis) We will also look at different types of group, planning a group, working with challenging clients and the stages of group development. The day will contain theory and experiential elements.


Amanda Sheriff graduated from Heartwood in 2009 and from Broadreach house in 2008. Since then I have been working with socially excluded individuals in a variety of settings, including group work in rehab and long term counselling for the NHS. More recently I have been running CBT based psychoeducational groups  for perpertrators of domestic violence and I am currently a specialist recovery worker at HMP Exeter working with groups and individuals delivering psychosocial interventions.