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Leading Structured Groups course feedback

Leading Structured Groups, course feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below is just some of the great written feedback the Leading Structured Groups course has received.


"Excellent course, I learnt so much in the 2 days - a really valuable experience particularly in learning through presenting and watching other team's presentations."

Graham Bloy, Support Worker


"Brilliant course. I have learnt so much and I know my service users will benefit ... would highly recommend to others"

Steph Moran, Activities Coordinator


"It was an amazing three days treat and very, very relevant to me for the enhancement of my activities henceforth. I have learnt the following: 'do not do extraordinary groups; do ordinary groups extraordinarily well'. The tutor was simply fantastic ... Many, many thanks"

Imraane Abdool Raman, Activities Coordinator


"I enjoyed every minute of the course and I am very glad that I attended the training."

Dorris Edosomwan, Drug and Alcohol Nurse Practitioner


"Excellent course. Fantastic facilitator - engaging, informative, use of humour. Feel confident about trying to deliver a group having had very little previous experience."

Catherine Shaw, Social Worker


"My own confidence in my ability to run groups has increased and as a result of this course I will be able to use many of things I've learned in my own work with colleagues and customers. Excellent course. Thank you."

Janet Kaye, Specialist Physiotherapist


"Cracking! … The very design of the course made it extremely good fun and a pleasure to attend thank you."

Rob Wilkinson, CMP Practitioner


"A brilliant course, one of the best I have been on – loved every minute and learned loads. Thanks."

Nicola Rennie, Staff Nurse


"First class."

Phil Lovell, Activity Coordinator


"I feel more confident about taking groups after participating and absorbing during sessions."

Course Delegate


"This course is a valuable asset to anyone who is lucky enough to get on it (gold in your pocket)."

Terry O'Reilly, Activities Coordinator


"A very beneficial course, brilliantly delivered. Inspiring and motivating."

Lee Clement, Discipline Officer


"A very enjoyable course, got so much out of it, even to the extent of wanting to take forward a new course within the prison service."

Course Delegate


"I enjoyed the course immensely and I believe it would be of great benefit to anyone considering delivering programmes in a prison environment."

Jim Crowden, Prison Officer - Leading Structured Groups


"One of the best courses I have attended, very relevant to my current caseload."

Maria Karvouni, Social Worker - Leading Structured Groups


"Should be mandatory to all clinicians."

Jean-Claude Lo, Liaison Mental Health Nurse


"The course has helped me to understand group dynamics and improve my current groups - invaluable! I feel really privileged and appreciated being on the course a lot."

Gurpreet Bhambra, Activities Co-ordinator


"This course has given me a leading role in order to achieve my objective. It has clearly opened the gate way for success in executing my work. Very fantastic and helpful."

Lenn Ogunkoye. Activity Co-ordinator


"I believe that every person that is involved in running groups should attend this course."

Evelyn Miboyo. CSW


"Benefited a lot from the training. Will make me a better practitioner."

M. Panford. Clinical Team Leader


"Thoroughly enjoyable course – best course I have been on – fun, learnt loads and will be useful in rest of career … Tutor was excellent – drew on our experiences and his own – what has gone right and wrong. Very inspirational!"

K. Archibald. Occupational Therapist


"Thank you for a rewarding course. Lots of practical advice and a chance to put into practice. Feel motivated to return to work and put skills into practice."

Nick Lansbury. Occupational Therapy


"I found the course very enjoyable and a worthwhile experience. It was well paced with a good variety/balance of activities. I feel that my existing group skills have been reinforced, but I have learnt a vast amount of new tips/techniques to take away back into practice. I shall certainly recommend it to colleagues. I have been inspired! Tutor was an excellent role model!

Anne Bird. Base Grade Occupational Therapist


"The course was phenomenal and well presented."

Senior Staff Nurse


"Organisation of course material excellent … Tutor very helpful and pleasant. Course informative and great fun."

Ken Lindsay. Staff Psychiatrist


"I have been delivering group work for three years and have at long last had training that was badly needed. The instructor and fellow group workers all worked hard and enjoyed the course with great enthusiasm. Thank you."

Peter Brotherton. Prison Officer


"Overall it has been an excellent course. Very informative and memorable. The style of teaching was excellent. I feel that I have benefited a lot from this course, and go away with a better understanding and knowledge."

Phil Dick. Learning Support


"Without a doubt the best training course I have ever attended, although there was a lot of information, it was presented and delivered in such a way it seemed to be less! Thoroughly enjoyable, relevant and helpful for my job role!"

Steph Young. Activity Session Leader


"Despite having experience of facilitating groups, I have picked up new skills and hopefully gained/improved upon my knowledge base. Facilitator of the course was friendly and supportive over the 3 days."

Sean Sexton. Drug & Alcohol Worker


"I believe the course was very beneficial to me, to help me achieve my planned goals. And gave me a better insight on how to run and cope to make a successful group."

Graham Woolrich. Service User Coordinator


"Tutor was enthusiastic and well informed. Positive learning that can be incorporated in my therapeutic work."

David Voyle. Psychologist


"Very enjoyable, thank you."

Neil Hughes. Trainee Support Worker


"An enjoyable and informative course which highlighted difficulties of group work. Tutor was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, experienced and displayed good and appropriate humour. Really good. Thank you."

Claire Emmett. Prison Officer


"I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 3 days, I feel the course was presented very well. It kept me concentrating at all times and didn't find myself being distracted. Feel that this course has helped me a lot and I feel more confident. Very well presented."

Danielle Walker. Prison Officer


"The role plays were very enjoyable and rewarding to me."

Daniel Ruscillo. Prison Officer


"I am reassured that the staff who attend this group will be better prepared to deal with group work."

Martin Butler. Prison Officer


"Fun and light hearted way of learning new and more beneficial techniques. Very valuable course."

Simon Anderton. Prison Officer


"Very informative, experiential course."

Lloyd Meadows. Prison Officer


"Good course – enthusiastic approach and knowledgeable of subject. Good fun."

Rachel Neill. Prison Officer


"The course was of such value to me – both in my work role and my own self awareness. The tutor allowed the course content to reflect our work within the prison, as group workers. His teaching and delivery manner was comfortable. I would really like to attend further courses. Wow … Fantastic … Thank you."

Prison Officer


"I believe the course was very beneficial to me, to help me achieve my planed goals and gave me a better insight on how to run and cope to make a successful group."

Graham Woolrich, Service User Coordinator


"Tutor was enthusiastic and well informed. Positive learning that can be incorporated into my therapeutic work."

David Voyle. Psychologist


"The course was of such value to me – both in my work role and my own self awareness. The tutor allowed the course content to reflect our work within the prison, as group workers. His teaching and delivery manner was comfortable. I would really like to attend further courses. Wow… fantastic – thank you."

JPrison Officer


"I am reassured that the staff who attend this group will be better prepared to deal with group work."

Martin Butler. Prison Officer


"Fun and light hearted way of learning new and more beneficial techniques. Very valuable course."

Simon Anderton. Prison Officer


"An enjoyable and informative course which highlighted difficulties of group work. Tutor was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, experienced and displayed good and appropriate humour. Really good, thank you."

Claire Emmett. Prison Officer


"I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 3 days. I feel the course was presented very well. It kept me concentrating at all times and didn't find myself being distracted. Feel that this course has helped me a lot and I feel more confident. Very well presented."

Danielle Walher. Prison Officer


"A very enjoyable and informative course."

Michael Addison. Prison Officer


"It was very good – although really hard work pretending to be someone else for a day! Would definitely recommend it. I like the style of teaching through evaluating our own 'performances' … Very good for teaching you skills in evaluating how you run groups later, as well as the skills for running them effectively. Thank you very much, hope to do more APT courses in the future."

Jo Darby. Assistant Psychologist


"Nice easy relaxed presentations, course content delivered in a 'memorable' way."

Sheila Pemberton. RMN


"Even though I already co-facilitate structured groups, have learnt a lot about myself, my approach and the group process."

Cindy Henson. Prison Officer


"As a manager it gave me a good insight into the work groupworkers are involved in; the stresses and pressured. The course will assist me in the facilitation of supervision when appropriate."

Colin Mc Anespie. Principal Officer


"Absolutely excellent 3 day training course. Very well organised. Done with grace and skill. Thoroughly enjoyed – made me more aware of my practice, what works and how I can improve. Thank you."

Isabel Stewart. Manager


"The course was well planned, well structured, well paced, insightful and highly beneficial to my present and future endeavours within my role as a nurse. The facilitator was highly knowledgeable, empathic and understanding, his style of teaching allowed for a lot of material to be more easily digested – many thanks."

Joe Walker. Staff Nurse


"Definitely feel I benefited/will benefit from the course. Learned so much about role play, facilitating and co facilitating groups which I never understood about before. This will give me a renewed interest in my practice. I felt the course was handled informatively and supportively by the facilitator."

Christine Lennon. Staff Nurse


"Definitely feel I benefited/will benefit from the course. Learned so much about role play, facilitating and co facilitating groups which I never understood about before. This will give me a renewed interest in my practice. I felt the course was handled informatively and supportively by the facilitator."

Christine Lennon. Staff Nurse


"I really enjoyed the course, this is very relevant to my practice, the course was well presented by the tutor, who clearly is well educated and experienced in this field. I feel privileged to have been taught by this tutor and to have gained some of his knowledge and skills. Thank you."

Eleanor Neill. RMN


"Very enjoyable experience, presented at a high quality by a very approachable facilitator. The practical nature of the course and preparation involved provided the basis for a beneficial and experienced 3 days. All issues covered will provide for good transference to practice. Excellent facilitation and presentation."

Daniel McNulty. Staff Nurse


"The course was excellent as it provided group working as opposed to facilitator led. Content was good. Allowed us as a group to clarify the good points of our group work and to identify areas we require further training."

Jane Boardman. Staff Nurse


"I thoroughly enjoyed the three day course. It will be of great benefit to my professional development and also to I hope clients/patients who may be involved in groups in our hospital."

Pamela Mulholland. Staff Nurse


"The course was well put together and I was given the challenge of stepping outside my comfort zone both professionally and emotionally on occasions. It proved to be a valuable learning experience and has provoked much thought in respect to my current practice and future directions. My thanks go to Ali for his sensitive and enjoyable delivery."

John Cosgrove. Nurse



Leading Structured Groups

Leading Structured Groups.

A 3-day course. (2-day version also available.)

Intensive coaching, practice and feedback in delivering prepared input to groups.

Over its 33 years existence, APT has learned a lot about leading structured groups and this course is designed to impart as much as possible of that knowledge to people who need to run groups themselves. There is relatively much less lecture input on this course than on most APT courses and much more emphasis on role play. Rather like learning to drive a car, you learn more by doing it than by discussing it, so, over the three days every delegate has a chance to (a) run a structured group, (b) be a participant on a structured group and (c) objectively analyse other people running groups. By the end of the course our aim is that firstly you know a lot about running groups, but, more importantly, you are able to do it well: the tutor will spend much more time in coaching than in lecturing.

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Feedback Ratings

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 97%

Average Relevance rating: 95%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.