Group Work Intensive Auckland

Start Date
End Date
Craig Whisker
Event Venue
Hou Mana Wai Mercy Wellsprings, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland


An experiential workshop for everyone who leads or aspires to lead a group or team

Led by Craig Whisker, PhD (Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Social Worker)

1st — 4th May 2023, 9am — 5pm daily

Hou Mana Wai Mercy Wellsprings, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland

Your Investment: $790 (incl. GST)

Online Registration: CLICK HERE

Enquiries:  021 213 9921 or [email protected]

This experiential workshop offers everyone who leads or aspires to lead a group or team the opportunity to engage in intensive personal and professional development over a 4-day period. Participants meet as a group led by Dr. Craig Whisker for 4 x 1.5-hour sessions per day, 16 sessions in total, to explore the particular purposes and goals that they identify and come to the workshop to achieve. This process involves self-presentation, interaction, teaching, coaching, supervised practice, making assessments, creating effective interventions, reviewing transcriptions of previous sessions, and involvement in each other’s learning. No previous group work leadership experience is necessary.

Audio Recording of Group Sessions

Each group session is audio recorded to gain a record of what occurs in case we want to refer back to particular moments in the group’s work. At the end of each day, the group leader transcribes a few minutes of group work from that day and we discuss the resulting transcription during the 3rd session of the following day. The transcription provides a useful medium for reviewing previous work, teaching, and deepening reflection. The group leader is also a practitioner researcher who writes and publishes on his practice of group work, and the audio recordings may also be used for these purposes on the proviso that participants’ anonymity is maintained and participants have the right to review, edit, or veto any relevant content prior to publication. Audio recordings are securely stored and are not used for other purposes. Participants are asked to sign an informed consent form when registering.

Dr. Craig Whisker gained his PhD in 2021 from La Trobe University in Melbourne researching cultural justice in the family therapy movement in Aotearoa New Zealand. He is a Certificated Educator and Psychodramatist with the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association, and a Clinical Member and Accredited Supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapy. His social work education was on the Pūao-te-ata-tū inspired bi-cultural social work master’s programme at Victoria University of Wellington from 1990-91. He is currently the Psychotherapy Professional Leader at Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland, and works in private practice as a family psychotherapist and psychodramatist.

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