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How to get the Very Best
from your Teaching or Training Group
 An Administrator's Manual of 86 pages

Susie Rotch Psychologist

Leadership Trainers handbook

The Trainers Handbook for the Administration of The Very Best Leadership Course in a group setting.

Introduction to the Trainer’s Manual.

How to get the Very Best from your Teaching and Training Groups consists of a DVD or videotape presentation and an individual manual for each participant learning the skills of group leadership. The class sets also include a trainer’s handbook.

The video component presents the theoretical material the first part of the program with topics from the third section. They are clearly segmented for sequenced presentation and contain a variety of examples for discussion. They will repay repeated viewing not only for apparent point illustration but also for the nuances of interaction in the various teaching group sequences.

The manual restates and expands the content of the program. Additionally there are various exercises to be undertaken by the participants in their own time. These exercises often require a considerable investment in time as they both cover the relevant topic under study as well as developing the participants’ powers of observation and analysis.

This handbook offers the trainer two things.

First there are suggestions for techniques that can enliven your presentation of this course to your training groups. In the spirit of this project they are also meant to be experienced and then adapted by your participants for use in their own teaching groups.

Second there is the structured sample program for learning group leadership skills contained in the DVD'ss and the participants’ manuals. This sample program is arranged in fourteen sessions or approximately one semester.

Leadership Trainers Handbook

Cooking in the Kitchen.

Teaching group leadership in an interactive group setting is the best possible environment because it offers multi-level experiences that can yield immediate practical outcomes.

I use the term multi-level because as we study various social theories of group behaviour we are doing so in a flexible learning group situation that permits the synchronous observation and application of the ideas being presented.

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This assumption about learning in a ‘social laboratory’ gives distinct levels of inquiry for the training group leader to explore:

     i.   a guided explanation of the contents of the video and manual.
     ii.  an examination of the ideas being presented via the structured
         group experience of the interactions of the group itself.
     iii. a sequence of tasks to encourage: self observation,
          self knowledge,
          observation of others,
          interaction with others.

The structured managing of the training group to be a major learning experience in it’s own right is the gist of the Trainers' manual.

Tailoring the Training Course

It may be that the immediate needs of your training groups are focused upon particular issues such as course structure, presentation or leadership. These topics can be addressed first by re-arranging the order of the sessions to quickly establish the practicality of the course. The remaining sessions then become the reinforcement and backup resources that support and expand on the initial leadership concepts chosen to meet the current needs of the trainees.

Alternately the course can be presented as is for a training group that is unknown to each other and could benefit from a hierarchically ordered and comprehensive study program. This option would take fourteen weeks or about a semester.

In keeping with a model of universal respect, including for gender differences, the leader and participants are alternately designated as he or she. This is not intended to be prescriptive.

Aims and Values of the Program

The program has a number of aims based on three values held as essential or core beliefs by the author:
Firstly it sets out to present and teach a cohesive model of group work. This model can be applied and observed in the groups you run as well as by your paticipants in their own groups.

The model was developed out of my personal belief that learning is easiest when systematic. Learning with order superimposed is easier than learning where information is taught piecemeal, especially to beginners struggling to acquire the rudiments.

it teaches the practical application of a model of universal respect, respect for him / herself by the leader, respect for group members by the leader and respect for each other by the groups’ members, no matter what their age or stage in life.

This is a based on the fundamental value that I hold as a universal that every one is entitled to such respect at all times. This belief may appear idealistic, and it is, but I believe that we make progress in our level of civilisation by practising and teaching such values.

Thirdly the program teaches techniques of self-observation, analysis and review together with techniques for assessment, review and quality control of the leaders’ work by others. These include the group members they lead, their co-leaders, peers and supervisors.

Emphasis on ongoing self-examination and review by others is based on my personal belief that in order to learn group leaders must be prepared to subject themselves to the same sorts of learning risks that they expect of their group members. No double standards for leaders and participants. How else can the leader truly understand and empathise with the participants or act as a worthy model for them?

The Trainers Handbook is available as separate item or can be purchased as part of a Leadership class set.

Leadership: Part 1: Process and Leadership Skills

Leadership: Part 2: Structure, Planning and Timing  

Leadership: Part 3: What makes groups effective, roles in groups, self rating and what makes a good group leader, self care and personal development, the ethics of group leadership.

Leadership DVD / Video
  Shows the models in part 1 operating in a variety of learning groups.

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