The “Learning from action” Workshop is a Group Relations Conferences application and aims to help staff members explore and study the value of the activities and the tasks of everyday life in a Therapeutic Community as a communication form.
This training model was conceived in 2000 by the encounter between Bob Hinshelwood and Enrico Pedriali.
It is a training model that gives the participants opportunities for direct learning in a short period of time where members live together according to the TC style. It is structured to develop the basic skills in those who work in residential or semi-residential facilities and for staff members in mental health services.
The primary task is the exploration of conscious and unconscious relationships that are involved in everyday life and in work activities as a communication form.
In this particular training context the goal is to allow for a better understanding of overt and hidden interpersonal, intergroup, organisational and institutional factors that intervene with the decision-making processes.
Every participant-resident is enabled to explore his/her own way of working and the group functioning, particularly non-verbal communications, and to make decision and take up responsibilities through the facts of everyday life and the relationships with the others.
Reflection groups, plenary and intergroup meetings, activity and application groups will further reflection and learning.
The participants will be supervised by the staff members: together they will form a LEARNING COMMUNITY. The aims of this training event is Doing, Thinking and Learning something that can be later used in one’s own workenvironment.
The themes of Decision-making Processes and Assumption of Responsability in residential communities and mental health services are often critical themes both theoretically and practically.
By making use of the opportunities given by the programme, members can share different moments of the TC life and deal with the issues involved in managing the three days of the conference with whatever this entails: the organisation of everyday life, living together and sharing the experience with the other participants, opportunities for personal reflection and group processing.