Inclusive Leadership Skills Training: a Four-Day TGroup Intensive
Facilitators: Pien Van Den Herik, MA and Tiffany von Emmel, PhD
Location: Retreat home, Sebastopol, Sonoma county, CA
When: Thursday, June 27-Sunday, June 30, 2019
Applications available in February
Only 12 participants accepted.
A limited number of scholarships are available.
The Inclusive Leadership Skills Training offers a powerful transformative learning experience for people who want to make a positive difference in their organizations and communities.
As a participant, you will step into your power and agency to make a difference. You will practice interpersonal mindfulness and compassion for yourself and others. You will gain self-awareness about how you interact with others, learn communication skills, emotional intelligence skills, and the art of giving and receiving feedback in the moment. Engaging with others, you will learn how to connect across differences. "TGroup" is an experiential learning group method in which participants practice interpersonal and group skills over several days in order to achieve their own learning goals. "T" in TGroup stands for "training".
Participants will be supported to develop their own learning goals, such as the following:
The course is highly experiential. The learning journey includes 40 hours of experiential learning, introduction to models and tools, and direct interaction with other participants.
Mindful experiential learning: As a participant, you will learn mindfulness-based tools to reduce stress and increase compassion. Engaging diverse ways of knowing, the workshop will also guide you through simple embodied learning activities as a means to more deeply understand yourself and how you relate to others.
Leadership Coaching: Participants will receive a coaching session before the T group weekend and a coaching session after the weekend with Pien Van Den Herik or Tiffany von Emmel. The Pre-weekend Coaching session focuses on identifying your goals for the weekend and the Post-Weekend Coaching focuses on applying your learnings from the weekend.
Who should attend?
We encourage people from different backgrounds to attend. You do not need to have prior experience to attend. Our acceptance process is geared towards creating a diverse group.
Cost: The fee includes the four-day workshop with meals, accommodations, and two leadership coaching sessions.
You can choose from a range of accommodation options.
Before you apply
1. Read the article, The Power of T-Groups, to gain insight into the learning experience.
2. If you are in psychotherapy, we recommend that you discuss this with your therapist.
What participants say:
I feel honored and privileged to be able to learn about feelings and emotional awareness from you. I appreciate your willingness to give so much to the group and your ability to establish safety in the group.
For the rest of my life, when I imagine being in a tough situation, I’ll muster up the Interpersonal Dynamics toolbox and think of you in all the ways that you’ve helped us reach and grow.
There are so many wonderful ways I have learned from you...in being adept at navigating emotional situations. I will be replaying these memories of profound moments throughout my life.
When I came to this class I thought I was wired wrong, that I was feeling too much. Seeing you role model leadership for me, I realized I am completely fine. The gift you have given to people of support, understanding and love; now I understand what I can do with my emotional bandwidth.
Because of the trust you built, I was able to take risks in the group. Your ability to help everyone feel comfortable is amazing.
You are masterful in the way you can skillfully facilitate the group between levels, from intra-personal to inter-personal to group level, and generate an effective outcome. This has been a great learning for me.
So caring for the people in the group and meeting an unbelievable range of people emotionally, which was fantastic. It created such a safe space for everyone. You are really good at repair. You were... such a model for me. I felt so lucky to have you as a facilitator.
Your compassion for others is so remarkable and runs so deep, your care. In a very positive way, you exhibited such an array and depth of emotion. To learn that was so helpful.
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