Training Class Details
Class Title: CANCELLED Best Practices in Facilitating Dynamic Groups for Youth Professionals – 3 CEU’s
Class Date: Monday, October 11, 2021
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: 29
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Nicole Nelson
Laura Scarborough
Class Description:

Best Practices in Facilitating Dynamic Groups for Youth Professionals – 3 CEU’s


Training Summary

Facilitation can create groups that range from exciting and engaging to tedious and repetitive. What are the key qualities, skills, and strategies of dynamic group facilitators? This course will explore each of the elements that contribute to dynamic, engaged groups, including best practices in facilitation, an overview of group development, and strategies for increasing cohesion, participation, and learning in a group setting. Participants will be able to use these skills with youth professionals or youth and families.


Learning Objectives:

· Participants will complete a self-assessment to identify their most common pitfalls as a group facilitator and connect how these may impact youth and families.

· Participants will learn the 5 phases of group development and how they apply to youth professionals.

· Participants will practice interventions to enhance group participation, engagement, and outcomes.


How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning?

· Participants will be able to name each of the 5 phases of group development and how they would facilitate at each stage of a group.

· Participants will be able to implement 1 new facilitations skill to use in a group setting with youth professionals or with youth and families.

· Participants will be able to list at least 3 interventions that a facilitator might use in a group setting.


Trainer Bio:

Nicole Nelson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with youth and families. She holds a B.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies and Sociology as well as a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She has provided clinical supervision for over 10 years as well as experience as a Program Director, Regional Executive Director, and now Senior Trainer at Seneca Family of Agencies.


Laurie Scarborough is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development and a M. A. in Clinical Psychology. She has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in various settings as a Therapist, Case Manager, Program Supervisor, Clinical Supervisor, Director, Trainer and Facilitator.  Much of this experience has been in providing crisis services in the community and within a Crisis Stabilization Unit.



You must work with dependent (foster& probation) youth in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, or Monterey County in order to attend our trainings. Trainings are free for those eligible to attend.



Course meets the qualifications for 3 continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Seneca Family of Agencies is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. Seneca Family of Agencies maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, Provider #135057.  

We are unable to provide certificates of completion if more than 15 minutes of each course content is missed.



• You must sign IN & OUT before you leave. 

• You must fully complete SENECA CAMFT evaluations, before leaving your training, with your full name legibly written.



Completion Certificates can be obtained by emailing:



All registered participants must cancel 48 hours in advance, if no longer

able to attend. Cancellation can be done electronically through

registration confirmation email or by calling:

Seneca Family of Agencies - Training Department at (510) 654-4004


Seneca Institute for Advanced Practice

8945 Golf Links Road, Oakland, CA 94605

(510) 654-4004 x2244


In accordance with California Civil Code Section 54.1 any disabled person who may require accommodations (transportation) to participate in any trainings or events, please contact the Training Department at 510-654-4004 at least 5 days in advance of the event.

Trainings provided by Seneca Family of Agencies, in partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano. Monterey training provided in partnership with Hartnell College and Monterey County. Funding provided through Title IV-E.