Process Oriented Facilitation Training

Skills for deeply transformative group work

Our world is characterized by complexity. Our communities, organizations and government are drowning in complex systemic issues. Whether you hold a formal facilitation role or are required to facilitate conversations in your work, facilitating this complexity requires cutting-edge facilitation skills and training.

This one-year facilitation training course is comprised of seven training weekends, providing the opportunity for you dive deep in a supportive environment to learn, enhance and practice the transformative facilitation skills required to make progress in this increasingly complex scene.

You will learn how to facilitate in a way that is rewarding and sustainable for you as a facilitator and for the groups with whom you work.


The Process Oriented Group Facilitation course is designed for people who are looking for an advanced framework in which to understand group dynamics in depth. It is for those who want to enhance and experiment with their facilitation skills and who are interested to learn more about themselves in order to do so.

It is an experiential and innovative program where you will be supported and mentored to deepen your skills, self knowledge and personal insight.

The course is for people who already work with or in groups in some capacity. You will need to have access to a group(s) in which you can apply your learning during the course. You may be a consulting facilitator, or a practitioner or professional who at times facilitates groups as part of your role. You may have no facilitation experience, but your strategic role within your organisation requires you to up-skill. Your work with groups may be paid or voluntary.

Other than the reading required for the course there are no pre-requisites for this program. No previous experience in Process Oriented Psychology (also known as Process Work) is required.


This one-year program consists of seven learning themes taught over seven weekends. The fourteen face-to-face training days will be held in Sydney at a venue that also offers affordable accommodation.

In consultation with your teachers you will be asked to identify a learning project in which you can apply your learning. There will be opportunities to bring your project work into case consultations in class.


Role Theory – Roles are more than the individuals who occupy them. Process Work facilitation is a ‘field’ based paradigm that uses a refined capacity for observing and understanding communication signals in groups. A Process Work facilitator works with more than just the individuals in the room. The background field is characterized by roles that shape the group and the behaviors of the people in it. From this perspective, individuals are also roles within the field that need representation and expression, not just management.


Working at the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Groups need facilitation help when they get stuck at what we call the ‘Edge’. This is the border between what the group already knows and identifies with and where and how the group is trying to grow. One of the key roles of the Process Oriented facilitator is to perceive the nature of the Edge and facilitate the group to understand and unfold it in order to make progress.


Facilitating Conflict – Conflict is essential for groups to grow but it often scares both group members and facilitators alike. Groups are often conflict adverse, but at big costs. Process Work considers conflict as a generative process that when explored well, brings new information, connection and creative responses to seemingly intractable divides.


Deep Democracy – Learn how to appreciate all the voices in the group, recognize the flow of different kinds of information and identify the structure of the process and what is trying to emerge.


Rank, Power and Privilege – History, our life experiences and communication style shape the opportunities and influence we have in groups. Together we’ll explore how to identify and work with power and rank dynamics in groups. We’ll learn how to facilitate individuals and groups to become more ‘rank aware’ and how to develop the crucial facilitator attribute of ‘rank fluidity’.


Innerwork – Process Work considers the facilitator’s intuition, feeling and body sensations as one of the many communication channels in which important information about the group’s process and direction can emerge. Process Oriented Innerwork is a practical framework for unfolding and understanding how our momentary inner experiences as a facilitator are an important part of the groups’ process. Together we’ll learn how to make them useful for the group.


Trauma Informed Facilitation – Integrating trauma-informed principles into group facilitation to make group spaces safer and more empowering, including basic trauma theory and skills for how to respond when people get triggered in your groups.


In Process Work we don’t just work with the people in the room. The incorporation of role and field theory into our facilitation work enables us to work with the deeper processes and patterns that are trying to emerge in group-life. This may be emergent through the roles taken by individuals in the group, the facilitator’s experience and our experience of the atmosphere and external environment.

The Process Work facilitation paradigm is grounded in an understanding of how power, rank and privilege operate in a multi-dimensional way from moment to moment. Power, rank and privilege impact our interpersonal, group, and community relationships. How we use our power as facilitators is crucial, as is our willingness and skills to work with the inevitable power processes happening in the groups we work with. Process Work offers an in depth understanding of power and the various ways it manifests. This gives our approach the deep insight needed to support empowerment, diversity and inclusion and the understanding that can bridge power divides.

The Process Orientated Facilitator welcomes conflict. Process Work considers conflict to be generative in groups, rather than a sign of dysfunction (although conflicts may be handled in dysfunctional ways). Rather than shy away from conflict, we welcome it as an opportunity to gain more awareness and to deepen interpersonal, group, and community relationships.

The Process Work facilitation paradigm is based on Deep Democracy. This is a non-pathologising approach that includes all voices and positions. Process Work considers that the essence of ‘what’s happening’, even if it is disturbing, is valuable and important. When we assume that disturbances and ‘trouble makers’ are somehow needed and meaningful roles, we open up to being more whole through welcoming the essence of those roles or experiences. ‘Trouble’ can be energizing and insightful when it is more fully understood and integrated by the system rather than superficially resolved, disposed of, or marginalized.

Process Work emphasizes the importance of the facilitator’s own personal development and capacity to work with their own inner states and experiences. The facilitator is considered to be a possible channel through which important information may flow for the group. The facilitator therefore needs a well-developed capacity for self-awareness and skills for making this information useful to the group. We are working on ourselves as much as we are working with others when we facilitate groups.

Process Work supports creativity and the use of multiple communication channels, not just speaking and listening. Communication signals are multi-dimensional and involve much more than speaking and hearing. Visual imagery, movement, posture, body symptoms synchronicities and non-language vocalizations are all ways in which information can emerge in a group. Process Work trains facilitators to notice the myriad of emergent signals in multi-modal channels. This provides the opportunity for the facilitator to create safety, competency and congruence by responding to the signal in the same channel as it emerged.


Dr Jane Martin

Course architect and lead trainer

Jane is a dynamic, trustworthy and experienced facilitator. She has over twenty years experience as a facilitator in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Over the past ten years Jane has facilitated training and development for the NSW State Public Service, the non-government sector and the Australian Federal Public Service. 

In her role as a Director of Adaptive Leadership Australia, Jane trains and mentors leadership practitioners who are working to create better leadership for a better Australia. Jane was the facilitator and architect of the Lost Conversations Group, co-authoring the book Lost Conversations: Finding New Ways for Black and White Australians to Lead Together.

She has continued her passion for this work as an Associate of Collaboration for Impact where she is a facilitator specializing in Deep Collaboration between First Nation Peoples and Other Australians.

She has delivered facilitation training for the Aurora Indigenous Training Initiatives and the Melbourne Indigenous Leadership Group sponsored by the Atlantic Fellows For Social Equity Program.

Jane’s qualifications include a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is an Accredited Coach (with the International Coaching Federation), Process Work Diplomate, accredited Deep Democracy facilitator, member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology, and a founding member and Director of Training for Australia and New Zealand Process Oriented Psychology (ANZPOP).

Beck Ronkson

Beck is a Facilitator, Coach, Psychotherapist and Consultant with a background in Theatre and Community Cultural Development based in Newcastle, NSW. She has worked in the social change space for the past 19 years, with seven years in the mental health and homelessness sectors. 

She regularly facilitates collaborations of multiple stakeholders, including Local Area Health services, Community Housing providers, Corporate organisations, large and small NGOs, often in the areas of housing, mental health and community self-determination. She is an Associate with Collaboration for Impact, and was the former Artistic Director of Milk Crate Theatre, facilitating group programs for Mission Australia, St Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, Wesley Mission, Richmond PRA (now Flourish), in Juvenile Justice, CALD & Indigenous communities, and in many schools.

Drawing on her theatrical background, Beck specialises in producing and applying creative tools such as Forum Theatre to disrupt entrenched behaviours holding systems and people from reaching their potential, and is passionate about using physical processes to unlock new insights for individuals and groups. In 2010, Beck was listed in the Sydney Magazine’s (Fairfax Media) 100 most influential people for her work within the homeless community of Sydney.

Beck’s qualifications include, Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) Honours; Organisational Coach (Global Coaching Institute); Diploma of Process Oriented Psychology (ANZPOP). She is a member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology (IAPOP), and Alumna Sydney Leadership.

Liz Scarfe

Liz has been facilitating groups and teaching group facilitation for over 20 years.

Beginning in the social and environmental change movement, Liz taught consensus and collaborative decision making, nonviolent communication skills, conflict transformation, and group facilitation in dozens of not-for-profits and social change groups, public workshops, community safety programs, and internationally in her role as a trainer with the third-party nonviolent intervention group Peace Brigades International.

She then brought her facilitation skills to work in community development and management roles, working in the charity, health care, and local government sectors, facilitating a range of groups, trainings, and community consultation processes.

In her work as a psychotherapist, Liz specialises in working with people who experience complex trauma and also consults with organisations wanting to incorporate trauma-informed principles into their practices. Seeing a need for facilitators to be trauma-informed, Liz  developed the highly successful Trauma Informed Facilitation training workshop in 2017 that she has been delivering on a regular basis since then, and will deliver as part of this course.

Liz completed an Advanced Certificate in Group Facilitation in 2002 before endeavouring on the in-depth training in Process Work facilitation to become a Process Work Diplomate, enabling her to facilitate at the Poland (2014) and Greece (2017) World Work seminars and the upcoming Canada (2020) Work Work seminar.

Liz is currently studying a Masters of Culture, Health and Medicine and also has a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Science, Diploma of Management, and Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment. She is a member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, as well as a founding faculty member of the Process Work Institute India and the Executive Director of ANZPOP.

2020 DATES

2-3 May, 13-14 June, 25-26 July, 15-16 August, 26-27 September, 17-18 October, 14-15 November.


The face-to-face seminars will be held at The Centre, 14 Frances St, Randwick, Sydney. Onsite affordable accommodation is also available at the venue.


There is a range of fee structures for this course:

Standard Rate: $7,970 with an early bird discounted rate of $7,200 for course enrolments completed by 31 January 2020 and a super early bird rate of $6,970 for course enrolments completed by 31 December 2019.

There is an additional discount for two or more participants from one organisation: $7,200 each with an early bird discounted rate of $6,870 each for course enrolments completed completed by 31 January 2020 and $6,770 each for enrolments completed by 31 December 2019.

ANZPOP Alumni rate for ANZPOP course graduates: $7,200 with an early bird discounted rate of $6,870 for course enrolments completed completed by 31 January 2020 and $6,770 for enrolments completed by 31 December 2019.

Some work-study places are available and receive up to 25% discount on course fees.

A 25% course deposit is due within seven days of being accepted into the course.

After paying the deposit, an automated payment plan of three credit card deductions is available, with the final payment due 24 July 2020.

We understand that payment and paperwork requirements vary across organisations and have some flexibility to accommodate your organisation’s processes.





To find out more about the program, join Jane for a one-hour online information sessions on one of the following times (all NSW time):

  • Saturday January 25th from 11am to midday
  • Saturday February 22nd from 11am to midday
  • Saturday March 21st from 11am to midday
  • Saturday April 4th from 11am to midday.

You will need to download the free meeting platform Zoom to take part in the session. A meeting room link will be sent to you ahead of the session.


To get the most out of this program, we recommend you read the following Process Work texts ahead of the training:

  • A Path Made by Walking by Julie Diamond and Lee Spark Jones

  • Sitting in the Fire by Arnold Mindell

  • Leader as Martial Artist by Arnold Mindell

  • Power: A Users Guide by Julie Diamond


Applications to the Process Oriented Faciliation program are now open, and will close on 1st of April, 2020. To apply to join:

1. Read all the information on this page and attend an information session (not mandatory).

2. Complete and submit the online application form via the Apply Now button below.

3. After receiving your application, Jane Martin will contact you to arrange an online interview to discuss your interest in the program and answer any questions you might have.

4. If you decide to go ahead with the course, you will be sent a payment link to pay the course deposit and to select a payment plan. To secure your place in the course you must make this payment within seven working days of being accepted into the course. 


Highly qualified teachers with extensive experience as therapists and facilitators, both in organisations and private practice. Check out our faculty here.

All our teachers are fully certified Process Work Diplomates as recognised by the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology, meaning they have completed the highest training qualification in Process Work and are recognised to teach Process Work.

We are the only IAPOP recognised training organisation in Australia and New Zealand, enabling you to deepen your Process Work studies if you chose to continue on to the Process Work Diplomate Training Pathway.