Communities of Practice

connecting, learning, creating

Process Work Communities of Practice (PWCOP) are a place for people who actively use the Process Work model in their work to come together to deepen their practice of Process Work through connecting and learning together.

PWCOP foster the development of collegial relationships that support learning, connection, and collaborative enterprises and community projects.


As a liberation psychology, Process Work is about psychology and social change, and it attracts people interested in both.

There are hundreds of people across Australia and New Zealand who use Process Work in their work and social change efforts and we know many of them feel isolated, with few if any collegues or friends who understand the model. 

PWCOP is one way to reduce this isolation by fostering collaborative, collegial relationships that are empowering, creative and impactful.

We also know how important local community is, which is why PWCOP are about local groups meeting in person. While it’s possible to have virtual COP, its just not the same as being in the same room as others and doesn’t build local capacity and connectivity.

Our dearest dream for PWCOP is that they will provide a space for people to not only learn together, but to find meaningful connections, strengthen local communities, and create transformative social change together.

What is a Community of Practice?

The term Community of Practice was coined in 1991 in the book Situated Learning by Jean Lave and Etienne Wegner to describe a social learning space that combines three aspects:

Domain – a shared domain of interest that members are committed to;

Community – members build trusting relationships that enable them to learn from each other; and

Practice – members develop shared skills to create shared practice in the domain area.


PWCOP is for you if:

  • you’ve been to some workshops or done a training program in Process Work, and you try to integrate it into your work, paid or unpaid work – it doesn’t matter how much you know or where, how or with whom you learnt it 
  • you feel isolated or could use more support in your efforts to use Process Work
  • you are drawn to connect with others who use Process Work in your region
  • you want to learn from and with others and share what you know
  • you are looking for people to collaborate with in either work or social change contexts.

PWCOP is not for you if:

  • you don’t know anything about Process Work yet. Check out our Training page to find out how to learn about Process Work, do some workshops or a course, then come back to the PWCOP.
  • your only exposure to Process Work is as a client (therapy or coaching)
  • you’re looking for free supervision.


PWCOP are self-organised local groups, convened by locals. Each group decides how often they meet, how long their meetings go for, where they meet, how to structure their time together etc; ANZPOP doesn’t set structures for this.

ANZPOP supports groups to start by;

  • engaging and supporting local convenors
  • promoting the groups
  • funds for the basics
  • insurance cover if needed for venue hire/use.

ANZPOP also provides ongoing support and leadership development for convenors via a facilitated peer network and one-to-one support as needed.


During January and February 2020, ANZPOP is busy doing the background work to launch the PWCOP in a range of locations, but we’re not quite ready to announce them all just yet.

If you want to find out about the new groups starting, sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page and we’ll let you know as soon as all the details are finalised.