Olivia Rae Oliver’s Testimonial
I had come into the course with expectations/goals to gain facilitation tools and not only were they met, but in experiencing and trusting the process as a participant, I had gained confidence that I could affect change as a therapist, and so gained trust in myself.
I enjoyed that I was able to learn through experiencing the process as a group member and then make the link to the theory. Learning as a part of the group provided a deeper insight into the impact of the Interactive Group Model, which helped me trust the process by experiencing the dynamic, change and healing first hand. As a participant, I went through initial mixed nervousness, anxiety as well as feelings of excitement. Initially I felt overly aware of others. However, through the activities and facilitation, I experienced how I became more comfortable and started to trust the group process and how impactful the uncomfortable or silent moments can be, when allowed. It was beautiful to access the experience of the facilitators in how relevant the activities were and how they adapted to, and flowed with, the needs of the group.
Two significant take aways about the interactive group model were the group as a microcosm and the “here and now” concept. It was encouraging to watch Louise, observe, and through asking the right questions, she guided me to self-awareness and to reflect how a situation that happened during an activity had affected me and how I responded in return. This then helped me communicate my process to the group members which could be implemented in the following activity sessions. With respect to the group as a microcosm. the understanding that group members represent a slice of society, and how people behave in society will manifest in the group, was significant. I realized that affecting social and behavioural change in the here and now during the group process then enabled these changes to be more easily carried over into society.
Facilitator’s skills, knowledge and presentation of workshops
Marine van der Walt
Passion for O.T.
… I felt like an actual facilitator instead of the supervisor I was being in my previous groups.”
Skills learnt and applied
Testimonials from groups facilitated by OTGrow for other NPO’s and corporates
“I am elderly but learned so much from the young and I understand their fears and worries because I went through it also. I can encourage them.”
“All my life I lived with a fear for whites. Today I can honestly say I am healed.”
“Loved the fact that people were allowed to share their opinions without being judged.”
“This week was the best week of my life and I have learned so much in this one week. Actually, I became a better person.”
“I’ve found a new freedom to be myself, no apologies.”
“Ek is tot meer toe instaat, as wat ek gedink het.”
“Ek het nooit geweet ek kon myself vergewe nie. Ek voel soos ‘n nuwe mense. Selfs my seun sê ek klink anders en nou bel hy my.”
Unsung Heroes feedback
“I felt relieved to share my covid story with strangers, without judgement”
“Hope, bravery, Inspiration and courage and living life”
“The group have impacted my life but these tears in my eyes are just being extra🥴”
“People are not a bad as I thought”
“It has unleashed my hidden potential”
“My confidence has grown so much, I’m going to start my own YouTube channel, which is my passion”
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