‘Over the last eight years, I have encountered many challenges both as a facilitator and as the manager of our mental health peer support group. I’ve documented our experiences, trained our facilitators, and brought all our learnings together in creating a manual. I hope that by sharing this with others, more mental health activists can get a better start and do great work in China supporting our very own community. ’
Director of CandleX
Date: 3rd March, Sunday 2024
Location: Online via Voov/Tencent
Cost: 500rmb, no refund (Subsidies are available for individuals who are unable to pay but have demonstrated commitment and contribution to community mental health.)
Registration: please contact Summer.
Training Format: The training will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, group discussion, role-play, and hands-on activities. Participants may have the opportunity to practice their facilitation skills and receive feedback from the trainer and other participants.
This year marks our 9th year of running our support group in Beijing. Seeing increasing need from emerging community members for us to do more on mental health, we are now providing training to prepare individuals to get on the path of mental health advocates and group leaders. This upcoming training provides practical guidance and knowledge based on accumulated experiences from challenges our facilitators have encountered, ethical considerations, and issues we have had running the support group.
We will also go over our internal training manual that outlines the structure of CandleX’s signature program - mental health support group - and the step by step tasks of facilitation. By doing this, we hope to empower more people to get an easier start on creating their own mental health groups and projects in China.
Who Should Attend:
Mental health professionals including therapists and coaches
Mental Health Peer support facilitators
Community mental health advocates
Anyone interested in get on the path of becoming a mental health professional
Understand the principles of group facilitation and group dynamics
Learn effective communication skills
Develop conflict resolution skills
Develop strategies for creating a safe and inclusive space for group members
Learn about self-care and how to manage burnout
You will get a certificate from us to indicate that you have completed this 3-hour training.
More About the Training Content
We created a question bank based on facilitator’s debrief, which we do and document after every session. Over the years, we have engaged in discussions and mini-trainings amongst support group program team members as well as external experts to answer these questions.
Note: our 3-hour training does not intend to cover all topics due to limitation of time. To make sure that this training is relevant to the training participants, I’d like you to look at the questions, and pick no more than 3 as your own learning objectives.
Training Questions Bank
Facilitator’s Self Awareness and Management
Conflict Resolution Skills
Group Dynamics Management Skills
Improve the Operation
About the Trainer
A psychotherapist, the director of CandleX, with more than a decade of experiences working with groups, as a researcher, an interviewer, a group facilitator, a group therapist, as well as manager of such groups.
You can learn about her work on psychotherapy by reading Xiaojie’s therapy profile here.