When participants enter a group learning situation they often express a ‘safe’ purpose or reason for being in the group that mirrors the original and advertised purpose of the program. However, there is often a secondary purpose that underlies this initial purpose. The secondary purpose includes the emotional unease a person experiences and actually motivates them to attend the group. If the person is to fully committed to learning in the group, this secondary purpose needs to be valued, recognised and addressed.


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Andrew King

Andrew King is a consultant trainer and program developer in group work, working with men and resilience based practice. He is a specialist trainer in group work and trains professionals throughout Australia and Canada in ‘working with men’. He is also an experienced practitioner and has published a range of professional articles.

Andrew’s work career has involved working with teenagers who have drug and alcohol problems, young people with a mental health issues, parenting education, coordinating a large fathers’ centre and managing training for professionals interested in group work or working with men.

He is based in NSW, Australia and facilitates groups and training workshops throughout Australia. He offers mentoring, group leadership, strengths based strategic planning, team building, Parent Wise Workshops, program development and supervision.

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