Gerard Fitzpatrick, the Managing Director of Fusion, has recently published his major new work on working with groups. Entitled ‘Effective Group Leadership: Insights of a Practitioner’ (Orpen Press), the book was over two years in the making and has been widely hailed in a number of reviews as a considerable contribution to the field.
Gerard has worked as a group facilitator for over fifteen years, and in that time he has developed and delivered a wide range of innovative programmes to a broad range of client groups. He holds four level nine qualifications, an MA in Group Facilitation and postgraduate diplomas in Training & Development and Integrative Psychotherapy. He also possesses an M. Phil in History, a BA (Hons) and is certified in Reality Therapy. He is currently undergoing training in Group Analytic Psychotherapy at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He has lived and worked in Ireland, Spain and the UK.
Over this time Gerard has worked on developing his own style of training and facilitation, based on the principles of Adult Learning, groupwork theory and development, and integrative and humanistic psychotherapy. His key goal in programme delivery is achieving involvement and participation of all group members and developing knowledge and understanding rather than impart information. Learning at its best should be an active, dynamic, participative and stimulating experience. No-one learns through boredom.
Gerard has a particular interest in soft skills development, raising self-esteem and self-awareness, facilitating people to function more effectively in teams, supporting people to see their strengths and qualities and help them become aware of and address the areas they may need to grow in. He has found, whether working with graduates or the most marginalised, that the chief barriers to progression and growth for most people are confidence and self-belief. These are issues all Fusion programmes address.