Have I got the right qualifications?

We’re interested to hear what is calling you to this work.  We are flexible about our entry requirements as long as you bring some relevant skills and experience.  You may have group work experience, counselling or therapy qualifications, teaching or youth work skills, and daughters of your own (but we don’t require you to have all of these).

What does the training entail?

The training lasts twenty months which includes three residential group training modules over eight months followed by twelve months supervised practise running your own Girls Journeying Together group, individual support, peer groups and written work.  Each residential module will cover topics directly related to the Rites for Girls programme and will ask you to reflect upon your own experiences at that pre-teen stage of your life.  We will be journeying together as women, mirroring the journey that you will be learning to facilitate for the girls.  This means that two processes will go on simultaneously during the training: in the mornings you will experience a session of Girls Journeying Together group as an 11 year old girl; and in the afternoons there will be processing, teaching, and experiential exercises to support your own individual process as a professional adult woman working with girls of this age.

In addition to the three residential training modules you will have individual coaching with either Helena or Kim and you will be allocated a peer group for support throughout the training.  After the final residential (about 9 months into the course) you will also receive monthly on-line coaching in small groups with Kim or Helena to support you in facilitating your own Girls Journeying Together group.

There will be written and practical assignments to complete in between all three training modules (2000-2500 words) and a final qualifying paper (7500-10,000 words) to complete before graduation.  Once you’re running your first group you’ll be expected to present a short monthly written paper of 1000-1500 words to track your progress and share the joys and struggles you encounter on the way.

Please note:  If you have a fear of written work, please don’t let that stop you from joining us.  We’re not demanding academic papers nor do you need a talent for writing; the written assignments are partly to help us to see how we can better support you in your progress, and partly to help ground and integrate your learning for yourself.

Terms and conditions – DOWNLOAD HERE the Terms and Conditions for GJT groups and Facilitator Training.

Why is there suddenly more demand for Girls Journeying Together groups?

Mental health concerns for girls are increasing.  Girls need our support and mothers want to give their daughters the opportunity of belonging to a Girls Journeying Together group.

Steve Biddulph has recognised the importance of the work being done by Rites for Girls in his most recent bestselling books ‘10 Things Girls Need Most’ which has a section written by Kim and ‘Raising Girls’.  Kim’s talks and her book ‘From Daughter to Woman, parenting girls safely through their teens’ is also increasing awareness of the need for the support that Girls Journeying Together provides.  We are receiving requests from all over the world for Girls Journeying Together groups so we need more facilitators.

What will I get from this training?

This training will change you.  It will change you as a woman and also, if you are one, as a mother.  You will become the woman that the twelve-year-old-you needed.

You will learn how to facilitate small groups of pre-teen girls, meeting monthly for a year, as they practice being true to themselves, learn about puberty, share their hopes and fears, and help each other into their teens.

This work is preventative, keeping girls free of many of the mental health issues that are so prevalent amongst teens today.  You can guide girls through adolescence, reducing some of the pressures and helping them to emerge into adulthood as strong, sure, capable young women.

This professional training is an investment in your career.  Provided you meet the course requirements you will qualify as an accredited Girls Journeying Together group facilitator.  You will then be eligible to join the Rites for Girls Association which will promote and support you to run these groups.

Running Girls Journeying Together groups provides you with really meaningful employment.  You will touch deeply the lives of the girls that you work with.