Frequently asked questions for Rites for Girls Facilitator 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 the lives of the girls that you work with.
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 book ‘10 Things Girls Need Most’ which has a section written by Kim. We are receiving requests from all over the world for Girls Journeying Together groups so we need more facilitators.
The training lasts eighteen months which includes four weeks of residential group training, individual support, peer groups, written work, and supervised practical experience. Each residential module will cover topics directly related to the Rites for Girls program 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 four residential training modules you will be given three individual coaching sessions with either Helena or Kim (face-to-face if possible, otherwise Skype/telephone). You will be allocated a peer group for support throughout the year. After the third residential (about 6 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 groups.
There will be written and practical assignments to complete in between all four training modules and a final qualifying paper (2000-2500 words) to complete before graduation. You will receive written feedback on your assignments. 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.
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.
Kim developed Girls Journeying Together groups alongside home-educating three children. This work balances really well with raising a family or other commitments. If you do have children it helps you become a better informed parent, and all you need is someone who can look after them for three hours on the days that you run the group. Everything else, the admin and planning, can easily fit around family life.
Six months after you start the Rites for Girls Facilitator Training programme you may be able to begin running your first group, with us providing close supervision. On completion of all the training requirements and when you finish running your first group you will become an accredited Rites for Girls facilitator qualified to run Girls Journeying Together groups.
We’ll give you all the training, materials, and support you need to run your first group. We’ll help you publicise it and set it up. We’ll give you mini-group supervision every month. We want you to have everything you need to be able enjoy this work and we’re committed to making sure that everyone in a Girls Journeying Together group has a top quality experience.
That’s fine, there’s no hurry. You can start when you’re ready. You’ll still participate in the group supervisions and learn from your peers who do start running their own groups.
Once you’re accredited you can charge £25 per girl per month, so with a group of 12 girls that’s £300 per month or £3,600 per annum per group. If you ran six groups a month you would earn £21,600pa.
We also want to reach girls from less affluent families and we’re aware that some of you will want to offer girls’ groups to less advantaged girls so there’s a bursary fund set up to subsidise their membership of your groups.
Initially, when you run your first supervised group as part of your training, we suggest a maximum of ten girls charging them no more than £20 each, potentially earning you £2,400pa.
Aside from your investment in your training there are very few other costs in establishing yourself as a Girls Journeying Together facilitator.
Founder members will have a special starter fee of £60 for the year. Normal membership fees will be £120 per annum to cover website administration to promote your Girls Journeying Together groups and membership of the BACP.
In addition you will be asked for the small fee of £15 per month for each group you run. Your fee will be used to develop the work of the Rites for Girls Association and create a bursary fund for less privileged girls. We are not driven by financial ambition; our mission is to widen our reach and bring the benefits of our groups to more girls.
Although not ideal, in exceptional cases you could make up what you miss by paying for individual tutorials.
Absolutely. As soon as women attend one of our training taster days they understand why this is necessary. The training is intense and covers a lot in a short space of time. You will need to revisit your own pre-teen years in addition to learning how to deliver the Girls Journeying Together programme. The girls’ groups are different every time, so you will need to acquire the skills to be responsive to the needs of each group of girls and have many tools at your disposal so you can adapt to what they bring to each month’s meeting.
Engaging in the dual process that this training requires will be demanding but rewarding work. Facilitating a Girls Journeying Together group can seem deceptively simple to the untrained and inexperienced. In reality, this simple appearance is rooted in a complexity of psychotherapeutic skills and personal psychological competences — hence the length and the format of this training. Just as the girls attending the groups experience themselves changed by the end of the year, so you also will experience yourself and each other differently by the end of this training. Expect to emerge as the women the young girl inside you was waiting for!
We appreciate that this professional training requires significant commitment from you in time and money. We’re dedicated to ensuring every Rites for Girls facilitator is capable of providing a high quality of delivery for her girls. Working at this level with adolescent girls requires in-depth training and we strongly encourage you to come along to a training taster day to help you appreciate what is involved.
We want to make this as accessible as possible so we have designed the course to enable you to begin earning halfway through your training. You have the potential to have earned back the training fees in a couple of years. If you feel called to this work then be creative in finding a way to finance your dream.
We encourage you to use your head to follow your heart.