Small Group Role Consultation – A Resource in Recessionary Times

Role Consultation is a service that GAP has offered for a number of years and many practitioners have availed and benefitted from its use.  It takes place in individual or small group sessions on a four-to-six week basis.

It provides a safe and confidential space where participants can reflect on their work role experience and explore ways of responding to challenges and seek continuous development.

The GAP model of role consultation draws on the Tavistock Tradition of Group Relations and Organisation Development and Group Analysis.  It pays attention to unconscious as well as conscious processes. It helps role holders to understand and attach meaning to the complex realities of organisation functioning and performance.

In the reflective space, role holders can develop a deeper understanding of themselves in role, their role in relation to other roles, and in relation to the primary purpose of their organisation.  In our current economic and work environment GAP believes that Role Consultation is more important than ever.

It is for this reason that we are committed to exploring new ways of making it available and affordable.  We have designed two models using small role consultation groups:


    The first group is a small group of three practitioners, from different organisation or work settings,
    and will meet monthly for 2.5 hours.

    Individual members benefit from having access to other organisation experiences; having the support of others as they reflect on their practice; have the additional resource of a GAP consultant responding and contributing to the reflective space.

    The small group model allows for costs to be more modest.
    The individual fee in this model is €75.00 per 2.5 hour session.


    The second group is a small group of five practitioners and will meet monthly for 3 hours.

    The benefits are similar in terms of support, reflection, and exploration.

    The individual fee is €60.00 per session.

Current role holders who avail of and benefit from role consultation either individually or in small groups include:

  • Managers and Co-ordinators of Organisations
  • Chief Executives
  • Heads of Service
  • Heads of Departments
  • Development Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Organisation Development Consultants
  • Training Facilitators, Co-Facilitators
  • Psychotherapists

These role holders work in, and with, a variety of organisations in the profit and not-for-profit sectors, and the private and public sectors.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from availing of role consultation, please contact Dave O'Brien or Jude Bowles in GAP on: 01-8786486, or through our contact form.