• Ross Mengel

The Benefits of Group Outplacement Workshops



In the context of career transition and retrenchment support, the benefits of group outplacement workshops and programmes are many and closely related to those of group therapy. These have been identified by Kendra Cherry in her article “What is group therapy?” on www.verywellmind.com, published in July 2021, where she summarises them as follows:

  • “Group therapy allows people to receive the support and encouragement of the other members of the group

  • People participating in the group can see that others are going through the same thing, which can help them feel less alone.

  • Group members can serve as role models for other members of the group

  • By observing someone successfully coping with a problem, other members of the group can see that there is hope for recovery. As each person progresses, they can, in turn, serve as a role model and support figure for others. This can help foster feelings of success and accomplishment.

  • Group therapy is often very affordable

  • Instead of focusing on just one client at a time, the therapist can devote their time to a much larger group of people which reduces the cost [per participant].

  • Group therapy offers a safe haven

  • The setting allows people to practice behaviours and actions within the safety and security of the group.

  • By working in a group, the therapist can see first-hand how each person responds to other people and behaves in social situations

  • Using this information, the therapist can provide valuable feedback to each client.”

Our group outplacement workshops are designed to address key career transition-related topics through individual, group and round robin exercises. Combining these with regular 1:1 meetings provides participants with a tailor-made programme, covering all aspects of job search, whilst focused on their personal circumstances and priorities.


All participants in our group programmes receive:

  • Participation in a series of outplacement workshops aimed to address key topics

  • Regular 1:1 online meetings with the same outplacement consultant throughout the programme, focused on their personal requirements

  • A Discus Behavioural Assessment, which includes an online review and discussion with their Outplacement Consultant who is also Discus trained, as part of their self-assessment phase

  • A copy of "A Bend in the Road - A Guide to Career Transition” – by Derek Mengel & Ross Mengel, updated in 2020

  • Ongoing email and telephonic support, as and when required

To find out what else our group outplacement workshops entail, contact us by visiting https://www.dma-group.co.za/outplacement or email info@dma-group.co.za and we will get back to you within a few hours.

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