CD101 Spring2019: Working With Community Groups

  • Teacher: Brenda Herchmer
  • Released: 2018-06-22
  • Price: $ 50.00
Free for members


badge cd 1Groups have, and will continue to be, a part of our lives. As such, working with community groups will be a key responsibility for any practitioner working in a community development capacity. In an increasingly complex society, groups will also be crucial for finding the meaning and sense of community that many are seeking. This session will assist practitioners to work effectively with community organizations by sharing characteristics and conditions for group success, measures of effective groups, and specific tools, techniques, and resources.

 Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session participants will be able to:

  • explain groups and their role and importance in the community
  • describe types, characteristics, and measures of effective groups
  • explain different motivations for joining groups describe conditions for group success
  • explain the stages in group development
  • apply techniques for dealing with problem behaviour in a group setting
  • apply key tools

Table of Contents

Course Overview: What You Need To Know
CD101: Working with Community Groups


Plan Name Price
Unlimited: $ 50.00


Brenda Herchmer

Brenda Herchmer is a passionate community builder with an eclectic background in government, community, academic, and business settings. The owner and Principal Collaborator of Campus for Communities as well as a consulting firm called Grassroots Enterprises, her primary focus is simplifying complex change for aspiring community leaders through the provision of practical coaching, speaking, tools, and training (online and on the ground).

Brenda is an avid blogger, author of three books, and was acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education. In 2016 she was also awarded the Brock University Distinguished Graduate Award for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and in 2017 was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Recently she served as the director of ACE Communities – a $6 million initiative of Alberta Recreation and Parks Association - which was responsible for facilitating planning initiatives to improve quality of life and economic development in over 60 rural Alberta communities. Many of the learnings from this initiative helped shape the Campus for Communities.

Previously Brenda has worked for the City of Niagara Falls, in non-profit settings, and was a full time professor at Niagara College where she also founded and managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership. The Centre was acknowledged by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges as an “exemplary practice in community development” and was a finalist for the prestigious national Peter F. Drucker Innovation Award.

Although Brenda and her family lived for a period in Alberta they have returned to their roots in Niagara and live and work in Welland, Ontario where they also own a board game cafe called the Leisure Loft and an online kite and kiteboarding store called Horizon Kites.

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Course Overview: What You Need To Know
CD101: Working with Community Groups
Free for members