Jo Trelfa is a skilled facilitator with over 30 years experience of working with individuals, groups of all sizes and communities around capacity building and developing connection with themselves, each other and wider/other communities. Informed by a feminist standpoint, social justice and activist frameworks, she is experienced in working with complex individual, interpersonal and group dynamics and processes. Having worked in the UK in London, Birmingham, and the South West, she has also worked on long term projects in Western Asia, and shorter projects in the Caribbean and South America designing and piloting training that were subsequently rolled out in the host countries. She has facilitated training with a range of social professions, from police and solicitors, to counsellors and community leaders.
In 1999 she was appointed to bring her skills and experience to Higher Education, working on, leading and designing undergraduate programmes that professionally qualified students in youth work, community work, early years and primary education, and post-graduate qualifying programmes for Youth and Community Workers and CPD for all social professions. Her areas of specialism are teaching about the theories and practice of individual work and group facilitation; individual and group communication; conflict management, resolution and transformation; supervision; management of people and classrooms; informal and formal education with large and small groups; and professional practice.
During her career in higher education, notable highlights include Faculty Lead for Research (2010-14); Chair of University Research and Ethics Panel (2014-15), and developing research activity across the HEI (2009-2016); Chair of TAG, the national training agency group for all HEIs delivering Youth & Community Work programmes (2008-2011), approximately 250 educators at over 50 institutions, recognised by the National Youth Agency in England, Education and Standards Committee in Wales, CLD Standards Council in Scotland, and Youth Council Northern Ireland; working with a small team to enhance Trade Union education for the GFTU; and, with a colleague, designing and piloting the multimedia Connexions training for supervision that was rolled out across England and Wales in the early 2000s.
At the University of Winchester Jo is Head of Academic Professional Development, responsible for supporting staff in developing and enhancing their teaching and approaches to learning as well as leading on qualifications and recognition in that area. She is also Assistant Director of the Winchester Institute for Contemplative Education and Practice, leading on its introduction into the university.