Facilitation Training

Purpose

We provide facilitator training to help people become facilitators for their own community. The purpose of such training is to strengthen the resources within a community in order to enhance their capacity to assist one another during assemblies, Chapters and small group gatherings.

Becoming your own best resources

We are committed to strengthening the resources available in communities and that includes helping them become better facilitators for their own gatherings. We believe in and wish to foster the strengthening of such resources, rather than perpetuating dependency by doing for others what they can do for themselves. That’s why we offer facilitator training, to help communities strengthen their capacity to facilitate their own business.

Rationale

Many times “professional” facilitators do not facilitate less complicated gatherings because it not cost effective. Yet communities meet frequently in local communities, areas, clusters or regions. During a large group assembly or Chapter, even with a professional facilitator present, community members are often asked to facilitate table conversations or break-out groups. Communities rely on members, with varying degrees of ability, to facilitate these events. These processes can be greatly enhanced by training members to become better facilitators.

We provide training for communities seeking to bolster their members’ skills as facilitators. The community becomes resourced with members trained in variety of practical facilitation skills. While this does not replace the need for outside professional facilitation, it adds to a community’s overall strength at those times when members are called upon to help.

Participants learn how to:
  • Facilitate conflictual interactions and their “worst nightmares”

  • Work with their own defenses and reactions to conflict

  • Facilitate dyads, small groups and table conversations at assemblies

  • Manage boundaries as a facilitator

  • Work with their facilitation “style” to maximize effectiveness

  • Develop their capacity to team with co-facilitators

 

This is a “hands-on” learning experience where practice, real-life demonstrations and role-playing are emphasized. This is not a course in “process design” or the “theory” of facilitation.

We are currently conducting advanced facilitation training workshops for communities located in Los Angeles, California and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

 

Contact us, Dr. Ted Dunn or Dr. Beth Lipsmeyer, for more information.

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