Introduction to Group Facilitation

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Exploring the role and skills of the facilitator (1 day)

“Your facilitation training really was excellent – it put the ‘science’ into something that can be quite hard to navigate and subject sometimes to the whims of who attends!”

Katie Allan, Senior Editorial Officer at Care Quality Commission

Who this course is for

This course is for anyone who wants to be able to facilitate groups more effectively.  Team leaders and managers within organisations, youth and community workers, and those working with partners and external stakeholders will find the course particularly useful.

This is an entry-level group facilitation course and has no pre-requisite. It is recommended as a first course for newcomers to facilitation or for those with some prior experience of facilitation who want to gain formal training. It also provides an invaluable foundation for further training and development in facilitation and is an insightful introduction to our other Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation courses.

Questions this course answers

“How can I improve my meetings? How can I enable greater participation in decision-making? What is facilitation, really? How can I best build on what I already know, and what skills I already have?”

A facilitator needs to be able to design events, knowing which methods to use for what purpose, and how to use them. However, there is a range of skills that he or she needs to bring into play before, during and after an event, to ensure that the approach used is effective.

This course provides an introduction to the practice of facilitation. It introduces key facilitation skills, their uses and practical considerations. It offers an opportunity for participants to develop and practice some of these skills in a supportive, learning environment. It provides an invaluable foundation for further training and development in our approach, and indeed any approach, to facilitation.

What you will gain

By the end of the course, you will have

  • reached a basic understanding of what it means to facilitate
  • explored & developed some key facilitation skills
  • built your confidence as a facilitator
  • built links with others to promote future collaboration and support as a facilitator

The course covers the following topics:

  • facilitation, and the breadth of the role of the facilitator
  • key facilitation skills, including – listening, questioning, recording, planning & preparation, personal styles
  • group dynamics, dealing with challenges in a group

Learning style

The course uses a combination of short, interactive presentations, practical exercises and supported facilitation skills practice with guided reflection & feedback.

What do participants say about this course?

88% of IGF participants rated this course 8/10 or higher. Comments from participants’ end-of-course evaluations included:

  • an excellent foundation course in facilitation, teaching the basics and exploring some issues using role play
  • a very good introduction to facilitation – well organised with good contents
  • a great way to gain a thoughtful and meaningful insight into facilitation

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