Monday, November 18, 2019
9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Are you leading a staff, group, committee or board—any meeting that calls for a group to make decisions in the best way possible? Your skills as a counsellor, therapist or clinician might come in handy. But experience has shown that effective facilitation skills will get you through the process, challenges and roadblocks, and strongly increase the likelihood of successful outcomes when working with a group.
Facilitation requires a combination of art (experience, intuition and practice) and science (theory, frameworks and techniques) to be successful. In this workshop, you will learn about group dynamics, adult learning principles, managing meetings, team building, conflict resolution and managing diversity. You will learn how to empower people to participate, and enable the exchange of information and diverse perspectives, so that your group can reach high-quality decisions and viable solutions.
With the trend towards increased engagement in planning, collaboration and problem-solving by staff, clients, partners and communities, the skill set of a facilitator as a combination catalyst, coach and guide is much in demand.
Ruth Armstrong is one of Ontario’s most sought-after consultants for the not-for-profit sector. She will model effective and sensitive facilitation skills throughout the day. This workshop will give you the skills and tools to improve your facilitation of teams, meetings and focus groups.
This workshop is for those who—
- Lead groups/teams in problem-solving, decision-making and collaborations
- Want to have more productive and engaged meetings
- Want to expand their facilitation toolkit and skills
Note: This session does not address facilitation of clinical or therapeutic groups.
You Will Learn:
- About the roles and responsibilities of a facilitator to improve the problem-solving, decision-making and collaborative results of a group
- About the stages of facilitation – from planning to follow-up; including conducting meetings
- What it takes to make facilitation “fly”
- Strategies and techniques for promoting engagement and dealing with facilitation dilemmas
The workshop will cover facilitation processes, tools and techniques to—
- Improve problem-solving, decision-making and collaborations by focusing on group dynamics
- Design and manage meetings that empower people to participate effectively
- Address facilitator issues and dilemmas such as conflict management, power differentials and different agendas
- Develop a group’s adaptive capacity by embracing diversity