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Introduction to Facilitation – A practical, applied course for people wanting to learn how to facilitate groups

February 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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An event every month that begins at 9:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until March 17, 2016

An event every 2 months that begins at 9:00am on day Second of the month, repeating until April 14, 2016


Do you find it hard to lead a group discussion or meeting?

Do you enjoy a conversation with one or two people but freeze up when you are put in front of a group?

Do you struggle with keeping a group focused on a task without being too bossy?

Are there people in the groups you are part of who won’t stop talking and others who don’t say anything? Or does everyone go silent and you feel you are talking too much?

Would you like to be able to assist a group of people to gain clarity about their situation and achieve what they want to?

About the Course

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The purpose of this facilitation course is to assist people to intentionally develop the necessary skills and confidence to facilitate groups that support and benefit people with disabilities. We want people to strengthen their networks by learning together and from each other.

The course is run as three full day workshops over three months.

The workdays will provide comprehensive teaching about foundational principles for facilitating groups of all types – formal work teams to informal community and support groups – where skilled facilitation can assist people to achieve their goals. The introductory course is ideal for people with minimal facilitation experience who are keen to develop their skills and increase their confidence.

Participants will be required to:

  • Attend three full day workshops (one month apart)
  • Have an opportunity to facilitate a group of 3+ people between each of the work days
    Complete pre-course readings and reflections as well as take home tasks

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About the presenter               

Picture of Catherine Allen, Presenter of this workshop

Catherine Allen is a highly experienced and effective facilitator and coach of leadership development programs with a  strong commitment to people experiencing being empowered in their work environments and developing their own leadership abilities.

Her communication skills and her direct, authentic approach enable her to generate strong commitment and behavioural change with leaders at all levels.

Catherine has a post graduate diploma in Organisational Psychology and is a member of the International Association of Facilitators.




  • Essential facilitation principles
  • Self as facilitator
  • Stages of group development
  • Group roles
  • Preparation for facilitation
  • Basics on how to conduct a facilitated session

Who should attend?

People working or involved with people with disability:

  • who have minimal facilitation experience
  • who are keen to develop facilitation skills & confidence
  • who are currently working with a group and/or have the opportunity to put course learning into practice
  • e.g. community organisers, team leaders, circle facilitators, keyworkers, support group leaders, family members wanting to facilitate visioning conversations with friends & supporters

How do I apply?

As there are a limited number of places at the event, an Expression of Interest process will be used to allocate available places. Expression of Interest forms are to be returned to CRU by close of business Monday 25th January.

Course numbers will be strictly limited to allow optimal involvement of all participants

Cost: The registration fee will be $500 per person. The rate for workers not employed by an organisation will be $350; and the rate for people with disability and family members will be $250.

Feedback from previous courses

“I appreciate having all of this information & techniques shared with me to promote better relationships in all areas of my work and my life and others who walk beside me along the way”

“Catherine was very good at catering to the group’s needs and very knowledgeable”

“I loved the practical tips that have come out of the discussions”

“The course was very inclusive of all aspects of facilitation”

“I enjoyed the whole workshop but particularly … the relevance it had to the disability sector”


February 17, 2016
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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07 3844 2211


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South Brisbane, Queensland 4101
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