Introduction to Facilitation, Cairns 2018
May 24 - July 27
3 workdays, over a 2 month period.
1.5 days in May and 1.5 days in July
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 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 2 x 1.5 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
To facilitate means ‘to make easy’
The group facilitator’s job is to make it easier for the group to do its work. By providing non-directive leadership, the facilitator helps the group arrive at the understanding and decision that are its task. The facilitator’s focus is on the group and its work.
The role is one of assistance & guidance, not of control
About the Presenter
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.
Catherine will be assisted by CRU’s Senior Consultant, Lisa Bridle
- Essential facilitation principles
- Self as facilitator
- Stages of group development
- Group roles
- Preparation for facilitation
- Basics on how to conduct a facilitated session
- Disability sector specific considerations
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 available to download and must be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Thursday 26th April, 2018.
Course numbers will be strictly limited to allow optimal involvement of all participants