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Introduction to Facilitation, Cairns 2018

May 24 - July 20

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


Download “Introduction to Facilitation Brochure Cairns” pdf version

Download “Accessible Introduction to Facilitation Flyer Cairns” word document


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

Image of the presenter Catherine Allen

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

image text says: "I loved the practical tips that have come out of the discussions" image text says: "I enjoyed the whole workshop but particularly...the relevance it had to the disability sector" image text says: "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" image text says: "Catherine was very good at catering to the group's needs and very knowledgeable" image text says: "the course was very inclusive of all aspects of facilitation"

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 cru@cru.org.au by close of business Thursday 26th April, 2018.

Download the Expression of Interest form

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


May 24
July 20
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Disability Services Conference Room – CitiCentral Building
Ground floor, cnr Sheridan & Spence Streets
Cairns, QLD 4870 Australia
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