Our Facilitator Training
Our Facilitator Training will teach you all of the skills and techniques necessary to facilitate group discussions. It is hands on and interactive and you will have a chance to practice and get feedback on the skills you have learned.
What you’ll learn:
• How to actively listen
• How manage group dialogues
• How to handle difficult participants & conflict
• How to record discussion progress
• How to create an environment of mutual respect where participants can listen to each other.
• How to lead a group from dialogue to action.
What does a facilitator do?
Our approach to facilitation is grounded in the Study Circles model, which was created for public dialogue and problem solving. Productive facilitated discussions have a facilitator who stimulates discussion while maintaining his or her own impartiality.
The facilitator’s objective is to provide directions and prompt the group in a way that encourages interaction between the group members about specific themes, ideas, or experiences. The facilitator also focuses on promoting thoughtful discussion by prompting and guiding participants to increase their ability to reflect, observe, think, and gain new understanding. Since most people focus on content, process is often silent. Our facilitators focus on the process and make sure that it is productive and respectful, leaving the concentration on content to the group.
What is Dialogue?
A dialogue is a process which enables people from all walks of life to talk about some of the major issues and realities that affect them deeply.
A dialogue is a facilitated group discussion created for the face-to-face exchange of personal stories, values, and perspectives regarding how one is and has been affected by a particular topic such as racism, violence, lack of community, police-community relations, immigration, etc. A typical dialogue begins with planning and organizing, followed by a series of facilitated, group dialogues. In these dialogues, people talk and work together to find solutions to public, organizational or neighborhood issues. The core of this approach is a five-step dialogue-to-action model, which guides the group from brainstorming and idea-gathering to concrete action steps. Because of its roots in community organizing, it is, by its very design, outcome-oriented. A central aspect of this approach is that participants take “ownership” of the dialogue and its resulting actions.
A typical dialogue lasts approximately 2 hours for each session and can have multiple sessions.
Fee Schedule Training
We offer an 8 hour and a12 hour facilitation training for $200/hour.
The training will teach you key facilitation skills, how to work with a group, and facilitate a group dialogue. The 8 hour training does not include coached practice dialogues, while the 12 hours give you the participants the opportunity to facilitate ‘mock dialogues’ and be coached by the trainer.
You need to take the 12 hours in order to become certified. We allow a maximum of 16 participants for each training.
Non-profit & community organizations For-profit agencies and businesses
• $100 consultation, preparation and debrief
• $150 per hour of dialogue • $150 consultation preparation and debrief
• $250 per hour of dialogue
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