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Courses: Creative Facilitation


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In recent years, Partners has been running one or two Creative Facilitation courses each year responding to requests from facilitators who want to learn about the Partners Training for Transformation approach to facilitation. The course is intended for those who are experienced facilitators and want to work in more creative ways or for anyone in a management or facilitative roles who wish to enhance their work.





  

 

 

Content

The content of the workshop can be organised under four headings:

Theory

  • Understanding facilitation.
  • Understanding what is happening in a group.
  • Theories and frameworks.
  • Different models and approaches.

Skills

  • Facilitation techniques.
  • Developing flexibility in reading and responding to different situations.
  • Using resources, materials, inputs and exercises.

Exploring experience

  • Reflecting on experiences of doing facilitation.
  • Analysing problematic situations.
  • Analysing successes.

Self

  • Reflecting on the inner experience of facilitating.
  • Identifying personal styles.
  • Reflecting on values and ethos in facilitation.
  • Developing personal resourcefulness.

Each of these elements and the interplay between them is essential to good facilitation.

The content of what we do on the course is negotiated with the participants so that it is relevant and pertinent to their needs and context. It is also informed by the experience of the course facilitators. Among the themes and issues chosen by previous groups are: designing learning events and resource material for use in adult guidance, understanding key elements in group dynamics and development, decision-making (individual and group), facilitator styles, understanding and managing change and transition, creative processes, power issues, managing conflict, promoting participation and inclusion, supporting and nourishing the self.

Process

In terms of process we are mindful of three things. We like to facilitate a high level of participation, we recognise that participants will have a variety of different experiences and we are also aware that there will be a diversity of personal learning styles within the group. We draw from a wide range of methods and resources. These include case studies, personal reflection, structured exercises, role play, reading, group discussion, design work, questionnaires, drama, art, movement etc. There is an emphasis on participants drawing on and sharing their own experience and working on real-life cases and scenarios.

Who is the Course for?

Creative Facilitation is for those who practice facilitation in settings related to social justice and equality. It is not just for those who facilitate learning groups. It is also for those who wish to work facilitatively in a variety of leadership roles.

How is the Course organised?

The course is usually organised as two two-day blocks a month apart and is often held at the Partners office in Dublin, however, Partners can hold the course in a local area in a venue to suit the group.

Course Brochure

Click on the cover page to download the brochure.

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Participant's comments

quoteI liked the sheer practicality of it, working on real stuff that people brought in, trying to figure things out, not just pat answers.

quoteMy own style...I found that helpful, that we all have our own way of working and can develop that and learn from others.

quoteThe space to think and reflect on stuff I've done in a systematic way, not just what did I do well or badly but to see patterns, to see with a bit of depth.

quoteI've three things I'm going to use in a group next week. I'm happy.

quoteIt was an enormously beneficial experience. Our five minute chat about some of my own work was, believe it or not, hugely influential in helping me to see the wood from the trees.

quoteI just feel more confident. It's not that I'm doing piles of new things. I just trust the groups more.