Monday, October 19, 2009

Facilitation - 13th & 14th October 2009

"The training had a good balance of theory and practise! The case studies about resistance generated a high dynamic of energy. Facilitation is not easy. However, I am very much motivated to apply the methods in my work."During a two-day training in facilitation staff from ICCO and Theatre Embassy got acquainted with theories, methods and practical case studies in facilitation. During the first day much time was used for learning facilitation methods. Most of the methods are based on the Technology of Participation methods, which have been developed in social community work in the USA. On the second day participants practised with the brainstorm workshop, the basic conversation method and an intervision tool (hot/ cold questions). In the afternoon cases were practised on how to deal with resistance. Role plays were rehearsed were the facilitator got into a situation, where the expectations from the participants were totally different from the program outline presented. "Facilitation is a challenging job", commented one of the participants afterwards. "But is has gained me deeper insight in the different group dynamics and expectations."
The training was conducted by Simon Koolwijk. He is certified professional facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators.

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