Saturday, January 9, 2010

Facilitation methods 6 - 7 January 2010

"The practical exercises were very useful", "Wow, we had a lot of exercises and received feedback", "we learned a structure on how to do facilitation", "the role plays about resistance were very challenging".

Staff from ICCO, and Young professionals from Togetthere and one advisor from 'Mensen met een Missie' participated in the training facilitation methods on the 6th and 7th January 2010. On the first day, the training was focused at learning methods and getting acquainted with the theoretical principles of facilitation. Participants went through the steps on how to do a basic conversation (the conversation method) and on how to lead a brainstorm workshop. Both methods are part of the Technology of Participation. These methods have been developed in social ecumenical work in the '50s and '60s by the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA. On the second day the nine participants practised with these basic methods. One team modified the brainstorm workshop method, and asked the group to vizualize the future regional office of ICCO through the metafore of a garden. In the afternoon participants delt with resistance issues during two role plays. How to deal with situations, which you had not expected as a facilitator? It brought a lot of new lessons for the group.
"After 6 months I will still remember and visualize some of the scenes during this training", expressed one of the participants. "It will be very useful for my future work".


For more literature about facilitation you can read the IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation and the Skilled Facilitator. Simon Koolwijk is a Certified Professional Facilitator through the International Association of Facilitators.

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