Depth facilitation

30th May to the 2nd June, Cape Town, Cape Town

25th to the 28th July 2017, Prince Albert

Course cost: R7410 including VAT, but excluding travel and accommodation.

Course introduction
This course is designed to introduce participants to the field of facilitation providing a framework for understanding the role, metaskills, skills and tasks of a facilitator in organisational settings. It offers a framework for understanding individual and group behaviour from the perspectives offered by the range of theoretical schools within the field of clinical psychology, particularly focusing on the difference between above-the-surface and below-the-surface origins of human behaviour. As such, it introduces the context and territory in which a facilitator operates. The student is required to develop a solid and rigorous theoretical foundation from which to begin work as a facilitator. The student is equipped with the basic skills required to run group processes, particularly concentrating on helping a group to achieve its agreed upon tasks.

Course outcomes
By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of facilitation in organisational processes
  2. Identify the main theoretical perspectives out of which facilitation has emerged
  3. Understand the main tasks of a facilitator
  4. Insure that groups achieve their objectives during meetings, workshops or other group sessions
  5. Understand and apply the differences between the roles of a facilitator, a leader, a chairperson and a participant
  6. Understand the basic frameworks underlying the various schools of clinical and organisational psychology and how to use variables of each to manage human behaviour
  7. Understand the main differences between individual and group behaviour
  8. Practise techniques for managing your own psychological responses to facilitation situations
  9. Begin to develop the metaskills required to facilitate effectively
  10. Develop your communication skills with a particular emphasis on the ability to listen and use appropriate verbal skills.
  11. Apply basic facilitation skills
  12. Use a range of facilitation aids
  13. Understand how to document a facilitated session

Course topics
The following topics will be covered on the course:

  • What is facilitation?
    • The role of the facilitator
    • Definition of the facilitator
    • Types of facilitation and worldviews
    • Different methodologies
  • The main facilitation tasks and activities of a facilitator
  • Introduction to the schools of psychology and the development of a psychological framework
  • The psychology of facilitation
  • Inner work as a facilitator
    • Mapping your own psyche
    • Managing your own defences, complexes and inner critic
  • The metaskills and ethics of a facilitator
  • Communication skills of a facilitator
  • Facilitation techniques
    • Containment
    • Managing boundaries and structure
    • Setting and achieving agendas and objectives
    • Managing participation
    • Managing time