Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills - Level 1
Upcoming Level 1 Curriculum dates and locations:
Location: Saco City Hall, 300 Main Street, Saco, Maine
Dates/Times: Thursday evenings, April 17 , May 1, 15, 29, June 12 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Make-up date, if needed: June 19
Training series fee: $120
A light meal will be served.
For more information and/or to be added to the notification list, please contact the instructor, Kristen Grant, at email@example.com or 207.646.1555 x115.
Facilitation skills are not routinely learned and practiced. If you have ever been in a role that you wished you had more skills or practice for, then Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1 is for you.
Fun, creative, and thought provoking, the SYFS, Level 1 Curriculum is a dynamic and comprehensive five-Lesson facilitation Training Series full of activities, “lecturettes” and potential aha! moments.
This training series is designed to help you…
- build stronger dynamic groups
- run more effective meetings
- have increased confidence
- practice techniques you can use
- increase your awareness of what & who makes your group work
As a team member or chair, we are expected to produce results in collaboration with others. This is not always easy, and the skills of facilitation are not routinely learned or practiced to be effective in our work.
What is facilitation?
It is the design and management of structures and processes that help a group do its work and minimize the common problems people have working together.
Facilitation is therefore a neutral process (with respect to the content and participants) that may focus on:
- what needs to be accomplished
- task design, flow and sequence
- communication patterns
- appropriate levels of participation
- group energy, momentum and capability
- the physical and psychological environment
By participating in Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1, you will:
- Learn facilitation skills identified by you and other participants
- Observe facilitation challenges, such as constant change, competing priorities, changing team members, limited time and carefully guarded resources;
- Practice skills in an experiential setting and receive feedback in a safe environment;
- Complete a self-assessment;
- Receive a resource notebook; and
- Commit to building the capacity of your community by donating three hours of facilitation time to a group of your choice.
The objectives for the SYFS, Level 1 Training Series are for participants to
- Learn core facilitation competencies
- Observe facilitation challenges such as constant change, competing priorities, changing team members, limited time and carefully guarded resources
- Practice skills in an experiential setting and receive feedback in a safe environment
- Commit time to build community capacity by volunteering facilitation skills to a community group or organization
Day 1: The Basics
- An introduction to facilitation
- Core values of facilitation
- Working agreements
- Thinking & learning styles
- Decision making options
Day 2: Facilitating for Success
- Role of working agreements
- Stages of group development
- Core facilitation beliefs and practices
- Behaviors that hinder and help groups
- Balancing relationships and tasks
- Developing a meeting design
Day 3: Facilitating in Action
- Achieving desired outcomes
- Generating, narrowing ideas and action planning
- Identifying core facilitation practices
- Recognizing and redirecting difficult group situations
- Assessing facilitation strengths and weaknesses
Day 4: Facilitation Challenges & Opportunities
- Implications of assigned work for groups
- Using the Left-Hand Column
- Making interventions using The Diagnosis-Intervention Cycle
Day 5: Facilitating in the Wider World
- More decision making options
- Clarifying Circle consulting method
- When to use outside facilitators
- Time donation contracting and evaluation
During the training, participants list questions they would like to have answered by the end of the series. In the last session, they work in small groups
and are able to develop answers to the group’s questions. Learn what participants have been asking — and are able to answer at the end of the series.
The SYFS, Level 1 Training Series is based on foundational facilitator competencies developed by the International Association of Facilitators. The majority of the training focuses in three competency areas
- Creating an environment of participation
- Guiding the group process and
- Encouraging creative thinking
The framework within which the SYFS, Level 1 Curriculum was developed from Best Facilitation Practices. The overall format of the Curriculum embraces a solid adult education model where learning unfolds progressively, sequentially and experientially. The Curriculum allows for this to happen in the course of the each Lesson and, more complexly, continuing through several weeks of learning before the Training Series is complete.
Meet the Instructor
The Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills (SYFS), Level 1 Training Series was initially developed in 2001 by Extension Professionals Jane Haskell and Louise Franck Cyr. Beginning in 2006, Haskell and Franck Cyr along with Gabe McPhail, developed the SYFS Training Series into the National Curriculum, Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1, which is now taught around the country. Kristen Grant, Extension Professional with Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension, has been trained by Haskell in Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills Level 1 and will instruct this series.
As an educator focusing on community-based program development, Kristen has worked with youth and adults for over 20 years. Kristen holds a Master of Science degree as well as a Certificate of Graduate Study in Community Planning and Development. Her experiences include working with a women’s cooperative in Guatemala to teach women and girls practical skills for achieving self-sufficiency. She has also worked extensively to involve students and volunteers in community-based environmental monitoring programs that provide data to guide land management decisions. And as an Extension Professional with Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Extension since 1999, she has worked to build the capacity of coastal communities in Southern Maine to plan and adapt for their future. In order for these community initiatives to be successful, engaging local citizens is critical – but rarely simple. Working effectively with groups of people who have a common goal is the first step in this process. And skilled facilitators are needed to move this process forward in our communities. With the intent of helping people to build these skills, Kristen is now instructing the Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills Level 1 training series in Southern Maine.
If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Kristen Grant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.646.1555 x115, to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered. For assistance via a TTY line call 1.800.287.8957.