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Facili-nightmares!

Facili-nightmares keep you awake? You are ready to facilitate, you’ve created a great agenda and prepped your materials. Then you stop and wonder, “What if no one participates?, What if someone creates an unsafe space or says something inappropriate? What if participants starts arguing with each other? What if they ask you something that you don’t have an answer to? Challenging certain group behaviours can...

Group Problem Solving

Being able to come to an equitable decision as efficiently as possible is important for the functioning of any group. Therefore, it is important to take into account the needs and opinions of every group member when solving problems and addressing issues. Following is one basic problem solving model among hundreds. Identify issue, problem, goal, or decision to be made. Analysis Examine the data and resources that you have...

Roles in Stages of Group Development

forming ⇒ storming ⇒ norming ⇒ performing ⇒ adjourning Forming Individual Group Facilitator cautiously optimistic getting acquainted becoming oriented needing direction looking for acceptance   no commitment looking for ways to develop a positive environment   focus on building group   Facilitator Responsibilities give direction set climate clarify roles & expectations define peer support provide structure...

Group Guidelines and Goals

Group guidelines are designed to hold the group together. When a guideline doesn’t seem to be working, ask: Does everyone understand the meaning of the guideline? Does everyone know what to do in order to uphold the guideline? Is everyone willing to agree to the guideline? Does anyone have any ideas on how to improve or adapt the guideline to better meet the needs of the group and its members? Common categories for...

Setting Healthy Boundaries

Adapted from “Setting Healthy Boundaries”, Langley Seniors Centre, 2004     Healthy: helping to maintain or bring about good health; in a prosperous and efficient condition. Boundary: the point at which something ends or beyond which it becomes something else.   Healthy boundaries help make relationships last, especially when you as a volunteer are working with other community members. Clear boundaries can...

Qualities of Effective Facilitators

The values described below are often considered essential for individuals involved with group learning and with facilitating the learning process. Respect Recognize each individual and his / her right to be heard Believe in everyone’s ability to grow and change Value and acknowledge each person’s strengths Encourage the full expression of ideas Honour everyone’s right to make choices Value each...

Facilitators’ Role

Each group member is the expert of his or her own experience. The main goal of a facilitator is to draw out knowledge and insight from other group members. A facilitator will use different skills, tools, exercises and natural abilities to keep a group discussion moving smoothly. In general, facilitators have three responsibilities: to make sure that everyone has a chance to have their ideas and feelings expressed to keep the...

Teambuilding

Increase the cohesiveness and effectiveness of your group by applying peer support principals: sharing power, learning from each other and valuing others’ experiences. Download article as...

Safety & Boundaries for Group Facilitators

Facilitators learn how to create safe places and clear boundaries for themselves and group members. Look at how to provide support while maintaining healthy relationships. Download article as...

Group Development

Explore Tuckmann’s five stages of group development and learn how group dynamics change in the different developmental stages. Participants also explore how the ebb and flow of new members, new ideas and transitions impact group dynamics. Download article as...