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Facilitators’ Role

Youth Community Health Individual Group

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 discussion moving in a direction that produces a product without rushing the group (this product may be a decision, a plan, a proposal, or a brainstorm)
  • to maintain a safe and respectful group environment where the group has taken ownership of what safety and respect mean to them.

In a group that is being facilitated well, each group member:

  • is the expert of his or her own experience
  • is equal to all the other group participants and the facilitator

A well-facilitated group creates a wonderful flow of ideas and experiences amongst all of the group members.