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Qualities of Effective Facilitators

Youth Community Health Individual

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 person’s right to their own perspective

Genuineness

  • Be aware of and take responsibility for your own feelings, values, thoughts and unresolved issues, and recognize the impact these have on others
  • Be consistent between the expression of your thoughts and feelings and the way you behave or act
  • Remain open to positions that differ from your own even when those opinions differ
  • Be aware of and work within your own limits – set clear personal boundaries

Positive attitude

  • Accept each individual as valuable in his or her own right
  • Trust in the ability of each individual to discover his or her own solutions to problems
  • Recognize individual strengths and efforts to change
  • Focus on the individual, not the behaviour
  • Provide feedback that focuses on observations rather than judgments