Group Facilitation Methods (GFM) Course

The Group Facilitation Methods course is the foundation course in the Technology of Participation (ToP®) series. Advanced courses include the Participatory Strategic Planning, Secrets of Implementation and Training of Trainers.

During the two-day course the participants will learn
3 Methods from the Technology of Participation (ToP®) series, developed by ICA:

During the two-day course the participants will learn 3 Methods from the Technology of Participation (ToP®) series, developed by ICA:

1.The Focused Conversation Method

  • Conduct productive discussions
  • Capture the wisdom of the group
  • Face new decisions and solutions
  • Stimulate feedback

This Focused Conversation Method demonstrates and applies a structure for effective communication that allows everyone in the group to participate. The method results in clear ideas and conclusions, broadens perspectives, and enables a group to gain valuable insight from their experiences. Practical applications include analysing trends and current situations, helping a group talk through "sticky" issues, and clarifying values within community and workplace settings.

2. The Consensus Workshop Method

  • Channel and guide participant input
  • Integrate diverse and creative ideas
  • Build an informed group consensus
  • Develop purposeful, workable solutions

This Workshop Method teaches skills, which enable a group or team facilitator to weave everyone's wisdom into a practical plan. Participants learn a five-step process that collects information from the group, organises the information into meaningful groupings and creates a collaborative point of consensus, resolution, and product. This method revives creativity, integrates both rational and intuitive approaches to group problem solving, and builds a collective team consensus.

3. The Action Planning Process

  • Visualise the completed task
  • Analyse the current situation
  • Maximise individual and group involvement
  • Develop an action timeline

This Action Planning Process teaches a method, which promotes the successful launch of a project. Participants learn to focus the group's attention and energy, clarify its direction, and match group resources with its task. They learn how to define what they want to achieve, how to evaluate their needs, decide on their implementing actions, build a timeline and designate leadership roles. The method is excellent for planning short-term projects for completing projects that have stalled.

Group Facilitation Methods (GFM) Course is suitable for:

  • Executives, Professionals, and people actively involved in Business Sector, NGO Sector, Churches, Government and Fund-raising Agencies.
  • Field staff with no previous experience of facilitation who wishes to develop their strategic plans.
  • Existing Organisations who wish to learn new skills or deepen their knowledge in participatory facilitation skills.
  • Experienced facilitators who wish to refresh their skills and expand their knowledge.

These methods can be used in an infinite number of situations. When creatively combined and adapted, these methods serve as powerful tools for any size group to think and work together creatively and productively.

Course set up

The two-day Group Facilitation Methods course is set up in a highly participatory way. Methods will be demonstrated, talked through and practised. Participants will get a practical and comprehensive manual to take home to use these methods in their work.

Day One
Day Two
Morning
Afternoon
Morning
Afternoon

Focused Conversation Method

Consensus Workshop Method

Action Planning Process

Consensus Workshop Intensive

Opening
Introductory Conversation
Course Introduction & Overview

Focused Conversation Practice
Reflection

Focused Conversation Practice
Reflection

Consensus Workshop Practice

Preparation

Participant-Led Workshops

Individual & Group Feedback

Reflection

Focused Conversation Demonstration (ORID

  O-Objective
    R-Reflective
       I-Interpretive
         D-Decisional

Consensus Workshop Demonstration

Action Planning Demonstration

Focused Conversation Method Walkthrough
Scramble Exercise
Consensus Workshop Method Walkthrough
   
Focused Conversation Design

Reflection
Individual Workshop Practice

Reflection
Action Planning Process Walkthough

Reflection
Applications
Closing Reflection &

Evaluation

The Group Facilitation Methods course is the foundation course in the Technology of Participation (ToP®) series. Advanced courses include the Participatory Strategic Planning, Secrets of Implementation and Training of Trainers.

 


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