XCOA-903 Facilitating in the 21st Century

School of Continuing Studies

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  • 3 days
  • in person

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School of Continuing Studies

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About the course

Groups, teams and communities in the 21st century are often composed of individuals from a vast array of ethnic, religious, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, bringing diverse perspectives on the world. How does a skilled facilitator engage effectively with diverse groups? How does the facilitator's own perspective and beliefs contribute to the dynamics of the group's shared work? How can facilitators cultivate the self-awareness and cultural sensitivity necessary to help groups do good work with respect, sensitivity and compassion? The fourth and final course of the facilitation program will focus on understanding and cultivating the skills and sensitivities needed to facilitate in today's diverse and complex world. Participants will learn to make facilitation choices that take into account the diversity of their audience.

This final course of the facilitation program is also a capstone experience - an opportunity to create space for the participants to bring all aspects of their learning to a crescendo. It will provide participants with the opportunity to integrate fully what they have learned and develop a clear declaration about what they offer others as a facilitator in the future. The course concludes with a practicum experience during which participants present their design work and receive feedback on their presentation and presence as a facilitator.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Respectfully name and surface complex and sensitive interpersonal dynamics
  • Navigate the cultural diversity and human dynamcis in the groups they facilitate
  • Identify hidden biases and cultural assumptions, and address them
  • Evaluate and navigate blind spots
  • Understand their own hidden biases and assumptions, and how that affects their facilitation
  • Confidently facilitate difficult, emotional situations
  • Gauge a group in real time to allow for a relevant closing session to emerge

Experts

Maya Bernstein

Maya Bernstein has facilitated inspiring and impactful leadership initiatives in nonprofit and educational settings for over 15 years. She believes in the power of individuals and groups adapt, and to creatively respond to challenges and opportunities they face in their work. She draws on her exp...

Rae Ringel

She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and was recognized in 2013 by the International Coaching Federation for excellence in the field. Rae is in high demand as an innovator in the areas of coaching, facilitation and training across sectors....

Kim Weinberg

Kim Mensh Weinberg has over twenty-five years of experience in executive coaching, group facilitation, leadership development, and organizational consulting. She is adept at navigating individuals and teams through significant challenges, exploration, and growth. Kim has been a trusted partner w...

XCOA-903 Facilitating in the 21st Century at School of Continuing Studies

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