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Group facilitation

  • When group programs are facilitated well participants are able to learn faster and connect more meaningfully with new knowledge and other people.  

    Online courses

    Facilitating online workshops

    In March 2020, the sudden COVID-19 restrictions resulted in many facilitators rapidly restructuring, upskilling and realigning their facilitation approaches to enable them to be offered via a variety of online platforms. Through the process of adapting to on-line facilitation we have come to learn and practice many skills and techniques that can make the facilitation of online workshops more effective.  When facilitated well participants are able to learn faster and connect more meaningfully with each other and acquire new knowledge.

    This workshop will provide participants with skills, strategies and techniques that can:

    • enhance the online facilitation experience
    • improve participation
    • support the connection between facilitator and participants
    • build and maintain energy in a virtual group of participants.

    Date: 11 November 2021

    Time: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

    Delivery: Online via Zoom 

    Cost: $125 incl GST

    Registration: Click here to register

    About the facilitators

    Donna Anderson

    Donna has an extensive background in early childhood and holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and a Diploma of Business (Community Services and Health Management). Her diverse experiences working as a practitioner, in management roles, and teaching of Child Studies has equipped Donna with a unique understanding of child, family and professional needs within early childhood.

    Donna facilitates multiple training programs such as Let’s Read, Group Facilitation, Having difficult conversations, Reflective Practice with CCCH. She has been practicing as a Family Partnership Training facilitator since 2005 and is an accredited Family Partnership Model trainer and supervisor.

    Nathalie Martinek

    Natalie has been facilitating training in the Training & Development Team since 2015.

    Originally from Montreal, Canada, Nathalie completed her undergraduate and her PhD in developmental biology at the University of Toronto. After moving to Melbourne with her husband, in 2005, she spent several years as a Postdoctoral researcher at the Peter Mac before moving into projects with a public health and community focus at CCCH.  This shift in focus lead her to develop programs and aids that support medical and allied health professionals in their own lifelong learning and behavioural health alongside her work at CCCH in group facilitation and partnership-centred practice.

    Nathalie is interested in the power of partnerships as agents of cultural and practice change in healthcare settings that promote the fulfillment and wellbeing of all health professionals and the communities they serve. 

    Small Group Facilitation

    Our unique and enjoyable course on group facilitation provides you with access to facilitators with extensive experience in group facilitation as well as tools and techniques backed by evidence to help you make a powerful difference in any group you are facilitating.  

    Observe your facilitators model different ways of facilitating groups and have the rare opportunity to practice facilitation techniques in a safe, supportive and caring environment.

    The facilitators of this course have extensive experience in facilitating training and small group processes in a number of settings with practitioners and parents.

    In this course you will:

    • learn the skills and qualities of an effective facilitator
    • access facilitation tools and techniques that will help your participants get the most out of group learning
    • learn how to create a meaningful partnership with group participants
    • learn how to create an engaging and interactive group environment
    • learn the process of content development for planning group facilitation
    • have the opportunity to see different methods of facilitation modelled by facilitators
    • learn by practicing in a safe space, and by reflecting on your practice

    Here is what past participants have said about group facilitation

    "It has fundamentally changed my mindset and approach to small group facilitation. I have gone from viewing myself as the expert/teacher and fearing the participants to a place of quiet confidence and equality. I found the sessions so informative, easy to follow and am actually looking forward to my next opportunity to facilitate a small group as part of my work." 

    “Fantastic two days. Very worthwhile for my work and was really engaging. Fantastic models as facilitators—made it enjoyable and a safe space.”

     “As nervous as I was, the benefit of actually putting into practice was invaluable. And more so observing the others participating in the practice group.”

    “I cannot speak more highly of this experience. I was not expecting such in-depth and valuable training. [The facilitators] were so helpful, respectful and giving of themselves and their experiences as facilitators”. 

    Course outcome

    At the end of this training, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to begin working towards the design, planning and facilitation of small group training that reflects both adult learning principles and characteristics of a respectful partnership between facilitator and participant. 

    Don’t miss this opportunity to reinvigorate your group programs and generate more meaningful group interactions. 

    Dates: 15, 22 February & 1, 8, 15 March 2021 (5 days) 

    Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm and 1.30pm - 2.30pm AEDT (each day)

    Delivery: Online via Zoom 

    Cost: $780 incl GST

    Registration: Click here to register

    About the facilitator

    Paul Prichard

    Paul Prichard’s career has focused predominantly on the provision of services for individuals and families who view the service system with suspicion. He has made a significant contribution to the family support field influencing approaches to parent engagement across Australia. His work has culminated in a PhD titled Transformations in parenting: New possibilities through peer-led interventions.

    Face-to-face course

    A two-day workshop to explore small group facilitation

    Our unique and enjoyable two-day course on group facilitation provides you with access to facilitators with extensive experience in group facilitation as well as tools and techniques backed by evidence to help you make a powerful difference in any group you are facilitating.  

    Observe your facilitators model different ways of facilitating groups and have the rare opportunity to practice facilitation techniques in a safe, supportive and caring environment.

    The facilitators of this course have extensive experience in facilitating training and small group processes in a number of settings with practitioners and parents.

    In this course you will:

    • learn the skills and qualities of an effective facilitator
    • access facilitation tools and techniques that will help your participants get the most out of group learning
    • learn how to create a meaningful partnership with group participants
    • learn how to create an engaging and interactive group environment
    • learn the process of content development for planning group facilitation
    • have the opportunity to see different methods of facilitation modelled by facilitators
    • learn by practicing in a safe space, and by reflecting on your practice

    Here is what past participants have said about group facilitation

    "It has fundamentally changed my mindset and approach to small group facilitation. I have gone from viewing myself as the expert/teacher and fearing the participants to a place of quiet confidence and equality. I found the sessions so informative, easy to follow and am actually looking forward to my next opportunity to facilitate a small group as part of my work." 

    “Fantastic two days. Very worthwhile for my work and was really engaging. Fantastic models as facilitators—made it enjoyable and a safe space.”

     “As nervous as I was, the benefit of actually putting into practice was invaluable. And more so observing the others participating in the practice group.”

    “I cannot speak more highly of this experience. I was not expecting such in-depth and valuable training. [The facilitators] were so helpful, respectful and giving of themselves and their experiences as facilitators”. 

    Course outcome

    At the end of this training, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to begin working towards the design, planning and facilitation of small group training that reflects both adult learning principles and characteristics of a respectful partnership between facilitator and participant. 

    Don’t miss this opportunity to reinvigorate your group programs and generate more meaningful group interactions. 

    Cost: 

    Duration: 2 days

    Date: TBC

    Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm (each day)  

    Due to the current situation all face to face workshops have been cancelled

 

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The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.