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2020 Skills Symposium: Facilitation Skills and Methods for Community Engagement

  • 04 May 2020
  • (UTC-06:00)
  • 05 May 2020
  • (UTC-06:00)
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina - 1975 Broad St, Regina, SK S4P 1Y2, Canada
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  • For members of the IAP2 Affiliates or IAP2 Federation International Associates.

This two-day workshop will focus on learning and practicing the skills and methods facilitators require to guide effective public meetings and consultations. You will experience facilitation methods that maximize participant engagement and encourage meaningful and respectful conversations.

The workshop contains a facilitator’s toolkit of seven facilitation methods that are particularly effective when hosting collaborative engagement sessions. As a participant you will be provided with the opportunity to co-facilitate one of these methods in a small group setting during the workshop and receive feedback from your peers and the instructors.

The workshop presentation material and practice facilitation are designed to prepare you to facilitate small and large scale public meetings, group gatherings, and community consultations that solicit community feedback with skill and confidence.

PLEASE NOTE: International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact info@iap2canada.ca to obtain it.

— Cancellation and Substitution policy —

Learning Objectives:

Through this course, participants will:

  • Recognize the value and critical importance of bringing multiple perspectives to complex issues.
  • Be able to design a stepped deliberative process to produce a well-considered, collectively drafted recommendation.
  • Design and implement an evaluation process that is aligned with the IAP2 Spectrum of Participation and consistent with IAP2 Core Values and evaluation’s professional standards.
  • Define clear objectives for increasing and deepening diversity within public engagement efforts.
  • Demonstrate how to use creative tension to innovate.
  • Identify why groups struggle with problems, and select appropriate facilitative strategies/techniques to improve their deliberations.

Course Outline

Trainer(s): Brian Benn & Lauri Prest

Brian BennBrian Benn has extensive skill and experience as a trainer, course designer, facilitator, and change leader. He has extensive experience in designing and facilitating community engagement consultations, strategic planning and decision-making forums. He has been recognized as an effective presenter and facilitator who engages his audience in interactive and meaningful dialogues.

Lauri PrestLauri Prest is an experienced organizational and community development practitioner specializing in change management and leadership capacity building. She is a skilled facilitation process designer with expertise in creating innovative and a collaborative environment that engages people in conversations that lead to wise actions. Lauri is an accredited certified professional coach who co-creates outstanding personal and professional transformation with teams and individuals.

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