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Inspiring facilitation, teaching and training
Ensuring creativity, engagement and feasible conclusions during meetings, in the classroom, at workshops, etc.

11-15 February 2019, Gouda, Netherlands
4-8 May 2020, Gouda, Netherlands

About the course
TThe course is for people who are involved in facilitating change and learning in groups, particularly teaching and training where learners/students are expected to form their own opinion and develop critical thinking, e.g. in relation to philosophy, social/political issues, and personal development.

This training offers you diverse question techniques focusing on connecting the topic of your training or teaching to the concrete practice of the learners, exploring their challenges in depth, bringing in perspectives of others, playing with future scenarios and finally planning the future. Furthermore it offers you diverse process exercises to stimulate engagement, creativity and dialogue in ways that ensure that everybody’s voice is heard and that conclusions are reached when needed.

The starting point will be social constructionist, systemic and appreciative approaches to change and learning. These approaches first of all tell us that development happens when a space is created in which each single person is listened to, and his or her perspective fully appreciated and understood, where the dialogues are “separated”, so that people truly listen to each other’s perspectives and build on these. Secondly the approaches tell us that the process needs to be guided, first with negotiating the framework and after this through certain phases that first open up for creativity and diverse perspectives and after that narrows the discussion down towards its purpose and a conclusion.

The course is highly practical giving the participant a chance to practice asking different kinds of questions with different purposes and applying these questioning techniques to diverse concrete exercises for groups. The participant will gain an ability to plan and facilitate learning processes, get feedback, as well as a chance to reflect upon him or herself as a facilitator.

The course will give you…
  • An understanding of social constructionist, systems and appreciative approaches to change and learning
  • An insight into the elements of the dialogue that make a difference: question techniques, separation of the dialogue, domains and phases
  • Practical exercises for groups that you can directly apply at home - and reflection on them
  • An ability to plan and facilitate change and learning processes
  • A chance to look at and reflect upon your own reality and position as a facilitator of change and learning

The course fee for this four day course is 750 Euro, which can be almost fully covered by an Erasmus+ grant (plus travel and stay). Of course, our courses are open to anyone, also without Erasmus+ grants!

Read more about this course here.

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