In our advanced trainings, you’ll collaborate with colleagues in a creative learning community over time to develop the art of designing and leading transformational learning programs that change lives.
You will learn and practice all three aspects of the Creative Empowerment Model: Experiential Learning, Arts-Based Practices, and Leading Edge Facilitation Skills.
Based on the premise that effective facilitators are authentic, creative, responsible, and passionate, the training weaves personal growth with skill building and practice. Advanced Facilitation training is delivered in a variety of formats, from 2 days to 5 sessions, over several months depending on the location.
ART OF FACILITATION
LEAD WITH HEART, MAXIMIZE YOUR IMPACT!
Art of Facilitation (AOF), our international advanced facilitation training, is an in-depth, experiential training for youth workers, facilitators, counselors, trainers, educators, and other leaders of groups and trainings. You’ll learn proven techniques for bringing depth, relevance, and lasting impact to your programs, classrooms, or teams. Embark on a powerful learning journey with a supportive, creative community of fellow change makers.
Art of Facilitation meets one weekend per month from mid-October through mid-February in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
“Everybody who is an educator or who works with young people should take this course. It’s fantastic.”
~ Aimee Eddins, youth worker
Art of Facilitation is enlivening, challenging, and fun. Participants should expect the training to be at times mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing. We have purposely created a rigorous training to make clear the level of skill, commitment, and integrity it takes to become a top-notch facilitator with the power and courage to make a difference.
Those who see working with groups not as “work” but rather as a life path, should feel right at home with the Art of Facilitation.
Lead trainer, Nadia Chaney, is joined by an additional trainer to ensure time for small group practice. Participants form a robust learning community that endures long after the training ends.
Basic Facilitation Skills: Questioning, processing, listening, authentic speaking, setting context, debriefing, working with a co-facilitator
Effective Communication: Non-violent, relational, and challenge-based communication; relational and rapport building skills
Group Dynamics: Understanding what makes groups tick; getting comfortable working with young people, their emotions and issues
Personal Development: Understanding your triggers; learning how to claim and hold space; understanding your strengths and challenges as a leader
Cultural Competency: Understanding the dynamics of working with youth and adults from diverse cultures; how to lead culturally responsive programs; how to be an ally for all youth
Presentation Skills: Getting comfortable speaking in front of groups; projecting your voice; clear communication; being able to think on your feet
Creative Arts Skills : Using image and metaphor in teaching; how to use arts practices to build strong groups; basic activities from theater, creative writing, poetry, visual arts, music, movement, and rhythm
Program Design Skills: Understanding the elements of a strong program; how to design experiential learning programs
DATES FOR 2019-2020
October 18-20, 2019
November 15-17, 2019
December 13-15, 2019
January 17-19, 2020
February 13-16, 2020
The first four weekends:
Friday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The final weekend includes an extra day (February 13-16):
Early Bird Rate: CAD$2000 – Registration and deposit must be received by July 31 to receive the Early Bird rate.
Fees includes materials and refreshments. Please plan to bring or purchase lunch.
Deposit: A deposit of CAD$250 is required with registration to hold your space in this training.
Tuition Due: Tuition balance will be due in full on October 15.
Scholarships: Our goal is to make training accessible to anyone who wishes to attend, regardless of financial need. Limited scholarship funds are available for this training. Be sure to indicate that you would like to be considered on your registration form. Scholarship awards will be announced September 15 and we will continue to consider scholarship requests after that date.
Payment Plan: To help ease the financial burden, an optional payment plan is available that enables you to split your tuition balance into two payments, due October 15 and December 15.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
A full refund, less a CAD$50 Admin fee, will be issued for cancellations made more than 1-month prior to a training start date.
For cancellations of less than 1-month, a full refund minus the CAD$250 deposit.
Cancellations of less than 2-weeks notice or after the course start date will not be offered a refund.
Note About Enrollment: A minimum enrollment is required for this training, and if not met by September 30, this training may be cancelled. If cancelled due to lack of enrollment, registration fees will be fully refunded.
The magic emerging from HOF deepened my inward journey of discovery. It grounded my fears, nurtured my voice, and taught me to listen with empathy. I really believe that if all educators in the world would go through Heart of Facilitation, a huge chunk of world peace would be achieved.
Youth facilitator and visual arts teaching artist, London, ON, Canada
AOF has transformed my work with groups and individuals. My participants are more engaged, my clients are more appreciative, and I am more fulfilled. From at-risk youth to affluent adults, everyone I work with can feel the magic I picked up at AOF. Since the program, I've emerged as one of the lead facilitators in my region and am even being invited to train others. I can't recommend this program enough.
Facilitator and Consultant, Asheville, NC
I draw on the skills I learned in HOF during every workshop I lead. Beyond what I do, the way I do the work has transformed.
Facilitator, teaching artist, Seattle, WA
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