by Jennifer Stanchfield M.S., CTRS
“Facilitation is an art, rather than a science. By its very nature it is an experiential practice […] it takes practice balanced with reflection and more practice […] it is an ever dynamic process of give and take, learning and development.”—Tips and Tools
Group facilitators face the dilemma of how to best assist a group of participants in learning deeply. Experiential education requires participant activity—mental or physical—and enthusiasm to guide the sessions to meet the group’s needs and objectives. Facilitators then, must keep in mind key ingredients to making sessions work while remaining open to the group’s direction.
Tips and Tools explores the facilitator role in experiential groups of all kinds and offers tools and activities to enhance group sessions. The author reflects on aspects of effective facilitating, including personal facilitating style and a firm understanding of group backgrounds. Strategies offered intend to increase participant involvement and growth through efficient sequencing and reflection. Tips and Tools serves as a guide, an inspiration, and a tool to group facilitators who constantly seek new materials to help spark creativity, provide new insight, and encourage success.