Advanced Facilitation Training

Skills for deeply transformative group work

The Process Oriented Advanced Facilitation Training program is designed for people who are looking for a powerful facilitation framework in which to understand group dynamics in depth and their own unique style as a facilitator. A highly experiential program for facilitators wanting to deepen their skills and learn more about themselves at the same time.

Taught by team of highly experienced facilitators and Process Workers, this course aims to equip facilitators with the cutting-edge skills needed to facilitate the complex systemic issues our communities, organisations and governments are grappling with, now more than ever.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT PROCESS WORK FACILITATION?

In Process Work we don’t just work with the people in the room. The incorporation of role and field theory into our facilitation work enables us to work with the deeper processes and patterns that are trying to emerge in group-life through the roles taken by individuals in the group, the facilitator’s inner experience and our experience of the atmosphere and external environment.

Our approach is grounded in an understanding of how power, rank and privilege operate in a multi-dimensional way from moment to moment. Power, rank and privilege impact our interpersonal, group, and community relationships. How we use our power as facilitators is crucial, as is our willingness and skills to work with the inevitable power processes happening in the groups we work with. Process Work offers an in depth understanding of power and the various ways it manifests. This gives our approach the deep insight needed to support empowerment, diversity and inclusion and the understanding that can bridge power divides.

The process-oriented facilitator welcomes conflict. Process Work considers conflict to be generative rather than a sign of dysfunction (although conflicts may be handled in dysfunctional ways). Rather than shy away from conflict, we welcome it as an opportunity to gain more awareness and to deepen interpersonal, group, and community relationships.

Deep Democracy. A non-pathologising approach that includes all voices and positions. Process Work considers that the essence of ‘what’s happening’, even if it is disturbing, is valuable and important. When we assume that disturbances and ‘trouble makers’ are somehow needed and meaningful roles, we open up to being more whole through welcoming the essence of those roles or experiences. ‘Trouble’ can be energizing and insightful when it is more fully understood and integrated by the system rather than superficially resolved, disposed of, or marginalized.

Process Work emphasizes the importance of the facilitator’s own personal development and capacity to work with their own inner states and experiences. The facilitator’s inner experience is a channel through which important information may flow for the group. The facilitator therefore needs a well-developed capacity for self-awareness and skills for making this information useful to the group. We are working on ourselves as much as we are working with others when we facilitate groups.

Process Work supports creativity and the use of multiple communication channels, not just speaking and listening. Communication signals are multi-dimensional and involve much more than speaking and hearing. Visual imagery, movement, posture, body symptoms synchronicities and non-language vocalizations are all ways in which information can emerge in a group. Process Work trains facilitators to notice the myriad of emergent signals in multi-modal channels. This provides the opportunity for the facilitator to create safety, competency and congruence by responding to the signal in the same channel as it emerged.

COURSE STRUCTURE

 

This one-year program consists of seven learning themes taught over seven weekend seminars.

In consultation with your trainers, you will identify a learning project in which you can apply your learning. There will be opportunities to bring your project work into case consultations in the seminars.

LEARNING AREA 1

Role Theory

Roles are more than the individuals who occupy them. Process Work facilitation is a ‘field’ based paradigm that uses a refined capacity for observing and understanding communication signals in groups. The background field is characterized by roles that shape the group and the behaviours of the people in it. From this perspective, individuals are also roles within the field that need representation and expression, not just management.

LEARNING AREA 3

Deep Democracy 

Learn how to appreciate all the voices in the group and roles in the field, recognize the flow of different kinds of information and identify the structure of the process and what is trying to emerge.

LEARNING AREA 5

Facilitating Conflict 

Conflict is essential for groups to grow but it often scares both group members and facilitators alike. Groups are often conflict adverse, but at big costs. Process Work considers conflict as a generative process that when explored well, brings new information, connection and creative responses to seemingly intractable divides.

LEARNING AREA 7

Trauma Informed Facilitation

Integrating trauma-informed principles into group facilitation to make group spaces safer and more empowering, including basic trauma theory and skills for how to respond when people get triggered in groups.

LEARNING AREA 2

Working at the Edge of the Known and Unknown 

Groups need facilitation help when they get stuck at what we call the ‘Edge’. This is the border between what the group already knows and identifies with and where and how the group is trying to grow. One of the key roles of the Process Oriented facilitator is to perceive the nature of the Edge and facilitate the group to understand and unfold it in order to make progress.

LEARNING AREA 4

Rank, Power and Privilege 

History, our life experiences and communication style shape the opportunities and influence we have in groups. Together we’ll explore how to identify and work with power and rank dynamics in groups. We’ll learn how to facilitate individuals and groups to become more ‘rank aware’ and how to develop the crucial facilitator attribute of ‘rank fluidity’.

LEARNING AREA 6

Innerwork

Process Work considers the facilitator’s intuition, feeling and body sensations as one of the many communication channels in which important information about the group’s process and direction can emerge. Process Oriented Innerwork is a practical framework for unfolding and understanding how our momentary inner experiences as a facilitator are an important part of the groups’ process. Together we’ll learn how to make them useful for the group.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

 

The Process Oriented Advanced Facilitation Training program is designed for people who are looking for an advanced framework in which to understand group dynamics in depth. It is for those who want to enhance and experiment with their facilitation skills and who are interested to learn more about themselves at the same time.

It is an experiential and innovative program where you will be supported and mentored to deepen your skills and your self-knowledge.

The course is for people who already work with or in groups in some capacity. You will need to have access to a group(s) in which you can apply your learning during the course. You may be a consulting facilitator, or a practitioner or professional who at times facilitates groups as part of your role. You may have no facilitation experience, but your strategic role within your organisation requires you to up-skill. Your work with groups may be paid or voluntary.

There are no pre-requisites for this program and no previous experience of Process Work is required however we strongly recommend you read A Path Made by Walking by Julie Diamond and Sitting in the Fire by Arnold Mindell prior to starting the course.

MEET THE TRAINING TEAM

Dr Jane Martin

Course architect and Lead Trainer

Jane is a dynamic, trustworthy and experienced facilitator. She has over twenty years experience as a facilitator in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Over the past ten years Jane has facilitated training and development for the NSW State Public Service, the non-government sector and the Australian Federal Public Service. 

In her role as a Director of Adaptive Leadership Australia, Jane trains and mentors leadership practitioners who are working to create better leadership for a better Australia. Jane was the facilitator and architect of the Lost Conversations Group, co-authoring the book Lost Conversations: Finding New Ways for Black and White Australians to Lead Together.

Jane has continued her passion for this work as an Associate of Collaboration for Impact where she is a facilitator specializing in Deep Collaboration between First Nation Peoples and Other Australians.

She has delivered facilitation training for the Aurora Indigenous Training Initiatives and the Melbourne Indigenous Leadership Group sponsored by the Atlantic Fellows For Social Equity Program.

Jane’s qualifications include a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is an Accredited Coach (with the International Coaching Federation), Process Work Diplomate, accredited Deep Democracy facilitator, member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology, and a founding member and the Director of Training of ANZPOP.

Beck Ronkson

Beck is a Facilitator, Coach, Psychotherapist and Consultant with a background in Theatre and Community Cultural Development based in Newcastle, NSW. She has worked in the social change space for the past 19 years, with seven years in the mental health and homelessness sectors. 

She regularly facilitates collaborations of multiple stakeholders, including Local Area Health services, Community Housing providers, Corporate organisations, large and small NGOs, often in the areas of housing, mental health and community self-determination. She is an Associate with Collaboration for Impact, and was the former Artistic Director of Milk Crate Theatre, facilitating group programs for Mission Australia, St Vincent De Paul, Salvation Army, Wesley Mission, Richmond PRA (now Flourish), in Juvenile Justice, CALD & Indigenous communities, and in many schools.

Drawing on her theatrical background, Beck specialises in producing and applying creative tools such as Forum Theatre to disrupt entrenched behaviours holding systems and people from reaching their potential, and is passionate about using physical processes to unlock new insights for individuals and groups. In 2010, Beck was listed in the Sydney Magazine’s (Fairfax Media) 100 most influential people for her work within the homeless community of Sydney.

Beck’s qualifications include, Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) Honours; Organisational Coach (Global Coaching Institute); Diploma of Process Oriented Psychology (ANZPOP). She is a member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology (IAPOP), and Alumna Sydney Leadership.

Liz Scarfe

Liz has been facilitating groups and teaching group facilitation for over 20 years.

Beginning in the social and environmental change movement, Liz taught consensus and collaborative decision making, nonviolent communication skills, conflict transformation, and group facilitation in dozens of not-for-profits and social change groups, public workshops, community safety programs, and internationally in her role as a trainer with the third-party nonviolent intervention group Peace Brigades International.

She then brought her facilitation skills to work in community development and management roles, working in the charity, health care, and local government sectors, facilitating a diverse range of groups, trainings, and community consultation processes. Liz has been a facilitator at the Poland (2014) and Greece (2017) World Work seminars.

In her work as a psychotherapist, Liz specialises in working with people who experience complex trauma and also consults with organisations wanting to incorporate trauma-informed principles into their practices. Seeing a need for facilitators to be trauma-informed, Liz developed the highly successful Trauma Informed Facilitation training program in 2017 which she will deliver as part of this course.

Liz’s qualifications include, Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Science, Diploma of Management, Advanced Certificate in Group Facilitation and Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment and is currently studying a Masters of Culture, Health and Medicine. She is a member of the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia, as well as a founding faculty member of the Process Work Institute India and the Executive Director of ANZPOP.

DATES

The dates for this training have been pushed back in response to COVID-19.

26-27 September, 17-18 October, 14-15 November, 2021 dates to be confirmed.

LOCATION

The training seminars are conducted in Randwick, Sydney.

FEES & PAYMENTS

Fees range from from $5,230-$7,970, including early bird, group (2+), work-study, and ANZPOP Alumni discounted rates – payment plans available. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST or click through to the course prospectus below to receive full details about the program including our cancellation policy.

WHAT’S YOUR NEXT STEP?

ANZPOP acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands we live and work on, the Aboriginal Australian, Torres Strait Islander, and Maori peoples. We pay respect to their elders past, present and future. We give thanks for the wisdom of these peoples that has informed the Process Work approach. We honour the courage, resilience and spirit of traditional peoples in the face of the devastating impact colonisation has had and continues to have on their culture, wellbeing, and sovereignty.