Facilitating Groups with Grace and Productiveness - April 2014

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This workshop is fun, energetic and interactive. It is grounded in presentation of key facilitation concepts and discussion of real-life examples. There are plenty of opportunities to practice the tools and to discuss the complexities of facilitating inclusive, effective, productive meetings. You'll take home a packet of materials you can use in your future work.

Participants will develop tools to:

  • Understand basic cycles and processes that occur in groups.
  • Help groups to organize their work around a clear understanding of their purpose and objectives.
  • Encourage group members to uncover the interests that underlie their positions in a dispute.
  • Guide a group in developing, prioritizing, deciding on, and implementing its ideas.
  • Choose activities that make the best use of the group's participation.
  • Take leadership in response to challenging behaviors from group members.
  • Increase equity and inclusiveness in the group process, and engage productively in intercultural conflict.

This training focuses on skills for outside facilitators (those who are not members of the groups they are facilitating), though the tools are applicable to other situations.

What past participants say

  • Enthusiastic training! Great, real-world examples.
  • Thank you so much for the in-depth packet. I will keep it forever!!
  • I appreciate the content chosen to present - not focusing on meeting management but true, good, honest facilitation.
  • Fantastic interactive learning, and the space and snacks created a great environment.
  • I feel that I have a comprehensive understanding of the in's and out's of facilitation, and I am excited by all of the new tools I am going to practice.

Dates and location

In response to past participants' feedback, we expanded this workshop to 2 1/2 days to give more time for practicing skills and discussing challenging situations.

Training dates:

  • Wednesday, April 30, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday, May 1, 9 am - 5 pm
  • Friday, May 2, 9 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch is on your own. We'll provide coffee, tea, a continental breakfast, and afternoon snacks.


Resolutions Northwest

1827 NE 44th Avenue, Suite 300

Portland, Oregon 97213

We have free parking for cars and bikes, and we're close to transit.

Accessibility: We want each participant to be fully included. Please e-mail us or call 503-595-4890 with any questions or requests for how we could support you in participating fully, such as providing large-print materials, sending written materials in advance, discussing/modifying the room set-up, etc.


The fee for this workshop is $425. We ask you to pay what you are able.

Space is limited. Register now! Please note that this training does tend to sell out, and your space will not be confirmed until we receive your payment.

We also offer a work-trade slot that will allow one participant to attend for free in exchange for assistance with copying, assembling packets, purchasing snacks, etc. For more information or to enter the lottery, please click here. You will need to enter by April 14. (You do not need to register on the website.)

Special ONI partner opportunity: If you are a board member, staff, or other leader with an ONI partner organization, you can enter the lottery for one of 6 free spots. ONI is Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and the partner organizations are neighbrohod associations and coalitions/district offices, Diversity and Civic Leadership Programs, Elders in Action, and the Disability Program. For more information, click here. For the best chance of a spot, enter by April 14. (You do not need to register on the website.)


Teri Pierson and Christina Albo are facilitators, trainers, and mediators on staff at Resolutions Northwest. Between them, they have over 20 years' experience facilitating all kinds of groups.


April 30th, 2014 9:00 AM   through   May 2nd, 2014 12:30 PM
Phone: 503-595-4890
Your workshop payment in increments of $ 1.00

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