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Facilitation Skills

For Consultants, Coaches, Trainers, and Group Leaders

Facilitation skills are increasingly recognized as an essential competence for consultants and coaches seeking to better serve their clients in this time of rapid change, polarized public discourse, increasing diversity, and globalization.


These skills are also an essential competence for managers, leaders and others responsible for ensuring groups, teams and organizations successfully achieve their objectives.

A facilitator manages process and contributes structure to meetings and events to ensure that groups work and learn collaboratively, function effectively and make high quality decisions.


Maximizing the use of facilitation skills increases the effectiveness of groups, acknowledges the value of diverging opinions, helps minimize conflict and increases participation. This enables groups to better understand the dimensions of a problem or issue, generate new ideas and make informed decisions.


A skilled facilitator selectively applies tools and techniques to help groups:


  • Work together effectively
  • Create the environment or conditions for individuals to bring their best contributions
  • Harness individual and collective potential and productivity to achieve desired outcomes.

This highly experiential program gives participants the opportunity to acquire and practice the essential skills of facilitation, ensuring the learning can be readily and effectively applied immediately upon return to work.


Participants will be introduced to a range of tools and techniques aimed at:

  • Increasing confidence and impact in effectively working with groups
  • Reinforcing the facilitator role as contributing structure and process rather than content 
  • Using an inclusive facilitative approach in meetings and teams to increase engagement, trust and results
  • Understanding Gestalt concepts that enrich and support the facilitated group experience
  • Facilitating meetings and events that invite high levels of participation
  • Guiding respectful resolution of disagreement and conflict with greater confidence
  • Dealing competently and respectfully with unhelpful participant behaviors
  • Ensuring that participants feel acknowledged, valued and heard
  • Providing an opportunity to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback


This program is for consultants, coaches, trainers, managers, team leaders and others who want to develop and extend their facilitation skills as a means of working more effectively with people in a wide range of team/group settings.


Continuing Education

<strong><img src="../images/icflogo07rgbSm.jpg" width="85" height="40" hspace="2" vspace="1" border="2" align="left" /></strong>Coaches: This program is International Coach Federation (ICF) certified for 18.75 core competency continuing education hours. Please see the Continuing Education page for full details.



Dates and Fees:

Facilitation Skills:

For Consultants, Coaches, Trainers Managers, and Group Leaders

Dates May 7-9, 2020
Thursday, 10am
Saturday, 3pm
Fee $995
  $945 GISC Member Rate
CE Hours 18 ICF
Faculty Ken Broadhurst, MHSA, PCC
  Donna Dennis, PhD, PCC
Location South Wellfleet, Cape Cod
Massachusetts, United States


Gestalt International Study Center
1035 Cemetery Road, P.O. Box 515, South Wellfleet, MA 02663
Phone: +1 508 349 7900