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Group Facilitation Training

Part of a series on Organizational Excellence
With Dr Stephen Schuitevoerder
13th to 17th July, 2006

Dr Stephen Schuitevoerder, a well known international facilitator and trainer will be presenting a workshop exploring Process Work applications to organizational development with a focus on group facilitation training.

This seminar: This five day workshop will focus on Group Facilitation Training. We will explore in depth the range of skills that Process Work has to offer group facilitators. Facilitating a group is a challenging process which requires deep perception, awareness and skill. When a group of people meet, they bring divergent interests, values and perceptions to the meeting, making the process of interaction dynamic and complex. Sometimes this diversity is expressed verbally, at other times it is more subtle and felt in the non verbal behavior, attitudes and mood of the meeting. Facilitating effectively requires a sensitivity to the multitude of experience in the group and a support of this diversity. When this depth of facilitation occurs, the group becomes a powerful meeting place where the richness of values, culture and perceptions can meet, interact and learn from each other.

What we will cover: This workshop will be an intensive training in Process Work group facilitation. In the workshop we will cover in depth the various stages of group facilitation. We will learn skills in atmosphere work, sorting and consensus, role theory, edge work and working with hot spots, integration work, and rank and power issues in groups. Throughout these processes we will be mindful of our personal development as facilitators, encouraging the 'metaskills' deep democracy, awareness and fluidity. This is a hands on experiential workshop. Participants will be fully immersed in Process work skills and their applications and will be provided with a toolkit which can be applied in a wide range of group facilitation settings.

Learning Outcomes:
Engage in activities to improve group performance.
To learn about the core concepts in group facilitation.
To increase personal awareness and thereby enrich facilitation
To develop skills in working with complex facilitation moments such as
   violence and personal criticism of the facilitator.
To gain an understanding of the concepts of Process Work.

More on Process work: Process Work is a cross-disciplinary approach to support individual and collective change. It developed in the 1970s and 1980s in Zurich, Switzerland. Process Work, also known as Process-Oriented Psychology, offers new ways of working with areas of life that are experienced as problematic or painful. Physical symptoms, relationship problems, group conflicts and social tensions, when approached with curiosity and respect, can lead to new information that is vital for personal and collective growth.

With its roots in Jungian psychology and physics, Process Work believes that the solution to problems is often contained within the disturbances themselves. Process Work provides a practical framework through which individuals, couples, families, groups and organizations can connect with greater effectiveness and creativity. Process Work adopts a sense of deep democracy whereby each aspect of ourselves is seen to be meaningful and important and offers valuable information for us when explored and unfolded. Similarly within an organization, each member holds important and vital contribution to the group's well-being and effectiveness.

More on the facilitator: Dr. Stephen Schuitevoerder is an international consultant, lecturer and facilitator based in Portland, Oregon. Stephen presents seminars, lectures and workshops throughout the world including South Africa, Australia, Russia, South America, Mexico, the United States and now in Japan. He works with diversity issues, team building, executive development and organizational conflict and has facilitated small and large group processes in a wide range of settings. Stephen is on the faculty of the Process Work Center of Portland and was the Executive Director of this school for 9 years. He teaches Process Work both in the United States and internationally and has collaborated to develop training programs in Process Work in a number of countries including South Africa. He has a private practice in Portland, Oregon and consults with individuals and executives throughout the world.

Participants: Minimum: 15; Maximum: 25

Languages: The workshop will be conducted in English.

Location: The workshop will be held in a Conference Room inside of a residential compound in Minami-Aoyama.
5-4-22 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0062

Directions: The compound has a two-tone gray and white brick wall with a dark green gate. You may enter through the pedestrian gate on the right. You will need a combination to open the gate. We will give participants this combination by email later. For detailed directions, please go to http://tokyoroom.atspace.com/directions.htm and copy the relevant information. Click on the pictures of the Conference Room so you can see the compound from the street looking in and from inside the compound looking out to the street. To print a map, go to http://tokyoroom.atspace.com/map.htm.
The map shows two Guest Room locations. The one you want is Minami-Aoyama Guest Room, NOT Reisekiso Guest Room.
From Omotesando station, the Compound is a 5-10 minute walk or a minimum taxi fare (about 660 JPY).
Call Cathy Bernatt's mobile phone: 090-4244-8559 if you are lost!

Dates: The workshop will begin on July 13 and finish July 17, 2006.

Time: 10:00-17:00 each day (1 hr. lunch break)

Tuition: The fee per person for the complete 5-day workshop will be 120,000 JPY. The fee includes beverages during the workshop, and the 5-day workshop itself. Lunches each day will be independent.

Selection of participants: In certain circumstances, workshop presenters may seek further information from applicants to help clarify their readiness for the level at which the workshop will be presented.

Refunds and withdrawals: If participants withdraw within 2 weeks of the first day of the workshop, 10% of the full fee will be retained by the organizers. For participants who withdraw after that date and before the workshop start date, the organizers reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee. If a participant fails to notify his or her withdrawal and does not attend, or if the participant withdraws at any time during the workshop, 90% of the full fee will be retained.

Payment and enrollment: Full payment of the tuition is required before June 30, 2006. If any participants enroll after the workshop is full they will have their fees fully refunded. Participants will be accepted in the order of their applications being received, up to a maximum of 20.

Please complete the registration form and email to contactus@creating.bz or fax the form to 03-5211-0473. Each participant is requested to fill out a registration form. (Whilst expressions of interest and queries are welcomed, no formal enrollments will be taken without payment.)

By June 23, 2006, please send registration fee of 30,000 yen to the following bank account: Bank Name: Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank, Branch: Ichigaya; Account number: 1277196; Account name: Cathy Bernatt.

Registration is NOT complete until you send the registration fee. Please note that this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Send the remainder of the participation fee (90,000 yen) by June 30, 2006. If we do not receive your fee by that date, we may give your place to someone on the waiting list. Upon completion of payment, we will send you the full details.

If, due to unforeseen circumstances, the workshop must be cancelled, all fees will be refunded in full.

Participants will be provided with a 20-page summary of Process Work group work for easy reading. In addition, Sitting in the Fire by Arnold Mindel is recommended. For the adventurous, Dr. Stephen Schuitevoerder's thesis Process Work contributions to Men and Power will be made available to anybody interested.


Contacts for further information:
Cathy Bernatt: contactus@creating.bz
Dr Stephen Schuitevoerder: stephen@processconsulting.org

Click here to go to the registration form.

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