Working with groups can be both exhilarating and extremely challenging. Frequently, despite the best-laid plans of facilitators, the unexpected happens. Sessions can rise and fall based on the facilitator’s understanding of, and ability to work with, the group’s dynamics.
There are no secret pills that make dealing with these dynamics easy. However, Facilitation Effectiveness will present a basic introductionto theories, strategies, skills and tools that can be helpful in dealing effectively with them.
The delivery methods for this program will represent a wide variety of learning methods, including theory input, discussion, case study, group exercises, practice and reflection.
About the Instructor
Rick is an Organizational and Human Resource Specialist. He has over 20 years’ experience with a wide range of public and private organizations throughout Atlantic Canada. For a number of years, Rick held Organizational Health and Human Resource positions with organizations such as Maritime Life Assurance Company and the IWK Grace Health Centre. He has taught at Henson College’s Advanced Management Centre and Dalhousie University’s Human Resource Development Unit in addition to his work in the Adult Ed certificate program.
Rick’s roots are in youth development and cross-cultural educational programs. His past experience involves a variety of volunteer and paid positions within several organizations, including the roles of: National Trainer of Orientations with Canadian Crossroads International, an organization engaged in developing cross-cultural awareness through overseas placements in developing countries; Executive Director of the Youth Leadership Council for Atlantic Canada, which was concerned with the development of youth through community service and outdoor adventure activities and group leader and national field-staff trainer with Katimavik, a national youth development and service program.
He is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at St. Mary’s University and is also certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
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