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Consulting and development of teams and groups
Facilitating dialogue in established teams and groups with high stakes - and reaching feasible conclusions

12-16 March 2018, Copenhagen, Denmark

About the course
The course is for people responsible for facilitating development- and decision-making-processes for teams and groups. E.g. managers, consultants, controllers, school psychologists, supervisors, HR-consultants etc. The focus will be on facilitating dialogue and decision-making in teams and groups with diverse stakeholders, different levels of hierarchy, disagreement about past challenges and future direction etc (eg. a team of teachers, a project-team, the network around a pupil/student, a unit at an organisation). The methods can be applied both for team development (coaching) as well as for dealing with disagreement and challenges in the team or group.

Most people know all too well of formal and non-formal meetings and workshops were different opinions are exchanged, where you focus more on the points you want to make yourself than on listening to the others, or where no conclusions are reached after extended and maybe heated discussions. The training offers you diverse tools to turn this around and make sure that everybody's voice is heard and that conclusions are reached when needed.

The starting point will be social constructionist, systemic and appreciative approaches to change: First of all development happens when a space is created in which each single person is listened to, his or her perspective fully appreciated and understood, and where the dialogues are “separated”, so that people truly listen to each others perspectives and build on these. Secondly the process needs to be structured and well facilitated with the right questions at the right moment, in order to negotiate the framework, open up for the diverse perspectives and finally close down ensuring a sustainable outcome.

The course is highly practical giving the participants a chance to practice diverse types of questions, and to reflect upon when to use which ones. Furthermore the participants will practice methods for separating the dialogue during meetings and workshops in order to make people truly listen to each other, to extend their understanding of the situation and to be able to coordinate their actions for the future. Furthermore the course deals with the management of the meta-level: negotiating the task, reflecting on own position as facilitator, involving stakeholders, dealing with the unexpected etc.

This course will give you:
  • An understanding of social constructionist, systems and appreciative approaches to change and learning
  • A chance to practice and reflect upon different questioning techniques that stimulate dialogue
  • Practical tools for separating the dialogue during meetings and workshops to make people truly listen to each other
  • An ability to plan and facilitate open-ended processes with teams and groups, where decisions about the future have to be made
  • A chance to look at and reflect upon your own reality and position as a facilitator of change and decision-making

The course fee for this four day course is 750 Euro, which can be almost fully covered by an Erasmus+ grant (plus travel and stay). Of course, our courses are open to anyone, also without Erasmus+ grants!

Read more about this course here.

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