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Group Facilitation & Meeting Management: Skills, Tools, and Philosophies for Facilitating Virtually


Registration deadline: June 4th

This course will be conducted via a virtual Zoom meeting online format and Canvas. Access to a computer/laptop with internet access is required. Please contact Professional Development with any questions.

Steven Harowitz, MEd
Executive Director, Campfire

15 CEUs/CPH units

 For organizations and communities, bringing people together in constructive dialogue is essential to advance projects and build connections. Making these gatherings as effective as possible increases productivity, improves decision-making, and enhances the sense of group membership. Hosting these gatherings online creates a unique set of additional challenges and opportunities.

This skills lab will help students increase their comfort and skill in virtually facilitating groups and meetings – of any audience size. Build your awareness of models, processes, and interactive activities that can be applied to group dialogue and meetings. Students will gain strategies for giving directions to a group, developing facilitation activities related to their identified topic, and managing various responses to activities. Methods will be presented for both in-person and virtual spaces.

Students will also learn how to support or guide a group towards decision making, ideation, or dialogue in meeting spaces. Finally, we will examine techniques that can be leveraged to create connections among the members of the group. The skills and practice methods are applicable in multiple settings and relevant to gathering stakeholder input, community organizing, strategic planning, project evaluation, staff retreats, and policy development. This class will focus on facilitation in the context of community and professional meetings, not clinical therapy or support groups.

For more information on classwork and reading expectations, please click here.

The course will consist of daily live Zoom class meetings from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. (CST), and additional course material in Canvas.

Class size is limited to 20.

$650 General admission
$450 Non-profit/government employees (1st Summer Institute class)
$400 Non-profit/government employees (Additional Summer Institute classes)

This class will include both degree-seeking graduate students and practicing professionals. Individuals registering through Professional Development will receive continuing education units - but not academic credit - for the class.

About the Instructor:

Portrait of Bob MaiSteven Harowitz is the Executive Director of Campfire, an organization that teaches facilitation, storytelling, and public speaking.  Between 2012-2018, Steven led the Angel and Paul Harvey Media Center at Washington University, providing technical support to the campus community for a wide range of media-related projects and activities. In 2016, Steven founded Campfire and currently serves as the lead trainer for Campfire's weekly classes, training for nonprofits, and dialogue facilitation. Steven holds a Master's degree in education from the University of South Carolina.