Group Facilitation & Meeting Management: Flexible Facilitation Skills for Changing Times

June 12, 2023 1:00 - June 16, 2023

1:00 – 4:00 p.m., each day

Registration deadline: June 2nd

This course will be conducted via a virtual Zoom meeting 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.

This course will help you increase your comfort and skill in facilitating groups and meetings – of any audience size, in-person virtually, or hybrid. Build your awareness of models, processes, and interactive activities that can be applied to group dialogue and meetings. Gain strategies for giving directions to a group, developing facilitation activities related to their identified topic, and managing various responses to activities. Participants 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. Note: This class will focus on facilitation in the context of community and professional meetings, not clinical therapy, or support groups.

Course will consist of daily live Zoom class meetings from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Central Time), and additional course material in Canvas.

Class size is limited to 25.

$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.

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About the Instructor:

Steven 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.

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