Advanced Facilitation Training


A challenging day that looks deeply at group dynamics and the role you play as a facilitator both online & face-to-face. This course helps facilitators deal with power, conflict & big personalities!

"'Excellent day...realistic tools to deal with real, every-day situations'  "

Stefania Battistelli (Save the Children)

A unique day of interactive and participatory learning to build your confidence as a facilitator or workshop leader.

In this training, you’ll be challenged, engaged, and hopefully excited while experiencing the power of deep facilitation. While this is a day of learning, it is also time for you to think about your work and share your experiences. You’ll be asked to analyse difficult situations and come up with your own solutions!

You will also develop your skills and attitudes as a facilitator in working with diverse groups and using participatory processes whether online or face to face. We’ll look at what it means to be in the mindset of a facilitator rather than to just ‘do facilitation’.

The day will include:

  • What it means to be a facilitator
  • Online vs face-to-face group work
  • How to support groups to recognise and work with their power dynamics
  • Understand and deal with ‘problem’ behaviour
  • Cultivate empathy and the appreciation of differences
  • How to frame a group’s needs
  • Using questions effectively to draw out the experience of a group
  • Using non-hierarchal processes

What this course isn’t…

What this course doesn’t cover is the more practical ‘tools & techniques’ for running meetings, workshops, etc. If that’s what you’re looking for then please see our other ‘Facilitation Training’ course.

"Enjoyable and interactive event with lots of opportunities to reflect"

Tonyeh Vincent (NHS)

New for 2022 – free follow-up session!

Every course now includes the option of a 90mins follow-up session on Zoom. You will have the opportunity to discuss your recent experiences, be given time to practice what you’ve learned, and get feedback.

Who should attend this course?

The event will benefit anyone working with groups of people in the role of facilitator/workshop leader both online & face-to-face.  Although it does help to have some facilitation experience to draw upon, the day will also help the novice wanting to start out with a deep grounding in group dynamics.

"‘Very useful & insightful’"

Mary Church (Friends of the Earth Scotland)

Course resources

Meet the trainer

Matthew Herbert

Matthew has been facilitating group work for 20 years. In that time he's worked with groups of many kinds- from co-operatives and co-housing projects to campaigning NGOs and community activist networks. Inevitably conflict has arisen and he has supported groups to deal with it. He specialises in facilitating groups, small and large, to consensus and he has co-authored several guides on the subject.

Matthew has worked with Amnesty International, Fairtrade Foundation, University of Liverpool, Greenpeace, 38 Degrees, The Scarman Trust, Campaign against the Arms Trade, Centre for Alternative Technology, Co-operatives UK and Friends of the Earth. He is a member of the Rhizome Cooperative- a coop specialising in conflict resolution, consensus building and facilitation of contentious issues.


Thinking bigger?

Bespoke versions of this course can be delivered at a date and locaton to suit you. Find out more about our bespoke and in-house training or get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Enquire about our Advanced Facilitation Training course

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