Basic Facilitation Skills: Designing and Facilitating Dialogue Across Difference

This two-day workshop will help participants build the skills they need to facilitate tough conversations in daily life, in their community, in an organization, or in formal dialogues.

The Essential Partners framework promotes connection and curiosity between those who see each other as enemies. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of the EP’s framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop is designed to help participants develop a powerful set of tools to achieve those goals and adapt them to meet the needs of their contexts.

Objectives:

  • To learn the theory and practice of EP’s Reflective Structured Dialogue framework;
  • To design and structure conversations to meet a group’s purposes and needs;
  • To build competence and confidence in facilitating through challenging moments;
  • To prepare participants and one’s self to deal with challenges in the room.

As a result of this two-day workshop, you will be equipped to:

  • Create a context for people to communicate about difficult or divisive topics;
  • Break destructive communication habits;
  • Design conversations, dialogues, or meetings with clear purpose, full participation, and a structure for moving forward;
  • Intervene to facilitate through rough spots in the conversation.

Who might participate:

  • Corporate and nonprofit managers
  • Human resources professionals
  • Clergy and lay religious leaders
  • Therapists or social workers
  • Alternative dispute resolution professionals
  • Civic leaders and advocates
  • Educators and administrators

Travel & Lodging

There is ample free parking in the lots outside our offices, but traffic in the area can be extremely congested. If possible, we recommend taking the MBTA Red Line to Alewife. Essential Partners' offices are a short (10 min) walk from the station.

If you are planning to travel to the Boston area for a workshop, we recommend booking a room at the adjacent Freepoint Hotel, which offers a corporate rate for our attendees. Click Here for more information.

Cancellation Policies

If you must cancel, please do so as far in advance as possible. Cancellations are subject to a $25 administration fee plus an additional $25 to process credit card refunds (if you paid by credit card). To receive any refund your cancellation must be made at least 2 weeks before the course date. Essential Partners is under no obligation to offer any refund or credit if you cancel within two weeks of a workshop. If you need to cancel due to a medical emergency, your local weather conditions, or any other reason please call Sara Ostrovitz at (617) 923-1216 ext. 10.

In some instances, Essential Partners must cancel a workshop due to low enrollment, faculty illness, or weather. In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a workshop due to low enrollment, we will give you at least 2 weeks notice. If we cancel due to faculty illness or severe weather, we will contact you as far in advance as possible. If there is a severe storm warning in the area of the workshop venue, we will cancel by 4:00 pm the day before.

If the workshop is canceled, Essential Partners will issue you a full refund of the registration fee, with no additional administration fees. Essential Partners cannot be responsible for travel losses.

For more information, please contact us at training@whatisessential.org or 617-923-1216 ext. 10.

Workshop policies

Upcoming Workshops

October 3, 2019 to October 4, 2019
186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA 02138
Regular fee
$795
Early Bird Special:
$750
Register with a Friend:
$650

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…one of the very best workshops I’ve attended. The facilitators established a learning atmosphere that was friendly and highly rigorous and professional.