Certified Group Facilitator Program

You will develop the skills required to facilitate group gatherings including meetings, retreats, and more. This includes:

  • Clarifying the goals and outcomes for the group event
  • Designing a process by which the group will work to achieve those goals
  • Working with the group to lead them through the discussions and activities required to meet their goals
  • Documenting group findings and decisions

You will also learn techniques for promoting teamwork, posing key questions, generating options and narrowing choices, focusing the group, managing conflict, developing action plans, and more.

Benefits of Becoming a Certified Group Facilitator

Government agencies and nonprofit organizations today often develop plans, investigate problems, make critical decisions and carry out other important tasks through meetings that involve staff and key stakeholders.  But in some cases, poor planning, lack of trust, and conflicting values and assumptions among members may impede a group’s progress in reaching its goals. In these cases, a group facilitator can assist by planning and managing meetings that help a group to recognize and overcome these obstacles. The result is a process that is more inclusive, decisions that are better-informed, and goals that are achieved in a timelier fashion.

About the Program

The Certified Group Facilitator Program includes six days of facilitation training, assignment work, and a capstone facilitation experience. The program is taught by experienced facilitators and include instruction, practice, mentoring, feedback, and more. The capstone experience allows participants to plan a facilitation, facilitate a group process, and receive feedback about their personal facilitation skills.

Contact us at apacprog@ualr.edu if you would like to receive information when the next Certified Group Facilitator Program opens for registration.

The Certified Group Facilitators Network

Members of the Certified Group Facilitators Network have completed this program. If you would like to work with one of them to facilitate an upcoming group event, send your request to apacprog@ualr.edu or call (501) 569-3044.