Effective Group Facilitation

Group facilitation is foundational for civic engagement and a basic requirement for all those interested in convening dialogue and supporting effective collaboration.

This course will offer a comprehensive understanding of group facilitation and an introduction to the tools and practices needed to deliver this role effectively. You will examine design processes for effective group discussion and establish a climate that enables frank and constructive dialogue—within and among groups, and in settings where there are differences in power, rank, and cultural backgrounds. Using examples, case studies and hands-on exercises, you will learn how to design and facilitate meetings or events, including those that involve polarized conflict or controversy.


Location: Online or Vancouver
Duration: 3 days
Tuition: $700
Can be applied to:
Dialogue and Civic Engagement Certificate

Upcoming Offerings

Register for a course at any time, with the option to apply to a program later.

Start Date
Seats Available
Start DateWed, Oct 16, 2024
  • Wed, Oct 16, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Thu, Oct 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
  • Fri, Oct 18, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (virtual class)
Seats Available21

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Ensure all participants understand the history and roots of facilitation practices and how they are used to support group participation, dialogue and problem-solving in a variety of communities
  • Identify various styles of facilitation and clarify the core values that inform these styles
  • Develop skills and practices to address issues related to power, privilege and social equity effectively
  • Assemble a basic, comprehensive framework of process design, facilitation concepts and models to inform engagement with groups
  • Experiment with the application of facilitation tools and approaches through exercises, simulations and case studies

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Advance readings
  • Assignments to be completed outside of scheduled class times
  • Exercises
  • Mini-lectures
  • Group discussion
  • Individual and group exercises
  • Role playing

You will be evaluated on:

  • Class participation
  • Assignments 

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.