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: 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
Start DateWed, Mar 9, 2022
  • Wed, Mar 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
  • Thu, Mar 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
  • Fri, Mar 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time (class/lecture)
Seats Available4


All students, staff, faculty, and instructors at SFU are required to submit a COVID-19 Vaccine Declaration before coming to campus. Please submit a PDF vaccine declaration and proof of vaccination (if applicable) at least 48 hours before your course begins. On the PDF form, please enter “CONT STUD” in the SFU 9-digit ID field. 

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

  • Pre-readings and assignments
  • 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.