Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0262, July 5, 2006 ....
 

Dear friends,

As facilitators,
we may someday be called upon to support those who have been deeply affected by the trauma resulting from a major disaster. My friend and colleague, Dr. Gilbert Brenson-Lazan developed the Global Facilitator Service Corps many years ago to meet this need by training and dispatching volunteer facilitators to all parts of the globe.

In this week's article, he offers a number of resources and ways to support the facilitation of disaster relief. He is also offering a live training for facilitators next month in Oakland, CA. This workshop will teach you: to process grief for yourself and others, how to identify and apply resilience strategies, to develop curriculum and train groups and organizations interested in developing disaster recovery plans, to train and mentor professionals working in direct recuperation efforts. You'll also receive a leader's guide for delivery of your own disaster recovery workshops in the future.


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Have a great week!

Steve Davis
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The Point


Facilitating Disaster Recovery
What can you do in the face of massive group trauma?

Group Management Skill

As facilitators,
we may someday be called upon to support those who have been deeply affected by the trauma resulting from a major disaster. My friend and colleague, Dr. Gilbert Brenson-Lazan developed the Global Facilitator Service Corps many years ago to meet this need by training and dispatching volunteer facilitators to all parts of the globe in need of these skills. He offers the following resources and ways to support the facilitation of disaster relief and is also offering a live training for facilitators next month in Oakland, CA. This workshop will teach you to process grief for yourself and others, to identify and apply resilience strategies, prepare you to develop curriculum and train groups and organizations interested in developing disaster recovery plans, and equip you to train and mentor professionals working in direct recuperation efforts.
Application


- As facilitators, we may someday be called upon to support those who have been deeply affected by the trauma resulting from a major change or disaster. My friend and colleague, Dr. Gilbert Brenson-Lazan developed the Global Facilitator Service Corps crisis intervention facilitation model many years ago to meet this need. GFSC offers resources and methods to support the facilitation of disaster relief and is offering a live training for facilitators, August 7-8, in Oakland, CA. This workshop will teach you to process grief for yourself and with others, to identify and apply resilience strategies and equip you to train and mentor professionals working in direct recuperation efforts.

- If you live in a disaster area or have friends or colleagues living in one, you can help them considerably by being sure they know about the Global Facilitator Service Corps disaster intervention manuals (for adults, for children and for facilitators and other professionals), as well as other materials in several languages that are available on the GFSC Website http://globalfacilitators.org, Virtual Library, for downloading without cost.

- If you are a professional engaged in the day-to-day work with people or groups experiencing trauma, disaster or crisis, get in touch with GFSC, http://globalfacilitators.org. GSFC supports local networks of volunteer facilitators that can help communities increase their capacity to address their challenges and create sustainable solutions.

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If you have a few hours a week to spare, you and your facilitator colleagues can sign up as GFSC Field Volunteers and participate without cost in the GFSC Mentored Pathways™ Program. For more information and an electronic signup form, please go to http://globalfacilitators.org.

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If you wish to donate money to a reputable agency that will wisely administer it, I recommend GFSC and their efforts in building community capacity and self-reliance by facilitating psychosocial reconstruction. Your donation is needed and will be greatly appreciated and well used. All donations are tax deductible in the United States and you can make your donation at http://globalfacilitators.org.

Please help us generate effective actions to be part of the solutions to the ongoing crises and those to come. I remember the words and the passionate voice of Dr. Saul Alinsky, the "dean" of community organization in the United States, when he cajoled us during a postgraduate seminar: "All that is really necessary for evil to triumph in our communities is for men and women of good will to do nothing."

Action
 

Click here to learn more about the Global Facilitator Service Corps and consider joining or supporting their efforts and/or attending their upcoming training workshop.

 
 
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In the Spotlight

 

Facilitator Training Workshop
Disaster, Crisis & Trauma Intervention:

Building Community Resilience and Self-Reliance
Facilitating Psycho-Social Reconstruction

7-8 August, 2006

Eastmont Town Center
7200 Bancroft Avenue, Ste. 202 (free parking)
Oakland, CA 94605


Is your community prepared for the psycho-social aftermath of a major crisis or disaster? Are you?

The survivors of Katrina, especially the children, are still trying to heal their emotional scars and do not have adequate resources to help! When natural or man-made disasters strike and after the major rubble is cleared, who will provide this much-needed community support in your area?

You can!

The GFSC Disaster & Crisis Intervention Facilitator Training Workshop prepares experienced facilitators to:

Train and mentor other professionals working in direct recuperation efforts
design and deliver a DCI workshop to address the needs of a local population in affected areas.

If you are a professional engaged in the day-to-day work with the survivors of disasters, or if you are working with organizations, communities or agencies that have responsibilities in disaster or crisis recovery now or in the future, you may be an excellent candidate to learn and use these DCI facilitation skills on the front lines or in preparation for future crises.

Upon completion of this two-day workshop participants will be able to:

· Describe a grief cycle; identify productive and non-productive processes of handling grief in one's self and others, for individuals and groups; use four specific, effective tools for facilitating group processes of proactive grief management.

· Identify and apply Resilience Strategies to support the four stages of group and individual resilience.

· Assist others who work with disaster survivors to maintain a healthy balance between their work and their own personal well-being (caring for the care-giver).

· Develop a proactive curriculum for working with organizations/professionals responsible for supporting communities impacted by natural/engineered disasters.

· Train and mentor other professionals working in direct recuperation efforts in areas impacted by disaster or crisis.

Click on http://www.globalfacilitators.org to register

Registration limited so apply now.



Transforming Conflict in the Workplace...


Would you be a more effective facilitator or leader with a more solid base of conflict resolution skills under your belt? 

All organizations and relationships encounter conflict. It's what we do with it that makes all the difference in the world.

Remove the fear and uncertainty in working with conflict in groups and organizations in this 5-day teleclass series: Transforming Conflict in the Workplace, led by a 25-year expert in the fields of facilitation and mediation, Harry Webne-Behrman.

o Did you know that everyone has a unique style and response to conflict? Knowing your styles and response is critical to effective conflict resolution.

o Do you feel comfortable modeling effective conflict resolution skills as a facilitator? This is one of the best ways to prevent conflict from escalating.

o Did you know that 80% of effective conflict management consists of effective interpersonal communication? Knowing how to facilitate this kind of communication is key to mining the positive energy of conflict.

o Do you know what it takes to establish conflict resolution and staff facilitation programs within organizations? This knowledge is in growing demand for facilitators, coaches, and consultants.

In this class you will learn conflict resolution skills for facilitative leaders by exploring and evaluating your own styles and personal responses conflict, learning and practicing conflict resolution strategies in the context of group facilitation, and exploring how you can implement conflict resolution and staff facilitation programs within organizations.

By the end of the 5 days, you will:

  • Know your own conflict resolution style and response to conflict.
  • Be able to employ effective conflict resolution strategies with any group.
  • Understand how to deal with impasse in groups.
  • Be able to recognize others conflict styles and responses.
    Have more confidence in dealing with conflict in groups and organizations.
  • Know the keys to implementing conflict resolution and staff facilitation programs within organizations.
  • And much more..

When...
July 17th-21st, 2006, 10:00 AM Pacific, 1:00 PM Eastern (NY Time), one hour each day.

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