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The Master Facilitator Journal | Issue #0054| May 21, 2002
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International Association of Facilitators 
 Network, train, and collaborate with the world's largest organization for facilitators.

The Point

I found the International Association of Facilitators at through one of my readers last year. This is an excellent resource for those of you interested in staying current in the field of facilitation. They provide an abundant store of resources for new and advanced facilitators. There stated missions is included below:

The IAF promotes, supports and advances the art and practice of professional facilitation through methods exchange, professional growth, practical research, collegial networking and support services.

They offer comprehensive training and certification for facilitators, and their yearly membership includes access to over 1,000 articles and papers, a free listing in their directory, access to topical listserves, participation in think tanks, conference discounts and more.

Check out their full listing of benefits below.


Opportunities Available through Membership in IAF

IAF strives to offer opportunities for anyone interested in facilitation to increase their expertise on many levels. Hands-on sessions are offered at each conference along with specialized presentations. Use of the Membership Directory, participation on IAF taskforces, attendance at IAF conferences, communication on the GRP-FACL listserv and others, provide ways to directly contact and dialogue with other facilitators.

IAF members are characteristically open to sharing their learnings and expertise, as well as mentoring others. The global nature of IAF affords the possibility of interchange and networking with colleagues from diverse locations and cultural backgrounds.

Your membership Includes:

  • IAF pin, writing pen and rolodex card

  • IAF Conference discounts around the world.

  • Discounts in Facilitator Certification Programs

  • Eligibility for International Scholarships to all IAF conferences.

  • Free webspace for your facilitation services at the IAF website.

  • Access to the "Members Only" section of the website with thousands of manuals and other publications in our Virtual Library, access to our Gigboard, Webring, Member Bulletin Board, Membership Directory and many other benefits.

  • Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal

  • "E-letters" from the Chair about upcoming events, activities and special offers of interest to facilitators.

  • Membership Directory

  • Participation in IAF Research Think Tanks and other IAF projects.

IAF has produced a series of articles explaining the benefits of using facilitation processes, techniques and professionals. These are available to members for purchase and can be used for distribution to clients, colleagues and others interested in learning more about the profession.  

Visit their website at: for more info on the organization. If you're ready to join, click here. Full contact info for the organization is below.

The International Association of Facilitators
7630 West 145th Street, Suite 202
St. Paul, MN 55124 
TEL: (952) 891-3541  FAX (612) 891-1800


This week, have a look at the IAFsite if you haven't already. I'd love to hear you're perspectives on this. Please email them to me.

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