Date: 1/29/2018, 9:00 am—4:30 pm
County: Alameda County
Sponsor: Fred Finch Youth & Family Services
In our current social climate, we are increasingly responsible for facilitating uncomfortable and challenging conversations with youth, families, and colleagues. Whether a new or veteran facilitator, challenges arise in leading these discussions. In this interactive workshop attendees will learn to effectively address disengagement, arguments, and divisiveness. We will also examine our social identities (race, gender, etc.), and explore how group participants are impacted by oppression. Addressing oppression, as a root of facilitation challenges will enable you to overcome nuanced issues that derail groups, empower you to create a safe space, and manage common facilitation challenges effectively and successfully. During this two day workshop, participants will explore and practice facilitation skills and methodologies needed to engage meaningful, effective, 1:1, and small intergroup conversations related to oppression and privilege. In this interactive session we will cultivate a critical and compassionate understanding of the difference between “safe” and “comfortable” conversations and learn how to push through discomfort to engage these important learning opportunities. We will increase our skill in compassionately discussing the construction and impacts of oppression to youth, families, and colleagues who are at varying levels of experience, and who may not share our beliefs and values. And will deepen our ability to effectively engage these conversations to connect across difference and begin deconstructing the culture of oppression.