course »Facilitation and Communication Skills for Child Welfare Professionals: Engaging in Critical Dialogues with Love and Compassion (Part 1 of 2)

Date: 9/24/2019, 9:15 am—4:45 pm
County: Alameda County
CEUs: 12
Location: Berkeley
Sponsor: A Better Way, Inc.
Phone: 510-601-0203
2-Day Training

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 facilitation skills to effectively address disengagement, arguments, and divisiveness with love and compassion. As part of our exploration, we will examine our social identities (race, gender, etc.), and explore how youth and families in the child welfare system are impacted by oppression. Addressing oppression, as a root of facilitation challenges will enable you to overcome nuanced issues that derail conversations, empower you to create a safe space, and allow you to manage common facilitation challenges effectively and successfully. While facilitating these conversations with love and compassion will create room for connection, healing, forgiveness of self and others, and positive individual/social change.

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 from a place of love and compassion. 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 we will deepen our ability to effectively engage these conversations to connect across difference and begin deconstructing the culture of oppression.

*Participants must attend both days. New attendees will not be accepted on day two!! PLEASE MAKE SURE TO ALSO REGISTER FOR THE SECOND DAY OF THIS TRAINING ON SEPTEMBER 26th.