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Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, Second Edition



ISBN: 978-1-939019-19-6
SIZE: 6 x 9


“Facilitation is both an art and science. By its very nature, it is an experiential practice… it takes practice balanced with reflection and more practice… it is an ever dynamic process of give and take, learning and development.”

The first edition of Tips & Tools, published almost a decade ago, was embraced enthusiastically by seasoned experiential educators and training professionals seeking inspiration, new perspectives, and an insightful overview of experiential learning. We have received a great deal of positive feedback from readers who have made this book their go-to resource, sharing Tips & Tools with students, clients, and colleagues to enhance the art of group facilitation and teaching.
The second edition of Tips & Tools eclipses the first with insights gained from another decade of experience in group facilitation and new information coming from the field of educational neuroscience. As a result, the ideas and methods focused on active engagement, ownership in learning, and facilitating meaningful reflection have been greatly expanded. The layout of information is more effective—experiential theory and perspectives, hands-on activities, and teachable moments flow from one chapter to the next—making this edition an essential resource for practicing and teaching the art of experiential group facilitation.




Table of Contents

Introduction to Second Edition
Chapter 1: Laying the Foundation
The Experiential Approach
Brain-Based Learning
Principles of Experiential Education✽
Guiding Your Group
Practices of a Participant-Centered Facilitator✽
The Power of Play
Chapter 2: Setting the Tone: A Positive Environment for Learning
Recipe for Building a Positive Group Environment
Key Ingredients for Creating Positive Learning Environments✽
The Physical Environment
Starting With Style
Benefits of Using Objects/Images as Starter/Transitional Activities✽
Beware the Icebreaker
The Next Step: Building Rapport
Importance of Names
Chapter 3: Designing the Experience: Sequencing Group Activities
Sequencing Suggestions✽
Emotional Safety
Knowing Your Group
Chapter 4: Creating Ownership and Facilitating Involvement
Control and Responsibility
Challenge and Choice
What Builds Trust?
Authentic Trust Building✽
Involving Reluctant Group Members✽
Showing Appreciation and Celebrating Success
Establishing or Formalizing Group Norms
Chapter 5: Aspects of Effective Facilitation: Cultivating Style
Attitude is Everything
Know the Why Behind What You Do
Connecting Creativity and Facilitation✽
Welcome the Unexpected/Trust Group Process
Be Culturally Sensitive
Adapt to Varying Needs and Abilities
Allow for Labor in Learning
What Is Success?
The Language We Use: Reflection Versus Debriefing
The Improvisational Facilitator
Chapter 6: Facilitation Tricks and Tips
Engaging Ways to Manage the Group
Healthy Competition
Using Group Consensus Activities
Take Advantage of Transitions
Something In Your Back Pocket
The Creative Use of Props
Integrating Popular Culture
Re-Use, Repurpose, Upcycle
Chapter 7: Meaningful Reflection Brings Learning to Life
The Brain, Learning, and Reflection
Facilitating Reflection
Sequencing Reflection
Processing in the Middle of an Experience
The Art of Facilitating Reflection✽
Twists on the Traditional Sharing Circle
Creating Meaning With Metaphor
Using Pictures/Objects in Reflection✽
Ideas for Using Art in Reflection✽
Self-Reflection and Journaling
The Icing on the Cake/Strong Endings
Benefits of Reflective Practice
Chapter 8: Tying It All Together
Record Keeping
Did It Work? Outcomes-Based Evaluation
Action Research
Tips for Facilitator Reflection/Information Gathering✽
Closing Thoughts
Appendix A: Team Tally
Activity List
About the Author 


Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation

SKU: 9781939019196
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