Facilitator Tips

The workshop facilitator has the most important role. Facilitators must motivate and guide workshop participants, manage discussions, maintain a safe environment, be responsive, mediate, keep sessions on track, and provide praise and positive affirmations when needed. Selecting appropriate facilitators is critical to an effective workshop.

Successful facilitators are leaders who communicate effectively and respectfully in group settings. They are self-aware and ethical, committed to personal growth, and are approachable, sincere and welcoming to newcomers.

Facilitators do not have to be experts or have professional experience but prior professional or paraprofessional experience working with groups, particularly working with people with disabilities, is helpful. Past experience might include:

  • Leading groups of people in a professional, paraprofessional or volunteer role
  • Working with people who have disabilities as a peer, volunteer or professional
  • Certification in other relevant trainings such as peer support
  • Volunteering with community groups

Living & Working Well Facilitator Peer-to-Peer Series

Beginning in 2018, RTC:Rural will be hosting a new Peer-to-Peer Series for Living and Working Well with a Disability facilitators! There will be four conference calls each year.

The Peer-to-Peer Series conference calls are free conference calls open to all Living and Working Well with a Disability facilitators. During each hour-long conference call, facilitators share their experiences, skills, and challenges with the group. Each call focuses on a topic related to facilitation. All Living and Working Well with a Disability facilitators are invited to participate in these free calls. Highlights from each call are collected below in “FAQ” (Facilitator-Answered Questions) sheets:


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