Foundations in Facilitation Skills

Foundations in Facilitation is a suite of short courses totalling just 5 days, and leading to accreditation at Level 1. It is designed for those who want to consolidate, broaden and enliven their style of facilitation. The accreditation aspect is particularly suited to those who wish to chart their professional development, and who are committed to maintaining good practice. Whilst you will be provided with facilitation models, tools and tips, we recognise that the greatest resource you bring to groups is yourself and the impact that you have in engaging, leading and developing others. 

About The Course

The Facilitator’s Toolkit (2 days)

In this two day workshop you will explore your role as group facilitator with particular attention to skills practice and awareness building in the live group setting. We will introduce you to Dimensions of Facilitator Style, a practical toolkit designed to equip you with the confidence and skill to effectively handle group processes and group tasks, paying attention to structure and interventions before, during and after an event. You will learn how to direct and guide groups hierarchically, and to work in cooperative and autonomous ways too, as appropriate. You will be encouraged to become aware of your own skills, experience, personality and preferences, and use and flex your facilitator style with self-awareness, authority and personal presence.

Group Dynamics (2 days)

In this two day workshop you will explore your personal process as a group member and the direct impact that this has on your facilitator style. You will become aware of the effect that prevailing group dynamics has on you, including; your attitudes, assumptions, personal triggers, and defences. Time is given to explore the nature of projection and transference, and developing personal strategies for handling them. You will become more comfortable in handling situations as they emerge, and more aware of the subtle influence that you have on a group, and vice versa.

Self and Peer Assessment and Accreditation (1 day + Course Work)

Having written a detailed self-assessment against the FACETS® competencies, and gathered supporting evidence, this day will consolidate your learning into a clear statement of accreditation. This is your gateway to Accredited Membership of the Association of Facilitators.

Who is this for?

Typically, people who attend Foundations in Facilitation Skills are:

  • working within an organisation as a change agent, group/team leader, manager, director  or project manager
  • in chairing roles at meetings with developmental, strategic or operational purpose (be that business, charity or education)
  • occasionally called upon to facilitate groups, meetings and teams
  • working as a consultant, change agent, trainer to a client organisation
  • embarking upon a career in facilitation or leadership

Costs, Dates, Location and Application

The cost of this five day open course in the UK is £1908. This price includes VAT, lunch and all course materials but does not include an overnight stay (approximately £80-100pn).  Our Nov-Jan programme in Tallinn will cost 2250 EUR and it also includes lunch and materials but no accommodation. The Estonia event is by invitation only at this stage. For further information, please contact

This course leads to accreditation.

UK courses are held at Highfield Park, Heckfield, Hook, RG27 0LG.

If you are interested in attending please also read the information for participants and complete the application form.