Effective facilitation is a must-have for organisations. It is a key competence that must be present for making sense and taking action when things are uncertain and ambiguous. Advanced Facilitation Skills offers practitioners a stimulating and challenging environment to take their facilitation techniques and practice to deeper levels. Spending time working in the underlying, unseen group environment and in the ‘here-and-now’, the group explores their own function as a group and as individuals to better understand how groups function, and how they as individuals show up and work with and in groups.

Course Overview

Advanced Facilitation Skills is a three-day facilitation skills training programme that is a rich, rewarding and challenging experience for experienced facilitators to deepen their ability to work with groups. The programme explores the nature of facilitation and group dynamics while examining contemporary learning theories and different approaches to the art of facilitation.

Advanced Facilitation Skills – Programme Summary

Advanced Facilitation Skills is a three-day facilitation skills programme that is a rich, rewarding and challenging experience for experienced facilitators.  Key features of the programme include:

Highly practical and experiential
The programme design is highly practical and includes individual skills practice sessions on which you receive feedback on your personal impact.

Focused on group dynamics
Participants explore the nature and impact of group dynamics and how working with groups in this area can streamline their work.

Stimulating and challenging
Participants are encouraged to take their practice to deeper levels through spending time working in the underlying, unseen group environment and in the ‘here-and-now’. By doing this the group explores their own function as a group and as individuals to better understand how groups function, and how they as individuals show up and work with and in groups.

Is this programme for me?

Advanced Facilitation skills is aimed at those who are experienced at facilitating groups or meetings but want to unlock their full potential as a facilitator.  This programme is for you if:

  • You are an experienced facilitator, HR, OD L&D professional or change agent who wants to enhance your impact, competence and confidence. You want to take the opportunity to review your approach and style, learn about new approaches to facilitation and gain a deeper, practical understanding of group process.

This programme isn’t for you, if you are new to the field of facilitation.  If this is the case, please check out Practical Facilitation Skills to find out more.  If you are in any doubt about which programme is right for you please call the open programmes team on 01293 854059 who will be pleased to talk it through with you.

What will you be able to do at the end of the course?

Greater impact with groups
You’ll understand how to manage your impact and influence as a facilitator and how to focus groups on the task whilst working with them flexibly to achieve their goals.

Greater confidence
You’ll be able to make more confident, timely and effective interventions in relation to group dynamics and individual participation.

Deeper knowledge and practice
You’ll have a greater awareness of a range of approaches to use with groups to build commitment, generate ideas, deal with conflict and make decisions.

Delivery Team

Programme Director: Andy Firth

Helena Clayton
Suzanne Penn
Shelly Hossain
Sue Binks

What you’ll get out of Advanced Facilitation Skills

Advanced Facilitation Skills attracts experienced facilitators who want to deepen their practice.  The programme offers a deep, experiential experience that enables participants to return to their organisations with a much greater capacity to add value to groups. At Roffey Park, our experts are here to get the best out of you so you can give the best back. Sign up today.

To find out more about the programme contact Juliet Batchelor.  We can also run this programme as an in-house programme which can be real value-for-money for groups of six or more. 

Contact Juliet Batchelor by email or telephone 01293 854059

Benefits for Organisations

On completing Advanced Facilitation Skills, participants will:

  • Be able to act as an effective conduit for learning
  • Have the confidence and understanding to demonstrate a wider range of creative approaches to help groups achieve their objectives.
  • Understand how to use their personal impact on groups and individuals to good effect
  • Have a range approaches to be a skilful facilitator, able to deal with challenging siutations and deal with group dynamics
  • Be more skilled in facilitating change by challenging and supporting teams to make difficult, quality choices

Benefits for Participants

On completing Advanced Facilitation Skills, participants will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of your impact in and on groups.
  • Explore and work at deeper levels of group interaction, spending time in the hidden ‘group process’ space.
  • Know how to use models of facilitation and group dynamics to grow your practice
  • Have a deeper self-awareness of the practice of facilitation – essential for OD

Affirming and stretching. Reflection inducing. Enlightening. Fantastic group to work with. Great facilitators who enabled the group beautifully and shared insights and depth of knowledge.

Sally Golding, Oxfam.

Incredible. I am delighted to have had such a great experience which was so personal and useful.  Thank you so much for your exquisite attention, support, challenge and sharing of knowledge

Bethan Jones, Munich Re Underwriting Ltd

Programme director

Photo of Dr Sue Binks
Dr Sue Binks ,MSc, BSc, PhD
Meet the team

When, where and prices

Location Course Duration in days Dates Status Residential price Non-residential price Options
Horsham 3 to Available £1,750* N/A Book
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2 +1 to Available N/A €1,100 Book
Dublin 1 available N/A N/A
Horsham (London Gatwick), UK Horsham 3 to Available £1,250* N/A Book

Programme Outline

Advanced Facilitation skills is a three-day programme for experienced facilitators.

Day one

The programme begins by exploring the territory and field of facilitation before going on to understand group dynamics and group process.  Participants identify where they are in this field and begin to plan their individual practice session that take place on day two.

Day two

Day two is highly practical with each participant given the opportunity to design and facilitate sessions to explore areas of interest in the fields of facilitation, group working and personal development, to share experiences and reflections, and to receive feedback on their personal style and approach.  They also spend some dedicated time intentionally working the ‘here-and-now’.

Day three

The final day of the programme consists of workshops on topics of interest to the group.  Recent sessions include co-facilitation, working with large groups and managing specific challenges.  The final afternoon is a space for reflection and action planning.