Topics: Effective communication skills, overcoming challenges while facilitating, group decision-making
Description: A core function of coalitions is making decisions as a group around the most pressing issues affecting their communities. How can we effectively solve problems together, reach consensus, and resolve conflict? Being a dynamic facilitator means you can get a pulse of the group and direct the conversation to productive decision-making. However, this involves managing different personalities in the room and troubleshooting challenges as they come up. This training will provide a brief introduction to elements of facilitation and how to navigate difficult facilitation scenarios. Participants will be exposed to various challenging facilitation examples and work in small groups to practice working through facilitation challenges.
Audience: Coalition leaders and members, community advocates, and public health professionals leading meetings.
Trainers: Gina Rodriguez and Kelly Danckert, Community Health Training Institute
Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Name the basic elements of dynamic facilitation.
2. Name best practices for reaching consensus and resolving conflict.
3. Identify strategies for overcoming difficult facilitation situations.
MA DPH Coalition Criteria Addressed:
1. Defined leadership, e.g. a lead organization or lead volunteer structure.
2. Membership that is reflective of the community.
3. Defined structure for strategic planning and decision-making.
4. Defined coalition member roles.