The role of a facilitator is to create a safe space for open dialogue which includes respect, honesty, and listening. They facilitate a scripted process from talking about what happens to completing an agreement with all parties. A facilitator is flexible, aware of communication and dialogue styles, provides supportive space for all voices to be heard, and guides the process from beginning to end.
Facilitators go through 20 hours of training, a period of apprenticeship, and are expected to facilitate at least eight times in a year. Trainings are on an ongoing basis. First steps are outlined here, and if you are interested contact our Program Manager, Tina Sigel, to take part in our next facilitator training.