The Art and Science of Facilitation Workshop

Oct 30, 2013, 9:00am - 3:00pm

The Art and Science of Facilitation - October 30:

Rose Fisher Merkowitz and Treva Williams, OSU Extension educators, are facilitating this workshop on October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Ohio State University, Room 109 of the Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus. The registration fee is $125 per participant. To register and make payment, please go to

A good facilitator can make the difference between the success and failure of a group. Did you know there is an art and science to facilitation? A successful facilitator utilizes a variety of tools, processes and skills to lead a group to make decisions, solve problems and be most effective. This hands-on workshop focuses on learning and practicing the stages and characteristics of group facilitation. Participants will learn tips and techniques for dealing effectively with groups including dealing with conflict in a productive manner.

What is Facilitation? “A process in which a person is acceptable to all members of a group, substantively neutral and has no decision-making authority intervenes to help a group improve the way it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions, in order to increase the group’s effectiveness.” -R. Schwarz, The Skilled Facilitator

Participants will:

  • Understand facilitation and the facilitator roles
  • Assess and manage group dynamics Incorporate group problem-solving processes
  • Understand role of diversity, power and ethics
  • Recognize importance of humor and working miracles as a facilitator