Advanced Facilitation Skills Programme

Advanced Facilitation Skills training course which will take your facilitation to a whole new level

Advanced Facilitation Skills

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Our Advanced Facilitation Skills course is a rich, rewarding and challenging experience for experienced facilitators to deepen their ability to work with groups. The programme explores the nature of advanced facilitation techniques and complex group dynamics.  It is highly practical with group work, real-world exercises and peer review.  This course draws upon dialogic tools and group and social learning models. Every step of this programme will incorporate your learning into practicable application.

This programme is for you if

  • You are an experienced facilitator, manager, HR, OD L&D professional or change agent who wants to enhance your personal understanding of self as an expert in terms of your role as a facilitator.
  • You wish to establish a deeper understanding of your own principles and approaches to advanced facilitation techniques. As well as developing an understanding of group dynamics and their role in enhancing a facilitator’s impact.
  • You want to focus on areas of personal development throughout and after the programme. You want to take the opportunity to review your approach and style and learn about new ways of facilitation.
  • To increase self-awareness, impact and confidence in the role of facilitator
  • Be able to increase the range of situations you can address
  • Deepen further your understanding of working with group dynamics
  • Build greater awareness of the impact of organisations on the behaviour of individuals and groups
  • Be able to establish a deeper understanding of the social nature of learning
  • Individuals will have the gravitas, confidence and tools to demonstrate a wider range of creative approaches. This will help organisations and groups to achieve their objectives
  • Understand how to use their personal impact on groups and individuals to good effect
  • Have a range of approaches to be a skillful facilitator. You will be able to deal with challenging situations and deal with complicated group dynamics
  • Be more skilled in facilitating change by challenging and supporting teams to make difficult, quality choices


Not sure if advanced facilitation skills is for you?

We offer two facilitation skills programmes as open programmes. They start with our Practical Facilitation Skills course which develops the understanding of the role and skills of facilitation. Our Advanced Facilitation Skills course dives deeper into group dynamics and the advanced facilitator role.

Diagram showing advanced facilitation skills pathway

We also deliver these programmes in organisation as either an in-house programme for teams or as part of a wider, tailored development programme. For more information please contact us.

The online Advanced Facilitation Skills course has been an utter delight. The team at Roffey Park have done an extraordinary job at translating the learning to an online setting. They are very obviously putting a huge amount of energy in behind the scenes to ensure our learning experience is rich, inviting, transformational and potent.

Rachel Turner, Achieve Unlimited

How we deliver programmes online

Programme outline

  • Advanced Facilitation Skills consists of ten 90-minute online modules held over four weeks.
  • This programme is highly practical using real examples and academic models.
  • The programme cohort will act as your group allowing for quick peer feedback from practice sessions. Helping you understand your impact and giving you the opportunity to practise your methods and approaches in a supportive learning environment.

Module 1: The context and role of advanced facilitation skills

  • Articulate the role and purpose of facilitation and how it adds value to your organisation
  • Identify the key challenges or ‘blocks’ you face in the role as facilitator within your organisation
  • Demonstrate awareness of your current impact, qualities and skills

Module 2: Collaborative inquiry and building buy-in

  • Be able to conduct a collaborative inquiry
  • Describe several options for handling organisational politics, power and other challenging situations

Module 3: Planning and designing an event

  • Articulate and critique various approaches to planning an event
  • Describe and critique different approaches to learning design
  • Identify the steps to planning their session in accordance with their preferred approach

Module 4: Individual and organisational learning

  • Describe how adults typically learn,
  • Map their development journey
  • Define what is meant by social learning and identify opportunities for this within their organisations

Module 5: The role of dialogue

  • Demonstrate awareness of key aspects of the dialogic approach
  • Articulate how to engage groups using the dialogic approach

Module 6: Potency, Permission and Protection

  • Describe the significance of potency, protection and permission to the role of facilitator
  • Demonstrate awareness of their impact and steps they can take to enhance their presence
  • Describe psychological safety and how to build this in a group

Module 7: Reading Group Dynamics

  • Articulate the role and responsibility held by the facilitator in terms of a group process
  • Describe how to identify and interpret group process with reference to relevant theory or frameworks
  • Identify strategies for engaging in group process

Module 8: Facilitating with Group Dynamics

  • Articulate what is meant by group dynamics and the significance of this to facilitation
  • Demonstrate awareness of how to read group dynamics, how to build trust and psychological safety

Module 9: Organisational context

  • Demonstrate awareness of the interplay between the organisation and the behaviour of individuals and groups
  • Identify key patterns and how to make use of this insight in the role of facilitator

Module 10: Focusing on what is possible, not what is likely

  • Describe the difference between technical problems and adaptive challenges
  • Describe how to address an adaptive challenge
  • Demonstrate awareness of how to enable collaboration and working alliances

Dates and Fees

  • Online: There are ten 90-minute modules facilitated live with a 30-minute break in between.
  • Online sessions will begin at 09:00 (UK time) Check your local time here
Online DatesFees

VirtualJuly 2022
Launch Call: 20 July 2022
Module 1 and 2: 21 July 2022
Module 3 and 4: 22 July 2022
Module 5 and 6: 28 July 2022
Module 7 and 8: 29 July 2022
Module 9 and 10: 5 August 2022

Virtual November 2022
Launch Call: 9 November 2022
Module 1 and 2: 10 November 2022
Module 3 and 4: 11 November 2022
Module 5 and 6: 17 November 2022
Module 7 and 8: 18 November 2022
Module 9 and 10: 25 November 2022

Face to Face – February 2023
6 – 8 February 2023


Face to Face

*The price is net of any chargeable VAT or GST

We offer a limited number of discounted places to registered charities. Please contact our client services to find out more.