Centre for Continuing Education

Person-Centred Facilitation Course

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In partnership with the Centre for Disability Studies
Offered in association with the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Sydney, an internationally recognised leader in the field of disability practice and research. The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) is a non-profit organisation that began operating in April 1997. It is affiliated with the Sydney Medical School. The Centre is governed by a Board of Directors. CDS has an Australian and international focus with close links with the world wide research community. The Vision and Mission of the CDS is to create and disseminate knowledge to improve the lives of people with disability through designing and developing research, teaching and clinical practice to inform disability policy and practice.

The purpose of this short course is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of person-centred facilitation. Opportunities will be provided to practice facilitation strategies and action methods suitable for leading groups, delivering training and giving presentations. The course delivery will model facilitative teaching.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the elements of person centred facilitation both theoretical and practical.
  2. Implement a range of person centred facilitation strategies.
  3. Apply action methods to working groups and the delivery of training.
  4. Structure sessions using facilitative teaching for training and presentations.
  5. Develop a toolkit of strategies for use within the role of facilitator.

Course content

This person-centred facilitation course covers the following topics:

  • Introductions & the development of the group. What is facilitation? - Rounds, Name Game, Expectations; Culture of the group; Individual and group purpose; Definitions.
  • Group Facilitation - Facilitation as a Leadership Style; The Elements of Facilitation; The Principles of Facilitation; Values, Beliefs & Behaviours of Facilitators.
  • The Role & Skills of the Facilitator - Facilitating a Group; Listening.
  • The Scope of Facilitation; The Facilitation of Self - The Art of Facilitation – When facilitating discussion.
  • Strategies for Facilitation; Facilitative Teaching - Continuums, Floor Maps, Opinion Maps.
  • Facilitation Practice; The Facilitation of Another - Intervening.
  • Further Facilitation Practice; Facilitator Competency - A Model of Facilitator Competencies.
  • Achieving Completion and Closure; Completion - A Possible Structure for a Facilitated Session.

Regular reflective practice

After each session spend some time (ten to fifteen minutes) reflecting on the ideas presented, the activities experienced and the interactions with others. Write brief notes (ten to fifteen sentences) to summarise your thoughts. While these notes are primarily for your benefit you may be asked to select one or two comments or ideas, to share within a small group exercise in class from time to time.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • The facilitator is a very lovely, dedicated, and person-centred trainer/facilitator, who actively modelled everything that was taught. A total delight!

  • I was pleasantly surprised. This course and facilitator not only provided the usual two or three learnings, but provided broader understandings that will shape my life and my relationships with others. It was grounded yet inspiring.

  • An exceptional tutor and inspired facilitator. Not only supporting the learning through practice of techniques, but reminding me of values and how to enact them. Thank you for this contribution to my life.

  • Excellent course, great facilitator – who could ask for anything more. Very well presented and very educational. Well done.

  • Walked away with lots of resources to apply and appreciated the ability to apply the theory continuously during the course. Enjoyed the diversity of perspectives from the other attending participants too.

  • What a fantastic course! And an excellent presenter. This course has impacted me in such a positive way. You can take aspects of what we learnt and apply it both your professional and personal life. A highly recommend this course to all!

  • The facilitator of this course was brilliant at giving students the knowledge and skills needed to either become facilitators or continue in that work, making the class inclusive, attentive and kept the pace of learning comfortable for all. The overall content was excellent and very informative.

  • The facilitator was extremely skilled at delivering the material and connected the group, allowing us to learn and grow our knowledge. Amazing experience and learnings I can implement at work, and outside of work!

  • Trainer was excellent and the material very relevant to practice.

  • The presenter was excellent! Obviously very knowledgeable and used a range of experiential learning activities rather than lecturing us about content. Had a lot of fun, learned a lot, and met some great people.

  • The course facilitator was simply incredible and I was bowled over with how wonderful, useful and invigorating the course was. Often training courses can be tedious and sporadically relevant but this course couldn’t have been more enjoyable and applicable. The way things were orchestrated was fantastic and I feel so empowered in facilitating going forward. I could not fault the course; one of the most treasured experiences I’ve had in many years with such an inspiring, kind and passionate group.

  • The tutor was so present with the class and really made you understand all the content and new concepts with countless practicals and also by explaining so well. I learnt so much and am very happy I invested in this.

  • Deeply appreciated the presenters work with us; more than a bit of an alchemist as across the two days they managed to turn what could have been significant vexations into shiny stuff.

  • This course led us to understand person-centred facilitation by modelling it and allowing us to practice throughout the course. Very experiential learning. The course was excellent because he made it simple, easy and fun!

  • This was a fantastic course, with two amazing tutors. I would rate this as one of the best courses I have ever attended. The tutors were genuinely interested in their subject and students – authentic and inspiring! And, the course was fun! I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested not only in person-centred group facilitation, but in improving their communication skills, confidence, and developing facilitation skills of any kind.

  • Excellent course! Was so fantastic! I learnt so many new skills in facilitation and the way the course was run was exciting and fresh each week. Would thoroughly recommend it!

  • This was the best course I have attended through CCE. The content, delivery and student interaction was fantastic and I wouldnt hesitate to recommend it to others.