Advanced facilitation

 BRISBANE     (postponed until covid19
                         trajectory is better

This is a workshop for people who have several months experience as a facilitator or consultant, or who have worked as a manager or team leader using a facilitatory style, or who have already completed the “Foundations of facilitation” workshop or equivalent.  People who have almost no prior experience of facilitation may find the Foundations of facilitation workshop more appropriate to their needs.


People who already have some skills and experience at facilitating small groups, who wish to enhance their skills and understanding through a mix of theory, instruction, and practice.  They may or may not think of themselves as "facilitators".  People who will benefit may include

  • educators  
  • facilitators  
  • learning and development officers and trainers  
  • consultants and change agents  
  • workers in extension or landcare  
  • action researchers and action learning facilitators
  • team leaders and managers
  • project team leaders ...

...  people whose work includes helping teams and groups to perform more effectively and enjoyably, and would like to become even more effective at it.

When is it?

Two days:
Day 1: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(registration and coffee from 8:30 a.m.)
Day 2: 9 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m.

Dates will be chosen when future constraints are better known.


Walkabout Creek conference centre, 60 Mt Nebo Road, The Gap.  (Some satnavs give the suburb as Enoggera Reservoir.)

This is a beautiful bushland setting in Brisbane's western suburbs. There is parking on site, and public transport.  The Gap Park & Ride bus terminal (bus route 385) is about 800 metres away.


Skills, concepts, processes and techniques for facilitation, possibly including the following, or other desired facilitation topics.  The actual workshop topics will be negotiated with participants. Regular topics have included the following:

  • designing, observing and diagnosing group process
  • preparatory work for groups: goal setting, climate setting, relationship building
  • using processes derived from complexity theory for problem solving or decision making when rational processes won't work
  • facilitating meetings for problem-solving and decision-making
  • facilitating learning processes or change processes using experiential and participative methods
  • intervening in difficult situations and in large groups.

Action research principles and processes are used to fine tune the workshop as it progresses.


Participants will help to determine the process and content of the workshop.  Subject to this negotiation they can anticipate an involving process that provides a mix of theory, discussion and practice.  There will be small group work to help participants consolidate the skills, techniques and concepts.

Participants may ask for pre-work to help them prepare for the workshop and obtain the most from it.  There will also be attention given to learning transfer -- how to implement learning at work.


The workshop facilitator is Bob Dick, a Brisbane-based educator, facilitator and consultant.  His reputation in these fields is based on almost five decades of consulting and facilitation experience in a variety of settings.

Those of you who are familiar with his work will know that his style is casual and participative, his processes robust and learnable, and his documentation clear, readable and practical.  His workshops are characterised by an integration of theory and practice, with equal emphasis on the development of skills and understanding.  The processes and models he helps others learn are those which he makes use of in his own work.


The fee for the two days is $770.00 payable in advance, or $660.00 if received 4 weeks before the workshop start.  All prices quoted are in Australian dollars and include GST.

Cancellations will result in a 90 per cent refund if received by 9 days before the workshop, and a 50 per cent refund if received 48 hours before the workshop start.  Alternatively, participants who are unable to attend are welcome to substitute someone else.

A limited number of half-price bursaries may be available for those genuinely unable to pay the full fee, or other arrangements may be possible.  Teams of two or more from a single organisation may qualify for a generous discount.  Contact us (07 3378 5365) for details.

To register

Telephone Camilla at (07) 3378 5365 and charge your attendance to your Visa or MasterCard or arrange a direct bank transfer.  Or print out and complete the subscription form, and mail, email or fax it to Interchange.  Contact details for Interchange are on the subscription form.

Negotiate your own in-house workshop

If you would prefer to have a workshop specifically designed to meet your particular needs, and run for you in your organisation or community, Interchange would be pleased to do that.  Important advantages of in-house and in-community workshops include their relevance (we fine-tune them to your needs), their greater ease of application to real local issues, and the opportunity to plan for transfer of learning to the job.  We would welcome the opportunity to help you plan for learning transfer with prework or follow-up activities.

Enquire about possible virtual skill development and team coaching.

Interchange    37 Burbong Street  Chapel Hill  Queensland  4069    Australia
Telephone (07) 3378 5365   Fax (07) 3878 4338   email

Maintained by Bob Dick.  This page last revised 2020 06 17.

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