PROSOCIAL INTRODUCTORY FACILITATOR TRAINING
Join us for the Prosocial Introductory Facilitator Training. At the end of this 10 week course, you will be able to:
Use a simple but highly effective set of tools for mobilizing deep change with individuals and groups
Help groups become more purposeful, equitable, inclusive, accountable and harmonious, even if they have experienced conflict or disengagement
Evaluate the effectiveness of any group
In this highly interactive training session, you will be supported in your learning in four main ways:
- Weekly consultation sessions where you can engage with new techniques being demonstrated, and share your challenges and insights with others with loads of experience bringing about change in groups and organisations.
- An online discussion forum where you can share resources, ask questions and explore the Prosocial framework in more depth with your facilitator and colleagues on the course.
- Regular team meetings with others doing the course working in a similar sector and/or region and supported by a personal coach dedicated to working with your team.
- Access to an online learning management system that contains videos, readings, exercises and a sequence of four main assignments to support you in your learning.
Four main assignments for the course help you improve your skills as a Prosocial facilitator.
You will get to:
- Run an individual ACT matrix with someone
- Run a collective ACT matrix with a group
- Investigate how one or more of the Core Design Principles applies to your own situation and industry, and
- Write a draft plan for how you will implement Prosocial following the training.
Of course, each step of the way you will be given all the tools and tips you need to complete these assignments successfully.
Week 1: This is our introductory week. We will do an overview of Prosocial as an idea, a community, a research effort and a process. We will do introductions to one another and explore what is in the course.
Week 2: In this second week we will take a deeper dive into the different modules of Prosocial as a process, how they all fit together and how the order of the modules can be varied.
Week 3: A key piece of Prosocial is psychological flexibility. In this week we introduce our main tool for building individual and collective psychological flexibility - the ACT matrix.
Week 4: An opportunity to reflect on what we have learned so far about psychological flexibility and to build our skills. We will also probably begin introducing the collective matrix this week.
Week 5: This week we will be consolidating and practicing the collective matrix in the service of Core Design Principle 1: Shared Identity and Purpose.
Week 6: This week we will do a deep dive into all the other core design principles. How can we talk about them and what is most important to understand about them as a facilitator?
Weeks 7 & 8: Teams will be presenting what they have learned about the Core Design Principles
Week 9: This week we will explore the last module of the Prosocial process, goal setting. And we will do that in the context of your final assignment on planning for how you will implement Prosocial in your context.
Week 10: A wrap up week. We will be building off your plans and dealing with questions like how to talk about Prosocial with people you would like to work with.
The following visual depicts the journey for course participants. The orange team symbols depict team meetings to complete the various assignments.
The course will involve a total time commitment of approximately 50 hours, although you can spend more on it if you wish to go more deeply.
Your learning will be supported by:
- Online videos, readings and exercises (approximately 1.5-3 hours per week)
- Three team meetings (including a coach) (approximately 2 hours each)
- Weekly consultation sessions (10 * 60 min)
- Reading and contributing to the online forum (30 minutes a week)
Our aim is not just to share some of our excitement with you about the power of PROSOCIAL, but also to create an environment where you can learn from your highly skilled colleagues on the course. Each week, in addition to learning the key concepts and techniques, you will have a chance to apply the ideas to groups that you know about. You can apply this work to any group - families, work-teams, sporting or community groups.
When you complete the course you will be invited to join our international community of practice where you will be able to share your ideas and get answers to your questions about how to deepen and extend this work.
Below are the starting dates for each of the upcoming courses. Each course last for 10 weeks at the same time each week. The starting times should show in your local time. You will notice there is a choice of two times for the consultation sessions depending on where you are in the world. Although all sessions will be video recorded, please choose a course time where you can attend most or all of the sessions.