Socrates’s mother was a midwife and he compared his own work as a philosopher with the work of his mother as a midwife. Schwegler writes of Socrates: “his office was rather to help others bring forth thoughts than to produce them himself”
This is a perfect description of the role of a facilitator. By asking questions and creating space for participants to “bring forth” their ideas, participants can create their own data and in doing so, develop an understanding and level of commitment deeper than if they had been given the data by someone else (much in the same way, as Socrates observed from his mother’s work, we think our own children are more unique and amazing than anyone else’s). The process of facilitation is not always as easy as it appears and requires as much preparation as delivering a presentation or teaching. The facilitator needs to prepare a range of questions that will encourage exploration, the sharing of ideas and reflection.
A good starting point is to develop open questions that invite participants to share their experience and views. This can then be followed up with more probing questions that are still open but a little more specific. Usually the final question is a closed reflective question, this helps participants clarify the point that has been reached and can be used by the facilitator to check out they have understood.
Another quality of the facilitator is to understand the group dynamic. This involves being able to recognise, classify and respond to the behaviours and norms demonstrated by a group. A gender dynamic that you may need to address is how women and men generally behave in the learning environment. Without making stereotypes, it is a common experience that some men will take up more “air time” than some women and often men will take on responsibility for feeding back from group work etc. This is a group dynamic issue that both women and men create. As a facilitator, you need to be aware of this potential and ensure you do not collude with reinforcing a stereotype about the behaviours and contributions of men and women in groups.
Effectively managing conflict and conflicting ideas is also a key component of facilitation. It is not necessary or desirable that people all agree, but it is important that participants can be respectful in asserting their differences. A part of the role of the facilitator is to maintain a respectful environment.
We update our facilitation practises by researching, developing and innovating new tools, techniques and approaches. We are strongly committed to continuous professional development as this forms the basis for maintaining a leading edge to our work. The cornerstone of successful facilitation of events, workshops and team retreats relies upon careful design and preparation. This is based on good team working, open communication and the requisite skills of managing group dynamics, strong listening skills and structured questioning techniques.
Schwegier A (1890) Handbook Of The History Of Philosophy (Kessinger Publishing’s Photocopy Edition) by Albert Schwegler, James H. Stirling (Translator) Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (Jul 2007)
We perceive and approach training as a process. Building on the work of David Kolb, we design our learning events to build on the prior knowledge and experience of the participants and undertake a journey of exploration, testing and experimentation to arrive at new learning and conclusions. By using Kolb’s learning cycle as the basis for our design, we can also acknowledge and speak to the four different learning preferences that will be present in the training room and cater for both introverted and extroverted learners alike. This ensures that each person will find some comfort zone during the learning event. We believe that drawing on the experiences of adult learners demonstrates respect and helps to build a trusting environment where people are relaxed and not defensive and can bring their honest thoughts and ideas into the room without fear of ridicule or judgement. We believe learning should be fun, but not at the expense of meeting the objectives of the learning event or the ambitions of individual learners. There is no reason (apart from lack of preparation) for learning to be boing, or for people to be subjected to long PowerPoint presentations.
We are able to offer a great deal of experience in designing and delivering both face to face and distance learning activities and events. Here is a list of some of the things we already have experience of delivering, the list is not exhaustive, but gives an idea of our range;
Programmes vary between 0.5 days and up to ten days, often delivered in a modular format over a period of several months.
Kolb, D. (1984) Experiential Learning: experience as the source of learning and development, Englewood cliffs, prentice Hall
Coaching is largely future oriented and helps the person recognise both the obstacles and options ahead of them. In turn this aims to support each person in making the choices and taking the actions to bring about their desired result. Some basic information about our coaching methods:
To access one of our coaches please look through the coach profiles on the International Coaching Hub, this is not a “yellow pages” these are all coaches that we know and trust. We have worked, coached and trained with them and we are confident of their skills and abilities. If you see someone who might be a good coach for you, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange an opportunity for the coach of your choice to give you a call so you can decide if they are the right coach for you. We look forward in supporting you!
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There is the side to coaching which primarily deals with the clients whole nature, this is not do do with the mundane activities that we have to do or the stresses of conscious activities that we want to solve within a job or our relationships with others, this is about what lies within, surrounding and beyond the person. These elements are about what we essentially have become and what the person derives and aspires to. Ever had an experience that you cannot explain well, but are deeply connected to in some way? This is a clue to something that is important to your evolvement. In this type of coaching Transpersonal techniques are used so that the client can begin to surface this greater aspect of the Self. Once this starts to happen distinct and often quite remarkable things start to occur and the realisation of these things can be life changing. Transpersonal work is useful when people are trying to address patterns or issues which are not so obviously dealt with, it is a method which allows the person to grow in a sensitive yet deeply spiritual way.
Once the term “Hypnosis” is mentioned many believe that it is about either stage entertainment, influencing people to do things that present the person in an embarrassing situation or something spooky that is used against their will. Neither of this happens in true Hypnotherapy.
Hypnosis being used to support people’s well being is quite old, the ancient Greek sleep healing temple of Asklepios springs to mind here. The patient would clean and prepare themselves before their treatment by Asklepios in the Abaton. There he would whisper his intentions to them, based on their ailment or conditions. Later in history with a particular focus on Franz Mesmer, we can see that his initial belief in animal magnetism, magnetic fluid and the “natural tides” of the self opened an appreciation to the connectedness of the inner personality. However, as we recognise today, the success of his patients’ recovery was largely due to the environment he created, tools used, his h2 theatrical delivery and h2 personality that made him a successful healer. This supports the idea about the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client which is paramount to the client’s ability to self heal or recover. The power of suggestion can transform experience and helps the client be more open to clinical intervention.
Hypnotic methodologies are now accepted as a way to modify behaviour and this is used to help the client to modify their thinking and restructure their beliefs which may trigger unwanted ways of behaving. There is also a significant amount of questioning from the therapist to the client to help the client surface their solutions, this questioning can be linked all the way back to Socratic and Aristotelian systems. The union of hypnotic and psychotherapy techniques seem to comfortably merge together well and can address a range of psychological and medical conditions. This multimodal approach has been celebrated as a model for flexibility and effectiveness.
Hypnosis can greatly help when clients talk about a lack of meaning, unexplained anxiety or impending doom in their lives; hypno-psychotherapy provides us with a greater capacity to work with issues about dysfunction and diminished self-efficacy. It is interesting that the client has all the answers they need, the answers just need to reveal themselves from the sub-conscious to the conscious state.
Why would Art be important in healing? Art, as Jung suggested, is the language of the Soul and this idea supports an approach by using art to help the client, this can be highly beneficial. Art therapy can be the act of making art which is therapeutic in itself, or it can be about using art in therapy; this can be producing art this can be producing art to reveal meaning or experiencing others art for discovery of personal meaning. This involves the therapist, alongside the client, questioning about made art by the client or observed responses to art that they interpret to elicit responses toward meaning. Art Therapy is these days used in conjunction with other techniques such as Person Centred, Gestalt and Narrative therapies. The significant reasons for us in using Art Therapy can support the client in being able to connect to and work with resolving emotional conflict, improved self-awareness, liberating creativity and to develop and further personal growth and evolvement.
This is about being able to work with the client about specific concerns ; examples are stress, anxiety, loss and depression. This can often draw on the approaches mentioned above. Clients bring to us a variety of needs and concerns ; these, for example, can be the desire to lose weight – stop smoking – improve performance in sex, exams, relationships and sport, – remove the fear of other things and situations like spiders, closed spaces, from delivering speeches and presenting to audiences to fear of heights and many more, – reduce anxiety, – reducing being distracted – be able to control pain, – improve health and well being, such as IBS and panic attacks, and be able to cope with bereavement.
In all of this Nat, as an active artist as well as his therapeutic responsibilities and practice shares some of his ideas, art and thoughts, which can be accessed on the following blog when the moment takes him: www.natcleggart.blogspot.it
Bronwen was born in Nigeria and brought up in Senegal. She is an American citizen now living in Turin. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and International Studies from Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN, USA, and a MSc. in Management of Development from the Turin School of Development and the University of Turin, in Italy.
Her lifetime of international travel has contributed to her knowledge of English, French, Italian and Portuguese and has strengthened her ability to communicate across cultures.
She began her career working in communications and fundraising, gaining professional experience at the UNESCO offices in Dakar, Senegal and working with political think tanks, human rights organisations, and other NGOs. Later, she moved towards education both as a coordinator for student affairs, but also as a language teacher.
After gaining her Master’s in policy, programme, and project cycle management, she was able to combine her teaching interests with policy analysis during her tenure at the International Training Centre of the ILO where she worked specifically on developing learning activities, workshops and training materials.
Bronwen joined The Development Alchemists Ltd in 2014 where she delivers training, facilitation, and coaching to businesses and professionals in both English and Italian. Her work takes her across continents in the public, private and international sectors as she also continues to consult in policy, programme, and project development.
Incorporated in 2015, The Development Alchemists – Africa, based in Gaborone, Botswana is our new sister company. The Development Alchemists have worked in sub-Saharan Africa since 1997 and has a strong commitment to the region. Our team is made up of women and men from the region, but also have a wider International perspectives and experience.
Our partners all bring their own experience to the field of development, many of them running their own businesses as well as supporting the development of new and growing businesses in the region. We are able to provide training, coaching, facilitation and organisational development consulting solutions. We are proud to offer our services in Africa. To find out more about The Development Alchemists Africa contact email@example.com
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Prior to choosing to become an independent consultant George worked in the Public Sector for 17 years. He has a direct and engaging style and is skilled in the design and delivery/facilitation of individual, team and group learning interventions for use at various levels of an organisation.
George is qualified in Personnel Management, Training Management and holds and MA in Human Resource Management. He is a registered practitioner with the British Psychological Society and is qualified to administer, interpret and feedback Occupational Tests.
ISTUD is an independent Business School that has a long history – more than 40 years – in the field of management education. It has an industrial heritage, it has been founded by companies and it belongs to companies: Angelini Group, Assolombarda, Chiesi Group, Elica Group, Ferrero Group, Generali Group, OMR, Sapio, Sea among the others. The main characteristic of ISTUD is to be focused on business and the real world issues with a customized and effective approach. ISTUD intends to be a new voice in the field of training and development for management, focussing its activities on the uniqueness.
Morag is a Coach Facilitator and Trainer with a passion for helping individuals and teams discover their defining characteristics and make the most of their potential, promoting not just performance but fulfilment! She takes a systemic, intercultural approach to projects and enjoys helping people and organisations give their best , whilst promoting understanding and cooperation. Born in Scotland, educated in the UK and in Australia she is currently based in Italy and is bilingual.
MaxWorth Associates Limited (MAL) is a Kenyan Management, Research and Training Consulting firm established in response to the growing human capital management and institutional development challenges faced by public and private sector organizations including Civil Society and SMEs.
MaxWorth delivers value driven services to its clients through three divisions; Public Sector Reforms and Policy Advisory Division, Institutional Development and HR Advisory Services Division, and Training, Research and Capacity Building Division.
Trainer and consultant in: Business Plans, Marketing, E-Marketing Mostafa has conducted professional training for many corporations and organizations including USAID and ILO projects.? He has a proven track record in assisting private sector companies attain growth in sales and profitability by providing: Marketing /E-Marketing strategies and plans––re-positioning company products or services – Restructuring and establishing marketing departments. Mostafa lives in Cairo, Egypt and is bi-lingual in Arabic and English.
MesoVision Consultancy Limited is a multidisciplinary consultancy providing various premium services to the corporate as well as other clients. MesoVision has already served famous organizations like DHL, Chevron, Johnson Controls, CESCO, Moduspec, Yokogawa, Honeywell, Wagner CAT, Emerson and many more. MesoVision is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and looking forward to expand in the region. In last three years MesoVision has achieved more than 1000% growth and growing consistently. For more information please visit MesoVision
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Nat was born in the UK and began his career in teaching and moved into the management of schools and working to build vibrant communities before joining The Development Alchemists in 2006. His work today takes him all over the world where he specialises in coaching and coaching psychology. Nat has worked at policy level in several countries helping governments develop their policies in relation to education and the transition from school to work. He has also worked with many United Nations Agencies, providing facilitation, training and coaching services. Nat provides training in leadership and management, change and transition and specialises in team building and team development, where he is able to use his creative talents to design enjoyable retreats for whole teams that want to improve their performance, relationships or service delivery.
He has worked extensively across both public and private sectors and in a wide range of International settings. Having established his own business in the Creative Industries sector, Nat has worked with micro, small and medium enterprises owned by artists, musicians and writers in Egypt and across the SADEC region of Africa.
Nat has a strong commitment to equality and works toward this by providing training in developing gender equality. Nat was responsible for the development of the EU/ILO toolkit on Breaking Gender Stereotypes, which is a practical guide for HR managers and enterprise owners to improve their businesses by making the most of the talent they already have within their enterprise and a part of the evaluation team for the GENIS Lab EU project addressing gender equality in the world of science and technology.
Nat graduated with a distinction for his Masters in Coaching Psychology and is a qualified hypno – psychotherapist, he is now embarking on his PhD in Coaching Psychology.
Lenni grew up between the UK and Cyprus and now lives in Italy. She has more than twenty years experience of facilitation, training organisational design and development. In the past, Lenni worked for the United Nations on a range of issues supporting the Secretary General’s Reform process. In particular, Lenni worked on leadership and capacity development for successful public-private partnerships.
Lenni’s work within the private sector has spanned working with multinationals such as Xerox and Pirelli and the finance sector, to developing the capacity of small businesses, especially in developing and emerging economies. She has written and published programmes for small enterprise growth. She has also worked with the public sector, particularly in organisational development and leadership and performance management.
Her background in Human Resource Management provides the basis for designing and delivering training in many of the so-called “soft skills” such as leading change negotiation skills, conflict resolution, and effective communication. Lenni has always taken an interest in equality and diversity training, which lead to her work in multi and cross-cultural competences. Her International experience is extensive; Lenni has worked in more than 30 countries and with more than 170 nationalities. Lenni became an associate partner of Richard Lewis Communications and is licensed to teach the Lewis model of cross-cultural competence.
Paul Hughes DHP
A client in Wallingford once asked Paul: ”don’t therapists get tired of hearing about other people’s problems?”
Paul replied, “I don’t feel like that at all because I don’t see my clients as people with problems, unable to cope. I see people and their qualities.” There are lots of people in who had hypnotherapy in Reading, Oxford, Didcot, Thame or Wallingford and who now feel happier about themselves and their lives as a result.
Dr. Ho Law
Ho has more than 25 years experience in the UK central government and private practice. He is highly energetic, creative, analytical and passionate about his work. Ho is director of Empsy® , a leading social enterprise in empowerment psychology offering the highest quality services in psychology, coaching, consulting and training to individuals, organisations and communities with ethics of social and environmental responsibility.
Open Mind Therapy
Jenny is a Transpersonal Therapist, Intuitive Coach and Personal Development Mentor, Trainer, Author, Speaker and Buddhist of 30 years. Her style is insightful, intuitive, authentic and challenging, inspiring therapists to become leaders of authenticity.
After graduating from his first degree in Biomedical Science, Mike progressed with an MA in Religious Experience, his thesis centred on Spiritual Experiences in Western Esotericism. Mike’s interests urged him further to study and complete a PGDip in Consciousness & Transpersonal Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.
Mike loves writing and has had several papers and reviews published in the Journal for the Study of Spirituality, the Journal of Near-Death Studies, Paranthropology, the Journal of Exceptional Experiences & Psychology, De Numine, and by the Religious Experience Research Centre. He is a member of the AHSSSE, the BPS Transpersonal Section, the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, and the International Association for Religious Freedom.