Tag Archives: Facilitation

An Alternatives to Violence Project workshop for parents

I am currently helping to plan and facilitate an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop for parents through Family Support Newcastle. We have a good team of four facilitators with a variety of experience and backgrounds. While this workshop will … Continue reading

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Team building before facilitating

This weekend I’m facilitating my 80th Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop (or Help Increase the Peace workshop which is the youth version of AVP), but my first on in over 14 years. One of the things I learnt through … Continue reading

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Questions for an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops are experiential in nature which means that an important part of the process is assisting participants to reflect on their experience. Rather than telling them what their experience means, the aim is to ask … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – what we learnt

In this post, the last in a series on some fathering workshops I helped facilitate for Aboriginal men in jail, I explore some of the things we (Craig Hammond and I) learnt from doing the workshops. The workshops, Brothers Inside, … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – what worked

In this post, part of a series on some fathering workshops I helped facilitate (with Craig Hammond) for Aboriginal men in jail, I explore some of the things that worked well. The workshops, Brothers Inside, were generally 4½ days spread … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – challenges

I mentioned in my last post that, as part of shifting the focus of my work to parenting and families, I’ve been reflecting on some of the work I’ve done with families over the years. Yesterday I wrote about the … Continue reading

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Being an Aboriginal father in prison

As part of shifting the focus of my work to parenting and families, I’ve been reflecting on some of the work I’ve done with families over the years. One that had a particularly significant impact on me was helping to … Continue reading

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The Unconference: a participatory, inclusive gathering

Last week I participated in the second Unconference near Newcastle. According to the Unconference website: An ‘Unconference’ is a participant-driven gathering. Delegates actively contribute to the agenda sharing lots of dynamic open discussions. Rather than a single speaker at the … Continue reading

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A World Cafe in a school – a step-by-step description

World Café’s are interactive, inclusive group processes that encourage conversation-like discussion of things that matter. (It might help to read an overview of World Cafés available HERE.)  I recently facilitated a couple of sessions at my daughter’s school to help … Continue reading

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Setting the context for a world cafe

Over the next couple of days I’m facilitating some conversations at my daughter’s school which are essentially part of a visioning process. As with any school there are some parents who will attend with specific concerns. I want to ensure … Continue reading

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