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ProSocial Facilitation

Learn to facilitate any group to be more cooperative and effective

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:

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Use a simple but highly effective set of tools for mobilizing deep change with individuals and groups

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Help groups become more purposeful, equitable, inclusive, accountable and harmonious, even if they have experienced conflict or disengagement

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Evaluate the effectiveness of any group

Course Information

In this highly interactive training session, you will be supported in your learning in four main ways:

  1. Weekly consultation sessions where you can watch new techniques being demonstrated, and share your challenges and insights with others with loads of experience bringing about change in groups and organisations.
  2. 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.
  3. Regular team meetings with others doing the course working in a similar sector and/or region.
  4. 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.

Course Outline

Timetable

It is important to note that each course is slightly adapted to better suit the needs of the particular group involved. Below is a broad outline of the course. Every week will have a consultation session. Some weeks there are additional team meetings within your smaller teams to work on particular assignments.

Week 1: An introduction to Prosocial as an idea

Week 2: An overview of the process of Prosocial - what do we do with groups?

Week 3: Introducing the individual ACT Matrix

    • Completing Assignment 1 - Doing the ACT Matrix with one other person

Week 4: Deepening psychological flexibility with the ACT Matrix

    • First Team meeting: Planning for Assignment 2

Week 5: Introducing the collective ACT Matrix to build CDP1: Shared Identity and Purpose

    • Completing Assignment 2 - Do a collective matrix

Week 6: Working with the Core Design Principles

    • Second team meeting: Planning for Assignment 3

Week 7: Group CDP Presentations for Assignment 3 (1)

Week 8: Group CDP Presentations for Assignment 3 (2)

    • Third team meeting: Preparing for Assignment 4
    • Completing Assignment 4: Preparing a draft plan for how you will apply Prosocial

Week 9: How will you apply Prosocial in your context?

Week 10: Wrapping it all up. Pitching Prosocial to groups you care about

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Time Commitment

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.

For all upcoming course times, please click the link below.

FAQ

Does the course run at a time that is convenient for me?

Class times and days vary throughout the year to ensure that a class will suit everyone, even in different timezones throughout the world.

 

How many people are in each course?

The course sizes vary from small groups to up to 40 people. Participants are often highly skilled facilitators or change agents so there is a strong sense of community and mutual learning that develops through the class. So no matter how much experience you have had, you will find ways to take your group facilitation skills to the next level in a warm supportive environment.

How much is the course?

The course is normally USD652 for the 10 weeks including all online learning materials, weekly consultation sessions and the chance to build a community of likeminded practitioners.

Are there scholarships available?

For a 25% reduction for those with limited incomes (e.g. students, community workers or those from Low or Middle Income Countries), please use the coupon code PSI25%OFF at checkout.  If you require a larger scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form through the button below.

Kristen Hamling

PhD

"Not often do you encounter training that is so well balanced regarding theory and practice. Paul provided outstanding resources, answered all our questions in and out of training, and modelled the PROSOCIAL model in training itself. Also, as the training was international, we learnt such diverse applications for PROSOCIAL from people all around the world. Awesome training, cheers Paul!"

Stuart Libman

MD--Board Certified Child Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the PLEA School Based Partial Hospital Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA --ACBS Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer

"The Introductory Prosocial Facilitators Class was highly informative in increasing my understanding of how Psychological Flexibility for individuals and the Core Design Principles for successful groups could lead to organizations operating more effectively and efficiently. In addition to the compassionate and insightful manner in which he taught the Prosocial content, Paul Atkins was masterful in modeling how to facilitate conducting the Prosocial process."

Marcel Harmon

Ph.D., P.E., WELL AP, LEED AP O+M, Research and Development Lead, BranchPattern

"I've been looking for a method to help implement Ostrom's core design principals in an effective manner for the design/construction key stakeholder groups I work with. Prosocial provides that method, and this course is a great introduction into using it."

Jodie Soracco

M. Ed, BCBA, Research Development & Evaluation, NV PBIS TA Center

"What an incredible course!  Dr. Atkins thoroughly taught and modeled the Prosocial process in a meaningful and digestible way. He skillfully set up the course so that attendees not only got to practice implementing the process, but also were able to experience it ourselves...priceless!"

Lisa Ferguson

"Dr. Paul Atkins impressively modeled prosocial collaboration and learning in the training, embodying the values of Prosocial in his entire approach. I feel much better prepared to support groups and coalitions in functioning skillfully to address staggering challenges such as climate breakdown."