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OIFN Building Capacity in Independent Facilitation: Shared Learning Events

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Shared Learning events for people living with disabilities, family members and/or loved ones, and aspiring and experienced facilitators.

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Courses will be held virtually using Zoom Video Conferencing.

Links to the Zoom meetings will be sent by e-mail, once registration is confirmed.

Most courses include 1 full-day webinar and 1 two-hour webinar for a total of 7 hours.

The Deepening Mindful Practice course includes 2 full-day webinars for a total of 9 hours, plus 4 hours of required mentoring.

The Conscious Listening and Speaking and Fostering Conversations about What Matters courses also include optional opportunities for 4 hours of small group mentoring conversations.

Courses will be led by Judith McGill of LifePath Facilitation. Judith has had extensive experience over the past 27 years supporting individuals with developmental disabilities within the context of their families to take the next step, whatever that might be and to live the life they have imagined. She is the Executive Director of Families for a Secure Future and as such has had the privilege to mentor several Facilitators on an ongoing basis over the years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who would benefit from these courses?

These offerings were developed with the intention of creating a shared learning experience that includes people living with disabilities, family members and/or loved ones, and aspiring and experienced independent facilitators. OIFN invites participants who are interested in learning together in an inclusive space where all perspectives are present and heard and where co-learning, reflection, and deepening of capacities are grounded in the insights and experiences of people and families and/or loved ones.

Do I need to take all 5 courses?

There is value in each of the courses on a stand-alone basis! Each of the offerings when taken together will build on learning and deepen one's capacity and understanding of the practice throughout the learning events.

Participation in course webinars 3, 4 and 5 is required prior to participating in the related mentoring session.

Will OIFN be offering other dates/times for these courses?

Additional dates will be considered, based on available resources, demand, and feedback received from these sessions. OIFN is making this initial investment, based on feedback from people and families and related to OIFN's 3 priorities for 2020, which include "building/ re-building and supporting Independent Facilitation across the province." OIFN will be pursuing opportunities to offer similar co-learning in the future.

Does completion of these courses "certify" me as an independent facilitator?

A Recognition of Participation will be issued upon completion of each course. OIFN does not certify or endorse independent facilitators. In Ontario, independent facilitators are not part of a regulated profession. This means that there is not one specific path, course, or background required to become an independent facilitator.

Are there subsidies available for people with disabilities and their family members?

OIFN has strived to set an affordable rates for each course, and a special rate for all 5 courses, to encourage broad participation.

People who receive Passport funding can submit for reimbursement of course fees.

What can I expect as a participant?

Participants will be able to interact, reflect on the practice, and dialogue in meaningful ways in pairs and small breakout groups. Each course offering will not be more than 25 people.

Prioritizing comfort and engagement, the full-day webinars will include time for health and body breaks throughout the day.

These learning events are the first of their kind for OIFN. For this initial offering, registration costs have been set at reduced rates, and we will be relying on honest feedback from participants to inform planning of future offerings by OIFN.

What is the benefit of participating in the optional mentoring conversations?

Offered in small groups of 3, the mentoring conversations offer a unique and essential opportunity for participants to grow by discovering their own strengths and work through their own challenges in a safe encouraging context. Being mentored alongside others heightens and enlarges the mentees' understanding of the practice and the capacities that are most essential to develop. Mentoring conversations offer independent facilitators a meaningful way to make sense of their own experience not only during their initial training and job shadowing but crucially once they have established themselves as an independent facilitation and taken up the role. These conversations are primarily aimed at supporting participants to earnestly reflect on the values and principles of the practice and digest and make sense of their day to day experiences.

If you need assistance to register, please contact Bill Rollo, OIFN Administrative Assistant

brollo@oifn.ca or 519-966-8094, Ext. 6

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