Who should attend PeerSpectives facilitator training?
Individuals who plan to moderate PeerSpectives roundtables must attend. The person responsible for marketing and recruiting table members can also benefit. In some cases, this might be the same person; however, if different people fill these roles, consider sending both to the training. They will receive a solid understanding of the PeerSpectives protocol and be better equipped to answer questions. They can also step in as a backup facilitator in a pinch.
First-year licenses include training for one person; additional individuals or those wanting a refresher in subsequent years may attend for $200 each.
What does PeerSpectives facilitator training involve?
Training is held at the foundation’s Big Rock Valley retreat center. Sessions run for two nights and three days and are offered three times each year.
- First day: Guests arrive between 3 and 5 pm. A light dinner is served at 5:30 pm. Training begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 9:30 pm. Depending on weather, either a campfire or indoor fireplace is set up for networking.
- Second day: The PeerSpectives protocol is covered in detail. The afternoon is spent on a mock roundtable, where attendees play out a variety of roundtable roles. The evening culminates in a final practice session.
- Third day: Learn about PRESS (PeerSpectives Roundtables for the Emerging Second-Stager), which is a variation of the PeerSpectives protocol. The morning continues with a session on best practices for marketing and operating roundtables. Training ends at noon.
Throughout the training, attendees participate in small and large group discussions as well as experiential exercises.
How do I sign up for the next PeerSpectives facilitator training session?
Training sessions will be held on the following dates:
- November 8-10, 2016
- March 28-30, 2017
- September 12-14, 2017
Registration must be completed 30 days before each session and is on a first-come, first-served basis with a maximum of 20 attendees. (A signed and paid license is required prior to registration.) Contact Rita Phillips to register.
- First-year licenses include the cost of training one facilitator. Additional attendees or individuals previously trained under an earlier license may attend a session for $200 per person ($300 in 2017).
- Professional facilitation, lodging and meals are provided. Attendees provide their own transportation to and from the retreat center.
- A $150 fee will be collected for no-shows or cancelations within 30 days of the training date.
I'm an experienced facilitator. Is PeerSpectives training still required?
Your past experience will serve you well. However, PeerSpectives uses a specific protocol, and you must be trained by the foundation before running a table under a PeerSpectives license. Those wishing to expand their learning may be interested in “The Advanced Facilitator.” See the question below.
Is further facilitation training assistance offered?
Previously trained PeerSpectives facilitators are welcomed to attend training as a refresher. Cost is $200 per person.
The foundation offers “The Advanced Facilitator,” a learning retreat for experienced facilitators who wish to further hone their skills. Contact Rita Phillips for more information or to register for an upcoming session.
What people are saying ...
“The foundation’s facilitator training retreat was excellent. I’ve been exposed to a lot of formal training in the past, so my bar is set pretty high, but I was really impressed. You walk away armed not just with theories but also a bag of tools to help you be more successful as a facilitator. It’s like learning to hit a home run rather than just getting a base hit.”
— Karl Jones, principal of Organizational Insight in Missoula, Montana