Facilitation Group 6: Tips and Tricks

This week, my classmates facilitated the final facilitation plan. The topic of facilitation was on health inequities experienced by different populations, in the context of the United States. The facilitation separate students into 4 separate groups that explored specific positionalities within healthcare. Population groups included: refugees, LGBTQ+ people, single moms, and youth and children. This facilitation was my favorite so far because of the opportunity to consider specific positionalities in the context of health, as well as our closing conversation on the health impacts of multiple interlocking positionalities. I was so moved by our closing conversation, that I would like to include a final take away from the session:

Take Away: Our healthcare agencies and all agencies that support people, must be attuned and responsive to the simultaneous positionalities that people hold. Even if an agency exists to support one specific population, people within the populations will always be members of other social groups. When we consider to create care systems in silos, we are doing a disservice to ourselves and the clients we support.

  1. Polls are amazing! I just learned about a new tool https://pollev.com. This tool is an online polling tool that allows you to create real time polls, word bubbles, and other voting opportunities. This is an amazing way to both collect information and allow people to gain a consensus from the room surrounding feeling/experiences regarding a specific topic. I highly recommend this tool for any facilitator. Additionally, this is a great tool for groups who may not know each other, as you can participate confidentially.

  2. If you do not acknowledge positionality, take a step back. No matter what your topic, if you are not talking about class, race, religion, gender, sex, ability, immigration status, ect..you are missing a huge point. Our positionalities impact how we experience the world everyday in very real and specific ways. Positionality, different from the word identity, specifically addresses power and oppression within different social groups. For a more elaborate explanation, check out this resource. My apologies in advance that this resource is academic and may not be very accessible.

  3. Always end your facilitation with time for closing reflections. The group today did an amazing job at asking participants to share themes or reflections they made, after listening to each specific group share out. In this short time, that people often have their most significant learning moments.

  4. Structure your small groups. During our facilitation, each group was given a different scenario however, were asked the same reflective questions to respond to. Each group was asked to identify barriers, client positionality, and identify potential resources/supports.

  5. Choice is important. If you are breaking into small groups, allow participants to choose the small group they would like to participate in based on the topic. By allowing people to choose their topic, facilitators inherently promote group engagement and participation.  Additionally, facilitators can challenge the group to select either topics they know well or topics they are unfamiliar with.

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