Resource: Curriculum or Guide

Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills


Martha Walker,

Crystal Tyler Mackey,

Description:  Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills is a facilitation training developed by Extension specialists with Virginia Cooperative Extension to help participants learn how to facilitate discussions that result in planning and clear direction. Specifically the 2- or 3-day training helps develop skills in dealing with challenges common to groups, and techniques to help lead a group discussion on problem solving when dealing with sensitive issues or conflict. Training participants have the opportunity to:

  • Learn core facilitation competencies,
  • Observe facilitation challenges such as constant change, competing priorities, changing team members, limited time and carefully guarded resources,
  • Practice skills in an experimental setting and receive feedback in a safe environment, and
  • Commit to build community capacity by volunteering facilitation skills to a community group or organization.