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Training & Presentations - Whole Picture Thinking

Training & Presentations

I make presentations and offer facilitation training focusing on decision-making and conflict resolution skills. My open enrollment courses are open to leaders, consultants, teachers and facilitators in every sector. I also teach at universities and build customized in-house training programs for organizations.

The main training course I offer follows the globally recognized curriculum of The Lewis Method of Deep Democracy (link to http://deep-democracy.net/). Developed in post-apartheid South Africa, Deep Democracy is the main methodology that creates the backbone of my own facilitation practice, particularly in the areas of decision-making and conflict resolution. I am one of three instructors in Canada who are certified to train in this method.

In addition, I build in-house customized modules for organizations in:

  • Conflict resolution training
  • Leadership training
  • Diversity training

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What Makes My Courses Unique

Practical Tools
Practical Tools

Very often in trainings we get a framework or a theoretical introduction to the topic and are told to take it back to apply to the groups we are part of. The focus of my courses is on practice. You will walk away with practical tools that you have already had a chance to put in action within the class.

Experience What You're Learning
Experience What You're Learning

I don’t only talk about the tools – I show you how they are used throughout the entire class. I facilitate the course in a way that demonstrates the very facilitation tools I am teaching so that you can experience what you’re learning. The learning is much deeper as a result.

Live Group Dynamics
Live Group Dynamics

I don’t use role-play exercises and I don’t create imaginary scenarios. We learn from the live dynamics of the group of people in the course, using our own diversity of opinions and the tensions between us as our learning ground. Everything in the course is ‘real’, making for a potent learning experience.

Experience a Safe Space
Experience a Safe Space

I make a safe space for practice and I will push you only as far as you are comfortable to go in your practice during class.

Transformational Experience
Transformational Experience

I create a reflective space for processing your own issues that get in the way of being a great facilitator, leader or group participant. Many people comment that the class is a transformative experience for them.

Ongoing Coaching
Ongoing Coaching

I can provide coaching to deepen the learning experience after the course.

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