Professional body launched to support facilitation profession
A professional body dedicated to the training, accreditation, support and supervision of new and experienced facilitators has been launched.
The Association of Facilitators (AoF) will benefit everyone who works as a facilitator and leads a group or team, from managers and leaders working in the private, public, charity and education sectors, to change agents and organisational consultants.
The organisation offers a clear path for professional development based upon progression through three levels of accreditation. Each level is supported by supervision, practical online resources and training programmes. The training ranges from short courses, to a one year part-time certificate in facilitation, through to a two year part-time diploma in group facilitation skills.
In line with industry best practice, learning is highly experiential, and assessment takes place through well-structured self and peer assessment activities. Both accreditation and training are underpinned by the AoF's competency model, FACETS© which the founders have developed after delivering and supervising facilitation training for over a decade.
Facilitation expert, Professor Paul Barber, a member of the Association's Board of Reference, said: "FACETS© is a highly valuable and practical contribution, not only to individuals seeking to develop their facilitation skills, but also to the advancement of the facilitation profession as a whole."
Bella Mehta, director, Association of Facilitators, added: "After being thoroughly immersed in the facilitation training and consulting world we recognised an increasing demand for facilitation skills programmes and professional accreditation that reflects today's business, community, education and political structures, while still being strongly grounded in best practice and humanistic principles. Individual facilitators want more practical support so we've set up the Association of Facilitators to act as a 'professional home' for facilitators in the UK."