Back by popular demand – Transformative Facilitation, part two! For many domestic violence organizations, the pandemic has led to shifting how advocacy supports are delivered. That is, many supports are now being offered virtually to accommodate the pandemic quarantine and in-person restrictions. Support group, a cornerstone of domestic violence advocacy, has historically been one way to cultivate social connectedness for survivors. With the move to virtual platforms, we know that effective facilitation is critical to engagement, peer support, and even healing in a support group space. The same principles can be applied to listening sessions, focus groups and other groups across our organizations. In this follow-up to Transformative Facilitation: Building Virtual Communities, we will discuss lessons learned in the shift to virtual facilitation and explore ways to navigate challenges that emerge.
• Offer facilitation tips for virtual groups that supports participation, peer support, and healing.
• Offer strategies to navigate virtual facilitation challenges.
• Addressing the challenges that emerge when confronting ‘isms’ in your group, structurally and interpersonally.
• Apply foundational principles and strategies to manage unique virtual facilitation challenges.