Involvement, work, experience and lot of passion in each person that I met. Shortly this are my first thoughts after attending my first Training Course supported by the National Agency. To let you know more, the TC took place between 8-16th of April in Mollina (Málaga), Spain with participants from 8 different countries (Spain, France, Austria, Norway, Slovenia, Turkey, Croatia and Romania). I chose to take part in this TC due of many reasons but especially due of the topic: facilitation. My knowledge about facilitation process before going were minimal, but once there I can easily say that I learnt so much. Facilitating group processes is an important key component in nowadays youth work and many of the NFE depends on it.
– Gain basic understanding of the concept of facilitation;
– share experiences regarding facilitation;
– raise awareness about the process of group dynamics;
– practice the facilitation competences gained during the course;
– gain knowledge about different aspects of the facilitation process;
– discuss different facilitation styles;
– promote cooperation between the different partners after the course;
– promote the Youth in Action programme as a tool for working with young people;
– provide resources and tools about facilitation (books, manuals, NFE centres, trainings…)
The above subsections were the main objectives of the TC and from my point of view mostly of them were achievable. During the 9 days, thanks to our cool trainers I improved so much my knowledge about the basic theory in facilitation and I have ended more motivated and energetic. I took part in many activities that helped me to gain competences in facilitating group process with young people both in local, national and international context. Moreover, I found out about some smart tips.
After this TC, I invariably understood exactly what a project is all about from the outset, and how to get it done quickly and effectively, not just having an idea about it. In fact, the process of facilitation is even more complicated that many can image. I figured out that it embraces equally well such relationships as cooperation, conflict, domination, exploatation, consensus, disagreement, closely knit identification, and indiferent concern for one another. And the participants in each of such relations have the same common task of constructing their acts by interprating and definig the acts of each other and many many other.
The photos of this article belongs to some of the participants of the TC – FSK and the article reflects only my personal point of view and the European Commission is not responsible for any errors.