Master Class in the Art of Process Facilitation 2018 2018-02-09T14:48:30+00:00

I would like to invite you to participate in another run of the highly successful Master Class in the Art of Process Facilitation. This is the third run of this class in Singapore and has been attended by many experienced professionals who work with and internally to organisations, in the commercial and government sectors.

Process facilitation attends to the human dynamics and the unseen processes that may support and possibly hinder our work as effective facilitators, coaches and organisational consultants.

This three-day event takes place on 18th – 20th April 2018, this workshop is for experienced leaders, facilitators, coaches and consultants who want to develop and enhance their capability to facilitate the human dynamics of groups.

The programme will be held at The Lime House, Singapore’s original Caribbean restaurant.

The investment for the programme will be S$2,400. To include all materials and refreshments including lunch.

The aim of the Master Class will be to get beneath the ‘iceberg’ of human
interaction when we are facilitating groups. We will explore how this can support and
challenge us to become better practitioners, benefit our clients and the organisations
with whom we work.

The benefits – As professional practitioners we can benefit from working together with our peers to develop our professional facilitation skills. The Master Class will be facilitated using a process facilitation methodology, will be experiential and attend to the interactions between primary facilitator and the group members.

This is a workshop for experienced facilitators who can experience process facilitation at the same time as learning how to fine tune and develop their professional skills.

We will outline and use a model of facilitation, based on the research work of John Heron, and then use this as a way of developing our skills and adding to what we already know about the art of facilitation.

You will be able to sharpen your observation skills; surface the assumptions and unconscious biases that may be affecting your professional judgements, sense making and decisions when you are facilitating individuals and groups.

We will focus on our practice and will take time for everyone to have the space and opportunity to investigate current challenges that they would like to receive support, challenge and focused questions to resolve.

The Master Class will be experiential and led by Dr David Lines.

The Programme

The programme will begin with time and space for you to introduce yourself as a facilitator and you will get to know the styles and working assumptions of your peers. We will contract with each other about how we work together and the group will be conducted with complete confidentiality about your personal experiences.

The rest of the days include:

Day 1 – Setting the context of our work and growing professional awareness

  • Beginnings
  • Contracting – setting ground rules for how we work together during the Master Class
  • What it might meant to work together as a ‘self-managed’ learning group
  • Support and challenge as part of the culture of professional development
  • Who am I as a facilitator?
  • Who do I want to become as a facilitator?
  • Outlining personal and professional outcomes for the three days
  • Review and exploration of the content, procedure, process iceberg model with emphasis on what is in the human process domain
  • Overview and exploration of John Heron’s model of facilitation – and his six category model of intervening in groups
  • Facilitating groups – building a framework
  • The facilitation continuum integrating facilitator centred and group centred approaches
  • Facilitation and stages of group development
  • Sessions for practising facilitation with feedback from peers and the primary facilitator
  • Process review of the day and what has been learned

Day 2 – Understanding the hidden dynamics of groups by being in a group

  • Middles
  • Peer sharing of learning so far
  • Intervention styles
  • Phases of the client-consultant and facilitator group relationships
  • Models of group dynamics
  • Inquiring into and exploring group dynamics in an group
  • Authentic and degenerate interventions – noticing the shadow side of our interventions
  • Exploring the dimensions of facilitation in support and challenge groups with feedback and review
  • Peer review of learning – implications for professional practice

Day 3 – Closure

  • Endings
  • Peer learning review
  • Multi-level facilitation skills – work based on Dr Paul Barbers interpretation of process facilitation
  • Support and challenge groups for facilitation practice with feedback
  • Exploring how facilitators close groups and how we manage endings
  • Peer review of our learning during the Master Class – implications for professional practice and how we might put these into action
  • Closing activities


David Lines is an experienced group process facilitator and will work with you to guide you through the day and to take time out in teachable moments so you can gain as much from this approach as possible during the Master Class.

David supports and challenges individuals and groups to put aside their assumptions and preconceptions, facilitating their awareness of what is happening in groups and within themselves so they generate more choices when they are facilitating professional groups.

He is Principal Consultant of David Lines and Associates a process consultancy specialising in executive coaching, gestalt, group dynamics and practitioner development. The guiding principles of the practice are rooted in humanistic psychology and the belief that individuals and groups can work out and resolve their own issues and learning within a process of authentic and compassionate facilitation. David has an interactive style that encourages participants to be fully involved with their learning and development journey

David began his development as a consultant and facilitator in the National Health Service in the UK and continued his professional development at Surrey University where he completed the prestigious F-Style programme a two-year experiential process based on the work of John Heron.

He has regular supervision for his facilitation practice from Professor Paul Barber of Gestalt in Action and Middlesex University.

David works as a group facilitator and has provided Master Classes for facilitators to improve their practice in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe and in the Civil Service College in Singapore, where he developed communities of practice for leadership facilitators. He currently facilitates regular professional development groups here in Singapore and is developing a Post Graduate Certificate in Gestalt – Group dynamics’ with Relational Change, a gestalt organisation based in the UK

David has run conference sessions for practitioners and professional groups at the Development and Learning Conference in the UK, the European Mentoring & Coaching Conference in Zurich, the Entrepolis conference in Singapore, and recently at the International Association of Facilitators – Asia Conference in Singapore, where he co-facilitated a workshop on the New Normal using gestalt and group dynamics as a methodology.

He has made significant contributions to the NGO sector facilitating sessions for Save the Children UK, The Church Mission Society and Teach First.

David has a PhD from the University of Surrey, in the UK, where he carried out original research into executive career pathways. He has co-authored a research paper for KPMG, ‘Thriving in a Diverse Business World’, and has recently published in the European Training and Development Journal a paper on identity formation and coaching, ‘What Hat do I say I am wearing?’ a study of the transition that facilitators and coaches go through when leaving corporate life. David is currently writing a book on ‘Being an Internal Consultant’.

The investment for the day will be SG$2,400.00 and will include all materials and refreshments, including lunch.

Email david.lines@me.com before 2nd April 2018 to reserve your place and receive payment advice.