Diploma in Group Facilitation, Conflict Resolution & Leadership Skills

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Date(s) - Saturday, April 2, 2016 - Sunday, April 3, 2016
10:00 am - 7:30 pm

NAOS Institute - Ealing, London


“I can whole heartedly recommend this diploma course. It has quite literally changed my view of life and has therefore changed me for the better. I am far more community minded. I feel a closer connection to our joint humanity. Through what I have learnt on the course I have achieved positive change for my community.” – Student 2014-2015

This course evolved from an original collaboration in 2011 between The Forgiveness Project and NAOS. Since then the programme has been constantly adapted, based on feed back from students and tutors. We are now collaborating with Ealing Abbey.

The Diploma has attracted a number of patrons supporting our work and us in securing funding for the course; this is particularly with our low income students in mind.

This training intensive sets out to train people who wish to facilitate and lead individuals, groups and communities. In fulfilment of this we focus on increasing participants personal awareness as a means of facilitating both yourself and others.
As Andrew Harvey states: “Learn to lead yourself, then to lead another, then leading teams, groups, organisations and communities”.

Our basic premise is that the work of a change agent draws both on skills of doing (techniques and tools) and skills of being (presence); you are supported in exploring the overlap between inner life, professional practice and collective change on a small scale and in the world at large.

More specifically, we explore the facilitation of conflict resolution (both within yourself and externally), violence prevention and cohesion within a multi cultural and multi faith society. Conflict resolution therefore is redefined as a tool to create bridges between individuals and different communities in our multi-cultural and fragmented society.

We realise that individuals groups, teams and communities are impacted by political, cultural and collective dimensions. Healthy, constructive and inclusive teams or communities enable people to belong to a larger, meaningful group and set examples for other communities. The course provides a living experience of this and intends to increase your capacity to re-create it elsewhere.

Communities and groups also provide the settings for important life celebrations and transitions. We aim to include these in our work as powerful tools in transforming individuals and communities. When we talk about meaning making processes in life, we include art, nature, rituals, spiritualities and sexuality.

Participants of this course have tended to be either working or leading within NGOs, human rights and peace-building organisations, community groups, clergy, business, social movements, and/or artistic companies. We trained counsellors, therapists, social workers, actors, trainers, leaders, ministers and artists. The course is inspiring, pioneering and exceptional value for money. You may take this course for personal as well as professional development. We will focus on leadership qualities and facilitation skills to support you in your work, or in your training, whether you are working independently as a facilitator, or part of a team or organisation.
The course recognises the importance of an embodied, relational and intersubjective psychology and spirituality in all we do.

The training is endorsed by the The Forgiveness Project, whose own methodologies and contributions to the field of restorative justice are an integral part of this course. We work also in collaboration with Ealing Abbey and One Spirit Interfaith Foundation. The course is accredited by the National Council for Psychotherapy and NAOS is an organisational member of the European Association for Counselling. Graduates may work towards accreditation as group facilitators with AHPP.

• His Holiness the Dalai Lama (India)
• Andrew Harvey (US)
• Arch-Abbot Jeremias Schroeder OSB (Germany)
• Abbot-Primate Notker OSB (Italy)
• Lord Patten of Barnes (former governor of Hong Kong, UK)
• Lisette Schuitemaker, Netherlands (Chair of Trustees, Findhorn Foundation, Scotland)
• Dr William Bloom (UK)
• Dame Andrea Savage OSB (Abbess of Stanbrook, UK)
• Anselm Grün OSB, Germany
• Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus Rt Rev Murphy O’Connor (UK)
• Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster Rt Rev Vincent Nichols (UK)
– with endorsement from Dr Justin Welby (Archbishop of Canterbury, UK)
and Rachel Treweek (Bishop of ​Goucester, UK)

April 2016 – February 2017, a weekend per month plus one 4-day intensive (Thursday to Sunday, 10.00 – 17.30, non-residential, total: 24 days).

In addition course participants are required to take part in twice monthly peer sessions for support, skills training and discussion.

Weekend 1: 2 –3 April 2016
Weekend 2: 30 April, 1 May 2016
Weekend 3: 28 – 29 May 2016
Weekend 4: 18 – 19 June 2016
Weekend 5: 9 – 10 July 2016
Weekend 6: 2 – 4 September 2016
4-Day Intensive: 29 September – 2 October 2016
Weekend 7: 12 – 13 November 2016
Weekend 8: 10 – 11 December 2016
Weekend 9: 14 – 15 January 2017
Weekend 10: 18 – 19 February 2017