Spring 2014 Workshops!

For the first time ever, PeerNetBC is offering a series of workshops during business hours. We have had a lot of folks have been asking about workshops during the day, so here we are!

You can register for any or all of these workshops here. Please feel free to contact us if have any questions.

Foundations of Facilitation

Wed, Apr 02 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm

Understanding the role and responsibilities of a facilitator is an essential component for creating successful peer-led groups. In this 6 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the principles of peer support, and learn how to create authentic and well-functioning peer support groups based on these principles. Participants will use that model to explore qualities and skills needed to effectively facilitate groups. We will also look into how these skills are valuable for all members of a peer-led group.

Exploring Facilitation Skills

Tue, Apr 08 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm

Building on an understanding of the basic qualities and skills of facilitators as explored in the “Introduction to Facilitation” workshop, this 6 hour workshop will delve deeper into specific facilitation skills and techniques that help facilitators to most effectively create safe, supportive and successful peer-led groups. This workshop will also include a component of practising facilitation skills. Prerequisite: “Introduction to Facilitation” or equivalent experience


Tue, Apr 15 2014 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Facili-nightmares keep you awake? You are ready to facilitate, you’ve created a great agenda and prepped your materials. Then you stop and wonder, “What if no one participates?, What if someone creates an unsafe space or says something inappropriate? What if participants starts arguing with each other? What if they ask you something that you don’t have an answer to? Challenging certain group behaviours can be well, challenging, but we can overcome our facili-nightmares. In this frequently requested training, we will explore various group dynamics and share strategies and tools to effectively facilitate groups.

Power and Diversity

Thu, Apr 17 2014 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm

There is a systemic imbalance of power in our society and recognizing how it influences group dynamics is an essential skill for group facilitators and group members. In this 3 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to a framework for understanding the imbalance of power in our society and how this imbalance manifests itself in groups. Through group discussion and experiential learning, participants will have an opportunity to broaden their perspectives on accessibility, inclusion, power and privilege.

Boundaries and Self Care

Tue, Apr 22 2014 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm

Facilitating peer-led groups can be a very rewarding experience but it can also be very demanding. In order to avoid burnout and to make group facilitation sustainable over the long-run, it is essential for facilitators to have a clear understanding of personal boundaries and to practice self-care. In this 3 hour workshop, participants will explore concepts for understanding personal boundaries and self-care within the context of a peer-led group. The workshop will also offer practical tips and tools to help participants take what they have learned in the workshop and apply it to their real-life situations. Although aimed at facilitators, the materials in this workshop can also be beneficial to other members of peer-led groups.

Effective Allyship

Thu, Apr 24 2014 10:00 am – 04:00 pm

This interactive facilitated dialogue is a follow up to Power and Diversity and on-going personal development work. One cannot call themselves an ally, but rather demonstrate through action and deeds. Participants and facilitators will explore their own roles and relationships with systemic, positional and personal power. Participants will build tools for inclusive community based practices for leveling power dynamics in both professional and personal relationships.

Levelling Group Power Imbalances

Tue, Apr 29 2014 01:00 pm – 04:00 pm

As a follow up to the skills learned in Power and Diversity and through our series of facilitation workshops, participants will learn more tools for their facilitators’ toolkit and best practices for leveling power dynamics in a group setting. The influence of group dynamics will be explored. We include both preventative and corrective measures for dealing with systemic, positional, personal powers.

Systemic Inequality in BC: Past & Present

And don’t forget about our event with SPARC BC at the end of the month.

What are the root causes of inequality? How does it affect us? What can we learn from each other to support change?

Join PeerNetBC and SPARC BC on Saturday, March 29th for a free dialogue – Systemic Inequality in BC: Past and Present.

Share your ideas and connect with other engaged community members. We hope our peer-to-peer learning approach will spark new opportunities for learning from each other and strengthen the work we do in our communities.

We welcome all ages, all communities – anyone who wants to challenge social inequality.

We will gather from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm in Vancouver at 1 Athletes Way. Lunch will be provided.

You may register via Eventbrite or by calling Cheryl at 604-777-5175. Please respond soon since space is

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About PeerNetBC

PeerNetBC has been helping people connect since 1986, providing resources for peer groups and peer-led initiatives. Our resources and services are available for community members and groups across British Columbia, including online, rural, First Nations, multicultural and youth engagement initiatives. PeerNetBC is a non-profit, registered charitable organization.

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