This past spring, Stina Brown and I piloted a new course, Visual Facilitation, through UBC Continuing Studies (now UBC Extended Learning). We had heaps of fun developing and teaching the course, and evidently the folks at UBC were happy with it too, because they’ve asked us to teach it again this fall! So if you’re a coach, facilitator, mediator, educator, or other leader who sees the value in using visual techniques to bring a more holistic and creative approach to your work, this is your chance to expand your visual literacy in a safe, stimulating, and super-fun environment.

The course in a nutshell:

In this collaborative and experiential workshop you’ll learn the why, what, how and when of using visuals, both with groups and as a tool for personal development. Through a combination of presentations, case studies, dialogue and hands-on practice we’ll explore the field of visual practice, the skills for thinking and communicating with images, and the contexts in which these skills can be applied. Working with your own real-world cases, you’ll learn readily applicable visual facilitation techniques to help groups clarify thinking, create shared understanding and deepen trust, and come away with a palette of skills and tools that you can immediately apply in your own context.

Topics we’ll cover include (but aren’t limited to)…

  • Core skills including active listening, drawing, lettering, colour and composition
  • Using visual metaphors to translate complex ideas into simple and effective images
  • Visual frameworks and processes – how and when to use them
  • Creating standard and customized visual tools and templates
  • Facilitating creative, engaged meetings using visual templates
  • Ways to employ visual techniques to achieve strategic outcomes

Dates: November 17-18, 2017 – 9am-4pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $960, including course materials

Registration is open now! The course will be capped at 20 students, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Avril provided graphic facilitation for our last two staff retreats. In a word, she was brilliant: smart, perceptive and able to pierce to the essence of an issue. She has a rare ability to articulate positions accurately and respectfully. And her skills at graphically capturing and depicting the “big picture” – and just as importantly, the paths to achieve our goals – are simply outstanding. Avril made our sessions fun and a resounding success. We’re making her a permanent part of our planning process!

Don Davies – Member of Parliament, Vancouver Kingsway