Following on the success of our Visual Facilitation course at UBC Robson Square, Stina Brown and I are delighted to offer a more advanced workshop this spring! Our brand-new Advanced Facilitation course will build on the core competencies we taught in Visual Facilitation, going deeper into both the application and philosophy of visual practice. Through a combination of presentations, case studies, dialogue and hands-on practice, students will learn how to create a generative group culture and achieve breakthroughs in understanding using visual methods and processes. We will look at how to employ these techniques in frameworks such as World Café, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space, and students will be asked to bring their own real-world cases to the course so they can put their visual facilitation skills to work immediately on projects that are meaningful to them.

Among the things we will cover in this course:

  • The next level of core visual facilitation skills, including listening, advanced principles of composition, and using visual language
  • Advanced use of visual metaphors to translate complex ideas into simple and effective images
  • Creating customized templates and icon libraries
  • How and when to use visual techniques in a variety of meeting frameworks and processes
  • Coaching and feedback on students’ graphic products and processes

Please note: Though this course is primarily designed with alumni of our Visual Facilitation course in mind, anyone who has taken any course taught by me or Stina is welcome, as are professionals with previous visual facilitation training and experience.

Dates: March 1-2, 2018

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.

What students have said about our previous courses:

“The most fun I’ve ever had in a course while learning more than I imagined was possible!”

“The key to this class is YOU creating a safe and encouraging space. Thank you for your humour and ease, your positivity, and your relaxed and flexible approach!”

“Outstanding modelling of respectful, engaged, fluid co-facilitation, clear presentation of key components, excellent feedback and coaching.”

I first hired Avril in 2008 to graphically record an event I was planning, and have built graphic recording into our budget for every project and event ever since. Avril has the incredible gift of being able to simultaneously listen to a conversation and distill the most relevant points into images that promote further dialogue. Her charts remind us of our discussion in a way that words can’t, and provide us with a visual reference point that lives as a powerful reminder of the important work we are doing with families and serves as a map to guide our work going forward. 

Keli Anderson – Founder, FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health, and Founder, President & CEO, National Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health