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 Orloff is a remarkable synthesizer. In facilitating our executive retreat, she wove a thread through the agenda that enabled each person to visually see their value, their input and their connection to the team. With sensitivity and a gracious style, Avril built on each activity, and supported the documentation of the process through her remarkable ability to capture both data and emotion in a series of rapid-paced pictorial notes. She is a joyous, optimistic and generous person and this positive energy is inspiring to be around.

Catherine Roome, President & CEO, British Columbia Safety Authority