Independent Facilitation Training

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September 29 & 30, 2020

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October 19, 20, 21, & 22, 2020

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The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute offers training to prepare individuals to serve as Independent Facilitators.

Independent facilitation is part of the person-centered planning process. It assures you that you have an ally in directing your person-centered planning meeting.

What does an Independent Facilitator do?

  • Conduct a pre-meeting with the consumer to identify individual needs and strengths
  • Organize a fun, yet productive, meeting
  • Record information in an understandable, concise format
  • Ask probing, yet sensitive open-ended questions
  • Encourage brainstorming, problem-solving, and action steps
  • Facilitate conflict resolution
  • Assist in locating resources
  • Facilitate activities and develop action steps
  • Use person-centered planning tools to facilitate the planning process

Independent Facilitation Infographic

If you would like to learn more about how independent facilitation works in the person-centered planning process, please click the link below to view and download an infographic in PDF format outlining the process:

View an independent facilitation infographic.

How to Find an Independent Facilitator Near You

If you would like to find a trained indepedent facilitator near where you live, please visit the webpage linked below. You can browse independent facilitators by the county in which they live and work.

Find an Independent Facilitator

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