Debrief your workshop!
You just came home from a workshop that you facilitated- maybe it was a youth arts workshop, or an experiential training for adults. You may have encountered unexpected resistance, had a game go wrong, or had one participant derail an entire session's worth of content.
Consciously reflecting on your experiences can transform a challenging session into strength and confidence.
1. Venting is pretty satisfying, and as an experienced facilitator I am happy to provide a sympathetic ear.
2. In a 30 minute Skype/Google chat, I hope that I can use my perspective and experiences to help you identify solutions, learn tools to deal with resistance, and/or offer ideas for games and icebreakers that I've seen work in similar circumstances.
Message me with an overview of what you're looking for help with, age of participants, objectives of workshop, the methodology you use in your workshops (or your facilitation "style"), and what issue you're hoping to gain clarity on.
Training & Qualifications
Through my study in Partners for Youth Empowerment's Creative Community model, I use experiential learning to bring groups together across difference. I include in my toolbox the ability to lead effective debriefs, engage in conflict resolution, build safe(r)containers, and use a strength-based lens throughout all aspects of my programs.
I have crafted alternative practicums for teacher candidates, supported community changemakers, co-created with youth, and guided arts educators in building their skills. With a focused intention on your group’s goals, I can help you build skills, techniques, and effective programs.
I have been a professional screenprinter for over 12 years and specialize in leading beyond-the-technique workshops for youth from Gr. 5-12, large group art parties, and at youth changemaker conferences.
For a sampling of my workshop and education experience:
“Before I spoke to Barb, I felt terrified about offering screen printing workshops. After just a one hour consultation with her, I not only felt confident to teach a workshop to middle schoolers, I was actually excited! She gave me so many ideas, and practical plans to follow for different types of workshops, as well as little tips and tricks of the trade that she’s learned over the years. My workshop was incredibly successful, the kids had a blast, and I’m excited about teaching more! She was kind, lovely to talk to, her passion for her work was contagious, and she didn’t mind answering my questions as I went along. I can’t wait to work with her again.”
-Alison G., North Carolina
Availability & Preferences
Afternoons and weekends