The Complete Facilitator's Handbook Hardcover – 1 May 1999
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This comprehensive guide is designed to provide the key to successful faciliation. Analytical in approach and highly structured, it aims to help facilitators both understand and develop their own personal style of facilitation. Combining a strong theoretical content, including a comprehensive group dynamic theory, with an extensive repertoire for practical action the book provides the essential foundations for building effective facilitative skills that suit both a facilitator's personality and then closely match the situations they encounter.
About the Author
John Heron was Founder and Director of the Human Potential Research Project from 1970 to 1977, and Assistant Director to the British Postgraduate Medical Federation from 1977 to 1985, out of which the British Holistic Medical Association was formed. He was Director of the International Centre for Co-operative Inquiry, Volterra, from 1990 to 2000, and is co-director of the South Pacific Centre for Human Inquiry, Auckland, New Zealand.
John Heron is a group facilitator and trainer in the fields of co-counselling; co-operative inquiry and new paradigm research; educational and staff development; group facilitation and interactive skills; management development; personal and transpersonal development; professional development in medicine, psychotherapy and the helping professions, as well as a research and author
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A book that is designed to convey the message 'i am very clever' was bound to be full of over complicated language but there are other problems too.
The writing is truly awful.
1. Concepts arrive abruptly often with little relation to the previous section.
2. Nothing flows easily - one is constantly re-reading sections to try and get the sense of an idea that could have been expressed simply.
3. Almost no examples, explanations or contexts are provided.
4. John constantly muddles his post-modern political speech-making as literal fact - nearly everyone seems to be a victim of horrible OPPRESSION - all this in a text book!
5. the books overall organisation is very confusing (a problem that flows from it being comprised of seperate books with subjects that don't obviously relate to eachother and little thought appears to have been given to this)
6. John delights in meaningless diagrams that make no sense. Why are negative influences on a group in a triangle?
In amongst all the needless grandiosity, daft speeches and pointless diagrams there are some nuggets here for any facilitator - but you'll have to work hard to find them.
Anyone reading this book cannot fail to see that John's worst enemy is clearly himself.
It assumes that every student is "damaged" and needs nurturing. I can only guess that this book is aimed at psychologists, as if I attempted some of the activities such as entering a discussion with my students about what learning should take place they would probably laugh me out of the class or hang me.