Participant Centered Group Facilitation

One of the evidenced based strategies for nutrition education is to conduct groups in a participant- centered manner. Rather than “teaching” participants about nutrition facts, this method utilizes the knowledge and attitudes of the WIC participant to engage the group in a meaningful discussion. The New York State’s Talk, Listen, Connect (TLC) group facilitation model is utilized during this two-day training in which participants will have an opportunity to practice techniques and skills of facilitation.

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
• Develop an understanding of a participant-centered group facilitation approach
• Practice key communication skills that facilitate conversation and group participation
• List the components of group dynamics
• Develop strategies for managing challenging participants
• Set and maintain group norms and boundaries
• Integrate nutrition education in a participant-centered manner

Target audience: WIC Coordinators, CPA+, Qualified Nutritionist, CPA