Following the thread of "touchstones for ethical frameworks" from my previous posting and various discussions with colleagues as a result, I find myself drawn to sharing how John Heron's framework shapes my practice. It has been so much part of my operating wallpaper for so long, that it is a real pleasure to disaggregate it and explore it all over again.
In terms of explaining the basis of the model, I can't do better than the explanation on the back of "The Complete Facilitator's Handbook" - "Originating at the Human Potential Research Project, University of Surrey, and rooted in the realities of facilitator training, this model has been continuously developed for over 25 years and is committed to empowering whole people in highly flexible learning environments."
In the humanistic psychology arena, for me it is the whole enchilada - analytical, structured, theortetical content mixed with aspects such as group dynamics, facilitator roles and authority, experiential and whole person learning, co-operative enquiry and social change.
As a model, it provides a leader's manual as much as a facilitator's guide in that his definition of a facilitator is " a person who has the role of empowering participants to learn in an experiential group".
So, whatever you do, wherever you are, if you are engaged with the idea of helping others (and yourself) to learn from experience, then this next blog series might hold something of interest for you.
I certainly hope so anyway.
We will start with The Six Dimensions of Facilitation and his Six Category Intervention Analysis (1975):
Prescriptive = Planning
Informative = Meaning
Confronting = Confronting
Cathartic = Feeling
Catalytic = Structuring
Supportive = Valuing
My question for now is:
Looking at this list, where do you begin?
We will explore your entry point in the next posting...