Welcome to our informational presentation on the International Association of Facilitators
What is FacilitationGroup facilitation is a process in which a person whose selection is acceptable to all the members of the group, who is substantivelyneutral, and who has no substantive decision– making authority diagnoses and intervenes to help a group improve how it identifies and solves problems and makes decisions, to increase the group’s effectiveness.
Who we areWe are the people who make the definition work
Who we are:Members come from all walks of life: Corporate sector in-house staff Public sector facilitators in-house staff Independent Consultants and Facilitators Non-Profit staff Education sector
Where we are:The IAF is divided into seven regions Africa Asia Canada Europe Latin America and the Caribbean Oceania The United States
Where we are:Our 1200 members represent each region and each region elects a director to the Board of the IAF We are truly a worldwide organization
Our Mission Statement:The mission of the IAF is to promote, support and advance the art and practice of professional facilitation
Our Values:Inclusiveness - Including the full spectrum of personal, professional andcultural diversity in our membership and in the field of facilitationGlobal Scope - Connecting and serving facilitators locally, nationally andinternationallyParticipation - Advocating participative methodologies that generateownership of decisions and actionsCelebration - Celebrating life through spirit filled quality interchange,activities and eventsInnovative Form - Modeling a participative and flexible organizationalstructure that promotes growth, change and learningSocial Responsibility - Supporting socially responsible change withinprivate, public and voluntary organizations
Our Vision is to:Be a leading influence in the art and mastery offacilitationBe a worldwide connection between diverse membersand partnersProvide ongoing global exchange of facilitationexpertise
Our Vision is to:Be the premier provider of resources in support of theprofessional facilitatorBe a strong, evolving organization focused oninclusive and participatory practicesProvide relevant information grounded in appliedresearch to meet customer needs and respond to socialtrends
How we communicate:Our Global Flipchart newsletter sets a world standardin member communicationsMany IAF regions have their own additional newsletterMembers are contacted by email with news andmembership itemsInformation is available on our websiteRegional Directors communicate directly withmembers in their regionsOur LinkedIn forums encourage lively discussions
Our StructureThe IAF is a registered organization in the UnitedStates of AmericaThe IAF is governed by an elected Board of Directorswho volunteer their time to the organizationEach Region elects a director for a two-year termEach Region may also have local chapters
Benefits of MembershipAccess to IAF materials online such as“Facilitation 101”Access to the Methods Data BaseIAF JournalMonthly comprehensive newsletter, TheGlobal FlipchartDiscounted Conference RatesAccess to the CPF Program and certification
Benefits of MembershipAccess to the Find a Facilitator feature on theIAF websiteAccess to local chapters (where available)Permission to advertise with the IAF logoAccess to your peers in networks like LinkedInOpportunity to stay current with facilitationmethods and techniques
The Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF)The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) hasmet the need for standards in facilitator certification. In1990, an international team of IAF members identifiedthe core competencies required to facilitate groupinteraction. This teams efforts resulted in the IAFcompetency model and assessment process.
The Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF)The assessment process is based on rigorous peerreview of knowledge, experience and demonstration ofskills. The IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitatordesignation indicates attainment of these corecompetencies. The professional facilitator designationoffers clients an assurance that those who are certifiedare qualified to design and provide basic groupfacilitation services.
IAF and Social MediaFind and Follow us on: Facebook LinkedIn Our YouTube Channel Twitter @IAFacilitators Our website iaf-world.org