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Thank you to those of your who participated in the Summer 2022 Facilitator Training! There is not another one on the calendar yet, however if you are interested please reach out to Jenny at so you can be first to know about the next session!


This FREE training provides practitioners with proven tools to help groups in the Fox Valley have transformative communication and bridge differences. Participants learn how to de-escalate tension and build group trust by incorporating insights from mediation, restorative justice, appreciative inquiry, and interpersonal neurobiology.

Dr. Wilson shares a trauma-informed, relationship-centered facilitation approach that includes:

  • Incorporating shared agreements to guide the conversation

  • Crafting questions of curiosity to invite connection

  • Structuring conversation to prevent unproductive patterns

  • Practicing redirections with confidence and respectfulness

This training enables practitioners to facilitate large and small groups in community, business, educational and faith settings.


In the midst of growing polarization in our society, trained facilitators play a crucial role in leading constructive dialogues, especially across divides. To help groups reach their goals, experienced facilitators...

  • Demonstrate effective communication & keen observation

  • Maintain constant neutrality

  • Create & maintain an environment of openness

  • Manage group dynamics so that all voices can be heard

  • Guide group processes, pacing, and momentum

  • Practice appropriate redirections & interventions

  • Trained facilitators will apply their skills by leading monthly dialogue groups organized by Common Ground throughout 2022

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