Definitions of Facilitator, Support Group and Group

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Support Group:

"Group of people with common experiences and concerns who provide emotional and moral support for one another."

Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary


"Number of individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship."

Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary


"Someone who helps to bring about an outcome (such as learning, productivity, or communication) by providing indirect or unobtrusive assistance, guidance, or supervision."
Source: Merriam Webster Dictionary

"A facilitator is a person or organization that helps another one to do or to achieve a particular thing."
Source: Collins Dictionary

"A person responsible for leading or coordinating the work of a group, as one who leads a group discussion."

"A facilitator is someone who engages in the activity of facilitation. They help a group of people understand their common objectives and assists them to plan how to achieve these objectives; in doing so, the facilitator remains "neutral" meaning he/she does not take a particular position in the discussion.
Source: Wikipedia

Skills Set:
Many skills are required to be a good facilitator. The basic skills of a facilitator are about following good meeting practices: timekeeping, following an agreed-upon agenda, and keeping a clear record. The higher-order skills involve watching the group and its individuals in light of group dynamics. In addition, facilitators also need a variety of listening skills including ability to paraphrase; stack a conversation; draw people out; balance participation; and make space for more reticent group members (Kaner, et al., 1996). It is critical to the facilitator's role to have the knowledge and skill to be able to intervene in a way that adds to the group's creativity rather than taking away from it.

A successful facilitator embodies respect for others and a watchful awareness of the many layers of reality in a human group.

In the event that a consensus cannot be reached then the facilitator would assist the group in understanding the differences that divide it.

Facilitators also require good understanding of processes - how to enable group decision-making, structuring agendas for appropriate results, problem-solving, etc. Groups depend on Facilitators to help guide them and focus their discussion.

Source: Wikipedia

Group Dynamics:
"Group dynamics is a system of behaviors and psychological processes occurring within a social group (intragroup dynamics), or between social groups (intergroup dynamics). The study of group dynamics can be useful in understanding decision-making behaviour, tracking the spread of diseases in society, creating effective therapy techniques, and following the emergence and popularity of new ideas and technologies.[1] Group dynamics are at the core of understanding racism, sexism, and other forms of social prejudice and discrimination. These applications of the field are studied in psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, epidemiology, education, social work, business, and communication studies.

The three main factors affecting a team's cohesion (working together well) are: environmental, personal and leadership"

Source: Wikipedia


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