Module 4: Conclusion

In Summary

The central argument put forth in this module is that a well “facilitated process [can] assist a group in accessing its knowledge and potential, through a rich and deliberate conversation, which often transcends the cognitive realm and includes the emotional and symbolic” (Erfan, 2017, p. 38). While not all meetings or facilitators will be able to readily attend to the “emotional and symbolic,” the tools offered in this module aim to provide a pathway that can create more effective and meaningful conversations that can support wider community engagement practices, coalition building and organizational change efforts, which will be discussed in the upcoming modules. There are many methods in this module and not all of them can or will be used at once. Consciously employing even one or two will support deeper dialogue and effective group process.

A Note on the Readings

The readings for this module offer a variety of interpretations of the foundational assumptions, on which dialogue is built, as well as ideas for translating these assumptions into methods or practices of group process. The optional readings provide a deeper dive. It’s important to note that some methods will be more appealing than others and you are encouraged to pursue one approach that is a fit for your work and interests.


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