Welcome to MAFN!

MAFN is a community of professionals dedicated to advancing excellence in facilitation. Supporting facilitators in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and around the globe, MAFN...


  • Provides resources, knowledge, and encouragement for individuals to grow their facilitation skills and confidence;
  • Promotes the value of facilitation to business, government, and non-profit leaders; and
  • Develops facilitation opportunities by identifying and sharing projects for and among our members.  

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Be part of our dynamic community and connect with others who share the same passion and interest in facilitation. Learn with us, find new business opportunities, and advance yourself and the field of facilitation.


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Next Event

Addressing and Embracing Conflict

March 31st, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC

Many perceive conflict in the workplace, home or community as uncomfortable, scary or dangerous. They may seek to avoid conflict and calm people down without addressing the fundamental human needs underlying the conflict.

In this workshop you will learn theory and specific practices to identify and address the important unmet needs in conflict situations. You will develop skills that illuminate the misunderstandings and different experiences and perceptions at the heart of conflict. You will increase your ability to facilitate the growth of mutual understanding and the creation of solutions that address the needs and concerns of all.

Some specific skills that participants will be learning are:

  • Identifying the probable needs underlying a specific behavior or statement.
  • Identifying their own needs in reaction to different stimuli.
  • Identifying their own feelings and judgments in a specific situation.
  • Formulating several doable requests to address a need that they have.
  • Empathizing with people whom they do not agree with.

About Jane Connor, Ph.D.

Jane Connor, Ph.D. is a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. She has shared Nonviolent Communicationsm and other conflict resolution processes in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia and North America. She is co-author of the book Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime. She has facilitated the resolution of conflict in schools, homes, workplaces and communities for 15 years. Currently, she is a sub-contractor for Restorative DC, a non-profit under contract with the DC Public Schools to bring Restorative Justice, an alternative to traditional, punishment-only approaches to conflict and discipline problems, to DC schools.        

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Upcoming Events

03/31/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
03/31/2017 12:30 PM • Bar Deco, 717 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC
04/28/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9


Are you looking for a facilitator for an upcoming meeting or retreat? Do you need a neutral person to conduct your meeting, guiding the group to productive outcomes?

MAFN runs the Find-A-Facilitator Service, the only service of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Browse through the facilitators in our database, many of whom are based in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. All are members of MAFN and are committed to the highest professional standards in professional facilitation.

Facilitators who have the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation have met and maintained the high standards in professional group facilitation set by the International Association of Facilitators and meet or exceed the Competencies required of professional facilitators.

Coming Soon: search the Find-A-Facilitator database to identify facilitators with specific skills and experience.

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