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Supporting Change by Facilitating in the Here & Now

  • 01/31/2020
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
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Many groups want to change, grow, and evolve – and facilitators can be crucial in helping them create a vivid picture of their desired future state. A vision of that desired future state is essential – but it isn’t enough. This session will explore the power of the Paradoxical Theory of Change, therapist Arnold Beisser’s premise that real change happens not when we strive to be different, but when we become more fully aware of who we are. For facilitators and our clients, finding new understanding of the current state opens doors we didn’t even know existed, and unleashes new energy for change.

Participants will:

  • Reflect on the premise of the Paradoxical Theory of Change, and the importance of the “here and now”
  • Explore the implications of this theory in supporting change for groups
  • Identify methods for keeping ourselves in the “here and now”
  • Examine methods to help clients stay in the “here and now”

About the Presenter

Paul Cooper has devoted his 25-year consulting career to helping clients improve collaboration and internal communication. He helps clients build new awareness and mobilize energy for change through facilitated meetings, coaching, organizational development, and qualitative research. 

Paul is a Certified™ Professional Facilitator; in 2015 he completed a rigorous international program on Gestalt methods in organization development, supporting clients in Hungary, Singapore, and South Africa. He is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and holds a certificate from the National Charrette Institute training for leading contentious public input sessions. 

His book, Change Agent Nation: Create Change in Your Neighborhood…or Across the World was published in 2019 and is available on Amazon.

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