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The Development of the Dialogue Facilitator
The development of the dialogue facilitator
The Importance of Facilitator Development

Ultimately, the dialogue participants themselves are the most important contributors to success, because they do the real work of dialogue. After participants, the next most powerful predictor of dialogue outcomes is the facilitator, especially in her ability to develop effective helping relationships. Since dialogue is a relationship-building process, the effective dialogue facilitator is especially skilled in facilitating relationships. The dialogue facilitator uses conscious use of self to co-create relationships with participants. Conscious use of self is a multidimensional (or ecobiopsychosocialspiritual) skill set that develops across the life span and includes the interrelated physical, emotional, cognitive, social, and spiritual elements of development. In this chapter, these developmental processes are described. Table ...

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