The Role of a Reflection Facilitator - Skills and Perspectives

The focus of group reflection is to provide a respectful space for volunteers to listen to each other and to what is happening within themselves.  An important part of the facilitator's role is to help group members to feel comfortable together and form a safe place to reflect on experiences.

Facilitators of Reflection groups protect and create a space where:

  • Reflective silence and listening are encouraged
  • Creativity blossoms
  • What is shared in the group is held in confidence by all group members
  • The focus of reflection is to examine our actions and experiences rather than to provide additional content
  • Diverse experiences and beliefs are respected and each learns from listening to this diversity
  • Integrating volunteering experiences with personal backgrounds, spiritualities, faith perspectives, and worldviews is encouraged
  • Contemplation is focused on our action so that our action becomes contemplative

Facilitators of Reflection Groups:

  • Provide a role model of listening deeply
  • Offer good questions to deepen reflection 
  • Respectfully encourage group members to notice and listen for where direction, insights, and meaning are emerging from their own experiences
  • Are sensitive to group dynamics, working to include everyone in the conversation while respecting the freedom of each individual to choose how much they share on a given topic