The Training of AsiaWorks Trainers
AsiaWorks trainers are men and women from all walks of life, with varied
professional backgrounds who have elected to make a career change. Among
our trainers previous job titles are engineer, accountant, real estate
developer, advertising executive, lawyer, banker, opera singer, professor
and PhD. Click here for individual trainer biographies.
Training facilitators to full competence in leading AsiaWorks programmes is a process that can take three to four years.
The training process is a true apprenticeship. Candidates learn the role
of the facilitator by spending literally hundreds of hours in a live
workshop environment, modelling the ways of thinking, speaking, and
interacting of senior facilitators. This is a rigorous process that
demands not only intellectual understanding, but also internalizing the
principles of the workshop fully at the emotional and experiential levels.
These hours in the workshop room are supplemented with one-on-one coaching
by a senior facilitator who serves as the candidate's mentor throughout
the training process. In addition, there are classroom sessions for working
on specific facilitations skills, such as making large-group presentations
or debriefing experiential exercises. Video is used as a learning tool in
these classroom sessions, both for providing a model of best practices,
and for giving feedback to candidates. Selected readings from the great
Eastern and Western philosophical and psychological traditions are included
to expand the candidate's range in thinking about basic human issues.
Facilitator candidates begin by learning the prepared script for the
experiential exercises in the curriculum, so that they can deliver the
introduction, instructions, wrap-up and debrief of each exercise with
consistent wording and a consistent contextual approach. Along with mastering
the script and delivering it consistently, candidates also study the underlying
purpose of each exercise, and where it fits in the overall flow of the workshop.
Once the deeper context and flow of a workshop has been thoroughly understood
and integrated, candidates take on the most challenging aspect of the
facilitator's job: spontaneously interacting with participants' sharing to
create insight and breakthrough. This is the final step in mastering the subtle
art and science of facilitation. Again, this can only be learned live in the
workshop room, with the guidance of an experienced senior facilitator.
This kind of facilitation is an old-fashioned vocation rather than just a job.
It demands commitment to serving people's highest good, and a willingness to
set aside personal ego needs. In return, there is a high level of fulfilment
in witnessing others achieve lasting breakthroughs to higher levels of functioning.