Facilitating Effective group discussions

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (EST)

Don't be "a deer caught in the headlights" when it comes to one of the most important peer leadership responsibilities. Get the communication skills to lead effective group discussions.

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to apply specific communication strategies to effectively facilitate group discussions.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is ideal for:

  • Professionals who coordinate peer mentoring/leadership programs and are looking to expand their training skills by observing a model lesson and activities.
  • College peer leaders in such programs as peer mentoring, student organizations, resident advising, peer education, tutoring, supplementary instruction, cultural ambassadorship, peer counseling/advising


Facilitation is a key skill for peer leaders. Facilitating discussions in meetings, classes, and learning groups requires a specific set of communication skills.  Learn how to open and lead a lively discussion while giving all students opportunities to participate. Our expert instructor will give you the skills to:

  • Develop specific goals for your group discussion
  • Open and lead an effective group discussion.
  • Provide opportunities for all students to participate and improve turn-taking.
  • Encourage shy students to share and manage over-bearing students.
  • Use open-ended questions to create dialogue.
  • Stay on track to meet the goals you set out for the discussion
  • Wrap up discussions and provide conclusion


Kathleen Weinecke, Program Manager, Smart Girl

Kathleen oversees a state-wide mentoring program where college and high school women receive extensive peer mentor training they then use to facilitate small-group mentoring sessions for girls.  She previously worked with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) in Community Initiatives and Investment helping with their Girls’ Leadership Council, Beyond Our Borders special interest fund, Listening Tour, and grant making. When she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, she focused much of her work on teens; organizing and executing logistics and training for national girls’ sports and leadership camps. As a former Big Sister mentor, Kathleen is passionate about youth issues and is delighted to be part of the Smart-Girl team.  Founded in 1998 by four dynamic women, Smart-Girl is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that empowers pre-teen and teen girls to make smart choices and become confident, capable, self-reliant young women.

Purchasing Options

  •  Facilitating Groups Live Webinar with 14-day access to recording - $199
  •  Facilitating Groups DVD recording - $199
  •  Facilitating Groups MP4 High Definition Video Download - $199
  •  2 Part Series: Includes Safe Space and Facilitating Discussions Live Webinars with 14-day access to recordings -$349
  •  2 Part Series: Includes Safe Space and Facilitating Discussions DVD Recordings - $349
  •  2 Part Series Includes Safe Space and Facilitating Discussions MP4 High Definition Video Download - $349
  •  Additional Connections for Individuals from the Same Institution (Great for Off-Campus Students!) $10/additional connection