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Values and ethics

Values and Ethics

Facilitating Learning and Project Groups


  • What is the purpose of ethics?

Iaf values and competencies
IAF Values and Competencies

  • Inclusiveness – including the full diversity of membership and in facilitation

  • Global Scope -- Serving facilitators locally, nationally, and internationally

  • Participation – participative methodologies

  • Celebration – celebrating life through interchange, activities, and events

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IAF Values and Competencies

  • Innovative Form – Modeling a participative and flexible organization

  • Social Responsibility – Socially responsible change within private, public, and voluntary organizations

Iaf statement of values
IAF Statement of Values

  • As group facilitators, we believe in the inherent value of the individual and the collective wisdom of the group. We strive to help the group make the best use of the contributions of each of its members. We set aside our personal opinions and support the group’s right to make its own choices. We believe that collaborative and cooperative interaction builds consensus and produces meaningful outcomes. We value professional collaboration to improve our profession.

Iaf code of ethics
IAF Code of Ethics

  • Client Service

    • Understanding the purpose of the facilitation

    • Working to resolve contradictions between a group’s intentions and the previously stated purpose.

    • Helping clients to establish realistic expectations

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IAF Code of Ethics

  • Conflict of Interest

    • Refrain from using position to secure unfair or inappropriate favors or privilege

    • Openly acknowledge potential conflicts

      • Personal bias

      • Prior knowledge

      • Relationship with participants

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IAF Code of Ethics

  • Group Autonomy

    • Respect the culture, rights, and autonomy of the group

      • Seek the group’s conscious assent to the process

      • We protect the welfare and dignity of participants

      • We maintain freedom of choice

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IAF Code of Ethics

  • Processes, Methods, and Tools

    • Use processes designed to meet he group’s goals

    • Use the most appropriate process

    • Be proficient in the processes we use

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IAF Code of Ethics

  • Respect, Safety, Equity, and Trust

    • Create an environment that respects individual boundaries

    • Use a variety of methods to bring out the group’s natural abilities

    • Understand that every action we take is an intervention which may affect the process and outcome

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IAF Code of Ethics

  • Stewardship of Process

    • Participants bring knowledge and expertise of the substance of their situation, we bring knowledge and expertise in the group process.

    • We minimize our influence on the group outcomes

    • When we have content knowledge, we offer it with an explanation of our change in role.

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IAF Code of Ethics

  • Confidentiality

    • Individual comments and contributions of group members are confidential.

    • Client information is confidential

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IAF Code of Ethics

  • Professional Development

    • We strive to continuously improve our knowledge and skills as facilitators.

    • We strive for healthy personal development


  • To whom do we owe a duty?

  • Who is our client

    • Primary client

    • Contact client


  • How do we remain neutral or impartial?

    • We are neutral in regards to outcomes, we are not neutral with respect to process issues.

    • We balance process and results


  • What is the best Decision-Making strategy

    • Consensus is desirable

    • The atmosphere of dialog is the primary goal


  • Create Collaborative Client Relationships

  • Develop working partnerships

    • Clarify mutual commitment

    • Develop consensus on tasks, deliverables, roles & responsibilities

    • Demonstrate collaborative values and processes such as in co-facilitation

  • Design and customize applications to meet client needs

    • Analyze organizational environment

    • Diagnose client need

    • Create appropriate designs to achieve intended outcomes

    • Predefine a quality product & outcomes with client

  • Manage multi-session events effectively

    • Contract with client for scope and deliverables

    • Develop event plan

    • Deliver event successfully

    • Assess / evaluate client satisfaction at all stages of the event or project


  • Select clear methods and processes that

    • Foster open participation with respect for client culture, norms and participant diversity

    • Engage the participation of those with varied learning / thinking styles

    • Achieve a high quality product / outcome that meets the client needs

  • Prepare time and space to support group process

    • Arrange physical space to support the purpose of the meeting

    • Plan effective use of time

    • Provide effective atmosphere and drama for sessions


  • Demonstrate effective participatory and interpersonal communication skills

    • Apply a variety of participatory processes

    • Demonstrate effective verbal communication skills

    • Develop rapport with participants

    • Practice active listening

    • Demonstrate ability to observe and provide feedback to participants

  • Honor and recognize diversity, ensuring inclusiveness

    • Encourage positive regard for the experience and perception of all participants

    • Create a climate of safety and trust

    • Create opportunities for participants to benefit from the diversity of the group

    • Cultivate cultural awareness and sensitivity


  • Manage group conflict

    • Help individuals identify and review underlying assumptions

    • Recognize conflict and its role within group learning / maturity

    • Provide a safe environment for conflict to surface

    • Manage disruptive group behavior

    • Support the group through resolution of conflict

  • Evoke group creativity

    • Draw out participants of all learning and thinking styles

    • Encourage creative thinking

    • Accept all ideas

    • Use approaches that best fit needs and abilities of the group

    • Stimulate and tap group energy


  • Guide the group with clear methods and processes

  • Establish clear context for the session

  • Actively listen, question and summarize to elicit the sense of the group

  • Recognize tangents and redirect to the task

  • Manage small and large group process

  • Facilitate group self-awareness about its task

  • Vary the pace of activities according to needs of group

  • Identify information the group needs, and draw out data and insight from the group

  • Help the group synthesize patterns, trends, root causes, frameworks for action

  • Assist the group in reflection on its experience


  • Guide the group to consensus and desired outcomes

    • Use a variety of approaches to achieve group consensus

    • Use a variety of approaches to meet group objectives

    • Adapt processes to changing situations and needs of the group

    • Assess and communicate group progress

    • Foster task completion


  • Build and Maintain Professional Knowledge

  • Maintain a base of knowledge

    • Knowledgeable in management, organizational systems and development, group development, psychology, and conflict resolution

    • Understand dynamics of change

    • Understand learning and thinking theory

  • Know a range of facilitation methods

    • Understand problem solving and decision-making models

    • Understand a variety of group methods and techniques

    • Know consequences of misuse of group methods

    • Distinguish process from task and content

    • Learn new processes, methods, & models in support of client’s changing/emerging needs


  • Maintain professional standing

    • Engage in ongoing study / learning related to our field

    • Continuously gain awareness of new information in our profession

    • Practice reflection and learning

    • Build personal industry knowledge and networks

    • Maintain certification


  • Practice self-assessment and self-awareness

    • Reflect on behavior and results

    • Maintain congruence between actions and personal and professional values

    • Modify personal behavior / style to reflect the needs of the group

    • Cultivate understanding of one’s own values and their potential impact on work with clients

  • 2. Act with integrity

    • Demonstrate a belief in the group and its possibilities

    • Approach situations with authenticity and a positive attitude

    • Describe situations as facilitator sees them and inquire into different views

    • Model professional boundaries and ethics (as described in ethics and values statement)


  • Trust group potential and model neutrality

    • Honor the wisdom of the group

    • Encourage trust in the capacity and experience of others

    • Vigilant to minimize influence on group outcomes

    • Maintain an objective, non-defensive, non-judgmental stance


  • What do you think?