2017 Session Description

Whole-Group Facilitation
The group is greater than the sum of individuals

Dale Monroe-Cook, Liz Monroe-Cook
90 minutes
Category: Facilitation
Maximum Participants: 20

Group theory and our experiences tell us that any group is itself an entity, not just a collection of individuals. How can we use awareness of and empathy for the group as a whole to foster breakthrough thinking? In this session we will explore key ideas about group dynamics, including a group’s non-conscious processes and the impacts of facilitator behavior, through discussion and short activities.

The Skinny: 3 things you will get from this session

  • Expand your thinking about different aspects of the facilitator role
  • Practice formulating interventions directed to the group as a whole
  • Understand how groups manage the natural tension between group task and group emotional processes when challenged, for example, to go for the “third third”

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Dale Monroe-Cook
Oak Park, IL

Dale Monroe-Cook earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University, completing specialized training in family therapy at the Family Life Clinic there. He has extensive clinical and administrative experience in the treatment of substance use and dual diagnosis disorders, including individual, family and group therapy in non-traditional open treatment settings.

Most recently, he served as Vice President of Clinical Operations at Yellowbrick, an intensive outpatient treatment program for emerging adults that integrates neuroscience, psychotherapy, life skills, wellness research and practice. He has maintained a private practice in Chicago, Illinois for the past twenty years. Now retired from Yellowbrick, he looks forward to travel, kayaking and the time to complete a book related to the history of recorded sound. He is the married father of two adult children, living in Oak Park, IL.

This is Dale’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

Liz Monroe-Cook
Oak Park, IL, USA

Liz Monroe-Cook, Ph.D., has extensive experience as a consulting psychologist focusing on individual, group and organizational effectiveness. She uses creative thinking skills and Polarity Thinking in much of her facilitation, training and coaching work. She draws much of her own learning from the fields of cognitive and social psychology.

She serves as a leader at the Creative Problem Solving Institute, is a graduate of the Polarity Management Mastery Program, and is affiliated with thinkx intellectual capital and Polarity Partnerships, LLC.

She is the recipient of the Creative Education Foundation’s Distinguished Leader award, and presents at many creativity and professional development workshops, including CPSI, CREA, Florida Creativity Weekend as well as Mindcamp. A rich array of work settings and clients — academic, corporate, government and nonprofit — has given Liz many opportunities to focus on creativity elements!

Liz is a returning presenter. Click here to see their sessions from previous years.

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