Enhancing facilitation skills through a practice development Masterclass: The other side of the rainbow

Sally Hardy, Danielle Bolster, Teresa Kelly, Joan Yalden

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Objective Professional impact and practice based outcomes of an inaugural Practice Development Facilitation Masterclass, for facilitators of Practice Development activity in Victoria, Australia, is presented. The Masterclass educational program format is designed to incorporate experiential learning strategies with individual transformation as an explicit goal. The program structure is underpinned by critical social science and delivered through a co-operative inquiry approach. Evidence of personal and professional transformation, identified as a consequence of participation in the Masterclass is reviewed, as we aim to share the 'other side of the rainbow', as a symbol of participant's transformation during the Practice Development Facilitation Masterclass experience. Primary argument Skilled facilitation is a key requirement in modern health care, as practitioners are expected to innovate within a changing and complex workplace environment. Conclusion Using a Practice Development facilitation Masterclass program format as outlined, provides a structured experiential educational program that could enhance and enable many professional teams to understand and facilitate effective health care practice. Engaging in a co-operative inquiry process provides a supportive yet challenging learning culture for sustaining individual and team's professional development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-47
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Journal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • (Individual
  • Co-operative inquiry
  • Facilitation
  • Practice development
  • Team and organisational) transformation

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