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The Role of the Facilitator

Within this structure, the group can feel safe, they are conscious of the limits and know that the other

participants are as well, but are free to create within them. And the safer we feel, the more prepared we

will be to run risks. That is why both the facilitator and the group have to stick to the rules that have been

established, even if this creates the possibility of conflict. The group might decide for example, not to let

anyone join the workshop if they are more than 15 minutes late as this would disrupt the workshop

process. The question then arises, how would the group deal with this in practice? This, and any other

dilemmas that may arise, need to be discussed when the rules are set. Rules should include a

confidentiality contract to ensure that what is said in the group stays within the group.