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The skill of facilitating sensitive and nuanced conversations around race is part art and part science. A competent facilitator must understand the foundational principles of communication, psychology, and human behavior. Moreover, the facilitator must facilitate with their ears, heart, and mind. The facilitator of conversations around race must understand that their job is to create an environment of psychological safety and they must always put the group first. 

Masterclass Description

In the Brave Conversations Facilitator Masterclass Dr. William T. Lewis, Sr., will share his insights and secrets to facilitating conversations related to racism in the United States. Dr. Lewis will share the same skills and techniques (self-awareness, empathic listening, impartiality, reframing, and defusing conflicts) that he teaches his college students in social work and human services programs. 


Masterclass Objectives:

By the time you finish the Masterclass, you will:

  • Demonstrate confidence to facilitate sensitive and racially nuanced conversations 

  • Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal skills during sensitive conversations 

  • Learn the strategies of creating a psychologically safe and welcoming environment for participants to engage in sensitive race-related topics  

  • Develop deeper awareness of how unconscious bias impacts personal interactions in the facilitation process. 

  • Learn how to facilitate sensitive and racially nuanced conversations with your ears, mind, and heart.

  • Facilitate mock conversations

  • Receive 360 Feedback on your facilitation

  • Develop strategies to address the three main fears of group facilitation

  • Understand the SCCALE Framework

  1. Set the Tone 

  2. Community 

  3. Communication 

  4. Connecting the stories of the people 

  5. Create a safe space 

  6. Authenticity 

  7. Lived-Experience 

  8. Empathic Listening 

The Brave Conversations Masterclass has (4)

four live sessions and a Private Facebook Group

Welcome and Course Overview (Lives Session)

Practice Facilitation

Session 3

In this session, participants will practice facilitation in a virtual “fishbowl” and will receive 360-degree feedback of their facilitation.

Practice Facilitation

session 4

In this session, participants will practice facilitation in a virtual “fishbowl” and will receive 360-degree feedback of their facilitation.

Unpacking My Cultural Baggage Practice Facilitation

Session 1

In this session, participants will explore their own racial identity development within the context of race and racism in the United States. We will explore concepts of privilege, oppression, and systems of oppression. 

Foundations of Facilitation  

Session 2

In this session, participants will learn the foundational skills and techniques of facilitation to include (self-awareness, empathic listening, impartiality, reframing, redirecting,  and defusing conflicts.  

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