Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) &  Art of Hosting Introduction Workshops

2  DAY TRAINING PROGRAM $460 (incl GST) per participant including catering & handouts


14 & 15 April 2015: 10.00am – 4.00pm
North Shepparton Community and Learning Centre, 10 – 14 Parkside Drive, Shepparton

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20 & 21 April 2015: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Whittlesea Community Activity Centre, Laurel Street, Whittlesea

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Come and learn how Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is a powerful approach to community work that focuses on discovering and mobilising the resources already present in a community.

ABCD is a strong approach for supporting a productive and inclusive life & recognises that people learn best by; learning from their own experience, having clear principles of practice, and by learning from the experience of other community builders.

Drawing on the experience of the facilitators and participants, you will leave with practical tools, skills and ideas on how to:

  • Focus on assets rather than deficiencies
  • Develop & mobilise an asset map
  • Identify natural leaders
  • Discover skills of individuals
  • Build effective


Come and explore how facilitating interactive workshops and group processes is good sense when bring stakeholders together to create innovative solutions.

Facilitation requires different skills to presenting and public speaking and a skillful facilitator draws on a variety of processes to promote discussion & reflection to encourage the exploration of a topic.

Drawing on the experience of the facilitator and participants, you will:

  • Discover powerful ways to implement ABCD
  • Leave with increased confidence in hosting group processes
  • Discover how to form “good” questions
  • Explore group dynamics
  • Consider how to plan, introduce & debrief exercises using questions that matter

Workshop Leaders

Dee Brooks, Director of the Jeder Institute,  is a passionate and highly energetic community worker who believes everyone has gifts and abilities to share. Dee’s background is in youth work, community research and community development focusing on asset-based community development and the art of hosting. She has worked in every state and territory of Australia. She is an International Faculty Member of the ABCD Institute, the Facilitator of the ABCD Asia Pacific Network and an Art of Hosting trained Facilitator.

Michelle Dunscombe, MAD Consulting, is an enthusiastic Community Development practitioner, facilitator and trainer. She is passionate about strengthening regional and rural communities, developing community leadership capacity, building community resilience and supporting community members to take a lead role in emergency preparedness and recovery.

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