Facilitating Safe Spaces
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Facilitating Safe Spaces & Authentic Dialogue


Workshop Description

Category: Learning Environment/ Character Development
Relevance: Optimising the effectiveness of lessons


1. To understand the basic foundations of designing, nurturing & holding safe spaces for authentic sharing & dialogue
2. To understand the key principles and framework in facilitating authentic sharing & dialogue
3. To offer opportunities to practice facilitation skills with immediate coached feedback

Safe spaces are critical to optimal learning. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe. For authentic and deep learning to take place, students need to feel safe enough to reflect and share their thoughts and their emotions - what they really think and feel, not just what they think is expected of them. Studies have long shown that children are especially vulnerable to stress, which inhibits their ability to learn. The goal of an academic safe place is to create an inclusive and effective learning environment in which opportunities for complex cognitive, intra-personal, and inter-personal development exists for all students. This kind of classroom develops structures that promote dialogue, inclusion and respect.

Students can learn and flourish in this environment because they feel empowered to take risks by expressing their unique insights and disagreeing with others' point of view. Safe spaces combined with effective and creative facilitation techniques promote deep understanding and high-order reasoning. It may be also a necessary condition for learning in difficult dialogues.

This unique workshop will offer educators and counsellors knowledge and skills in designing and facilitating challenging conversations. The course will cover techniques such as:

  • Full Value Commitment
  • Activities to nurture mutual Trust & Respect
  • Different frameworks for facilitation (eg “KOLB, ORID)
  • The principle of “vulnerability, curiosity & ignorance”
  • Exploring issues using the metaphors of the “mirror, microscope & binoculars”

The skills learnt on this workshop will be directly applicable in the design and delivery of effective learning experiences for:

1. Emotional Intelligence

2. National Education

3. Character & Citizenship Education

4. Physical Education

5. General Paper

6. Social Studies

7. Service Learning & Values in Action

Audience: All Teachers/ School Counsellors

What Our Participants Say...

  • Authentic conversations and solutions to facilitate.
  • Practical application.
  • Very encouraging, new skillsets.
  • Equipped me with facilitation skills.
  • The sharing by all participants was eye opening.
  • Learning a powerful and useful tool.
  • Many useful strategies taught.
  • A lot of learning.



About the Presenters



Elizabeth Teo was a General Paper teacher with Dunman High School from 2008-2014. During her stint there, she was appointed Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) Mentor and re-wrote the curriculum for Years 1-4 and spearheaded the CCE team in Years 5-6. She trained over 200 teachers in Dunman High School to deliver her curriculum. In 2012, she was awarded the Caring Teacher Award (JC, National Level). In 2013, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award for Teaching and Learning of CCE.

After leaving the service, Elizabeth has conducted workshops for beginning teachers at the National Institute of Education under the Meranti Programme. She has also conducted workshops at various schools across Singapore and taught facilitation skills to school leaders in the West Zone.

Elizabeth is also a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Advanced Trainer and Assessor for Six Seconds © USA. She believes strongly in the all-rounded development of students, helping to enhance students' relationships with themselves, their family and their peers through a whole-school approach which includes engaging parents, teachers, counsellors, school leaders and other stakeholders. She believes strongly in being authentic, never hesitating to share bits of her life story and her vulnerabilities with workshop participants. This has earned her credibility and respect among her students and workshop participants, who find it easy to open up to her.

As a teacher and a freelance facilitator, she believes strongly in the power of personal narratives to touch the heart and change perspectives, biases, relationships, communities and lives. She believes that everyone has a story that deserves to be heard. Her dream is to create safe spaces for participants to tell their stories, to feel supported and affirmed. Through listening to their stories, those that require extra support can be surfaced so that appropriate and timely intervention can take place.



Farid graduated with an Honours Degree in Law from the National University of Singapore in 1987. After a stint as an Investigation Officer with the Singapore Police Force and Deputy Public Prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Chambers/Commercial Affairs Department, he developed his interest in multicultural and experiential learning while working in Guyana, South America, Australia and New Zealand.

Since then, Farid has had over 30 years of experience in the field of multicultural and experiential learning – primarily as a facilitator, trainer and educator. He has trained over 860 facilitators in the field of multicultural and interfaith literacy in Singapore & Australia.


Farid has also designed and delivered training in the field of:

  1. Cultural Intelligence (Certified with the Center for Cultural Intelligence, USA)
  2. Emotional Intelligence (Certified with EQi-2.0)
  3. Civic Literacy/Civil Society

Farid has designed and delivered training programmes for teachers, school leaders and students. They includes Nanyang Girls High School, Westwood Secondary, Bedok Town Secondary, New Town Secondary, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School, Nan Hua High School, ACS Junior, Stamford Primary School, MOE’s Character & Citizenship Education Branch as well as various zone clusters. He has been training trainee teachers at the National Institute of Education (Degree, Diploma and PGDE courses) since 2007. Over 4,860 student teachers have undergone his training.

Farid has been engaged to facilitate and train educators and community leaders in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Brunei, Bhutan, East Timor, Australia and Nigeria.


Registration Details

Topic: Facilitating Safe Spaces & Authentic Dialogue
Trainer: Ms Elizabeth Teo and Mr Farid Abdul Hamid

Dates: 23 to 24 November 2020 (2 day workshop)
Time: 9.00am to 5.00pm

Venue: To Be Advised

Closing date: 3 July 2020 Friday

Workshop Fee:
S$800.00 per participant. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials, tea break(s) and lunch.

Other Information:
Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.

School/Cluster Based Workshop Registration
If your school or cluster is keen to conduct this as an in-house programme, please contact Joseph Loy by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or tel: 6363 0330 on the cost of conducting the workshop.

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