Scope envisions facilitation as a collaborative process used to help participants discuss matters of interest, ascertain and achieve goals and complete tasks in a mutually satisfactory manner. This facilitation style aids participants in maximising their ability to work together by collaboratively creating space which encourages participation. Through our process we surface all perspectives including - less popular views - while guiding group members through proven problem solving techniques which can be applied to both present and future situations they may encounter problem solving techniques which can be applied to both present and future situations they may encounter.
Our methodology incorporates an extensive LGBTQIA+ basic information session used to unpack the content and challenge participant views on the subject matter. This process allows for questioning and reflection as new content is being shared, while fostering an environment which allows for honest participant interaction around sensitive information. The information provided in the sessions is aimed at encouraging participants to think through their perceptions on gender identity and sexual orientation. The information session is also aimed at equipping participants with knowledge that can be used in approaching LGBTQIA+ issues in various contexts.
The participants are introduced to terms in discussion by looking at the differences between Sex and Gender (e.g. sex is connected to biology and gender is connected to the roles, attitudes and activities that society considers appropriate for men and women). Participants are also introduced to the idea that gender is a broad spectrum and far exceeds normative male and female roles.
Through interactive activities participants engage with the construct of gender to understand how complex we all are as individuals. They are also introduced to the concept of gender fluidity by looking at pronouns such as him, her and them.
Introductory sessions are meant to ascertain what the participants already understand and to provide information that may separate myths from facts. We define each term and provide a context and description for it. Terms used to describe people of different sexualities provide some context and afford participants the opportunity to look further than their own perceptions of gender identity and sexual orientation. Essential to the methodology we use, Scope pays attention to the role of empathy in discussions and exercises where empathy is essential to the workshop experience. This encourages participants to think carefully about their own prejudices and promotes an acceptance of difference.
It is important to use to allow for flexibility when facilitating activities around gender identity and sexual orientation because there are often many questions and it is crucial to focus on the careful dissemination of information. The information provided is important because it is part of work being done to prevent further prejudice in a myriad of contexts.